Spinach and Parmesan Quinoa

Spinach and Parmesan Quinoa
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Here's a delicious healthy side dish, that's sure to please and goes with everything from grilled chicken and fish to baked pork chops. It's a favorite of mine to serve with simply marinated and grilled lamb chops.

Other than a side dish, this would also make a terrific vegetarian lunch idea or as part of a Meatless Monday supper.

Serves 6

Bring to a boil over low heat:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Cover and simmer very slowly for 15 to 20 minutes until the grains are cooked but still a little firm to the bite. As in cooking rice I like to keep the pot covered tightly, turn off the burner in the last five minutes and let it it sit: then fluff with a fork when it's done.

In a wok or large saute pan add:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 small minced shallot
Saute for a moment to soften the shallot and garlic then add:

  • 1 small red, yellow or orange bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup pitted olives (optional)
  • 1 small diced de-seeded tomato
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Saute for only a minute or to heat the peppers through, then remove from the heat and toss in:

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
Toss together well until the spinach wilts and serve immediately with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and shards of Parmesan as a garnish.

Spinach and Parmesan Quinoa
Spinach and Parmesan Quinoa

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