Quinoa with Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes, Spinach, and Pine Nuts


I found this Cooking Light recipe on My Recipes and new it would pair perfectly with the chicken dish I was making for dinner. I was super excited to see that I also had every ingredient I needed on hand – you can’t beat that! I wondered how my family would feel about this side dish because I haven’t made quinoa much in the past. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they all loved it! The roasted garlic gave the quinoa a really delicious flavor and I loved the color, texture, and flavor the tomatoes, spinach, and pine nuts added. The salty Parmesan topped it off perfectly and we gobbled it all up. This was a easy, healthy, and delicious side dish that would pair nicely with many main entrees.

Prepare the roasted garlic. Click the link for instructions. Once the roasted garlic has cool, separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins. Set aside.

Toast the pine nuts. Heat a small dry skillet over medium low heat; add the pine nuts, then toast for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until golden brown. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Heat a small pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, and shallot. Cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add the quinoa to the pan and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover with a lid and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in garlic pulp, spinach, and tomato. Pour into a serving bowl and top with shaved Parmesan. Serve immediately. Enjoy.


 

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Quinoa with Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes, Spinach, and Pine Nuts

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 15-17 min.

Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients:

1 bulb of roasted garlic (see recipe & link above)
2 tsp olive oil
Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
1 shallot, finely diced
1/2 cup of quinoa
1 cup of chicken broth
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1/2 cup of grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 cup of baby spinach
1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
Shaved Parmesan, to taste

Directions:

Prepare the roasted garlic. Click the link up above for instructions. Once the roasted garlic has cool, separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins. Set aside.

Toast the pine nuts. Heat a small dry skillet over medium low heat; add the pine nuts, then toast for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until golden brown. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Heat a small pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, and shallot. Cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add the quinoa to the pan and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover with a lid and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in garlic pulp, spinach, tomato, and toasted pine nuts. Pour into a serving bowl and top with shaved Parmesan. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Cooking Light - My Recipes

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21 Responses to “Quinoa with Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes, Spinach, and Pine Nuts”

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    justagirlfromaamchimumbai — April 3, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    I just discovered Quinoa and I love it. So many things we can do with it without feeling guilty :)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 3, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

    Love everything about this! And I think I have everything on hand too!

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    Carmen Rosa — April 4, 2013 @ 1:53 am

    Hi Pam,
    What a fantastic combination of flavours and aromas in this recipe and it also look so gorgeous!
    Cheers,

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    bellini — April 4, 2013 @ 4:06 am

    I have made this dish from Cooking Light and I loved it too.

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    Jenn — April 4, 2013 @ 5:20 am

    Sounds like the perfect side dish!! And yes, you cannot beat having all ingredients on hand… might as well go out and buy a lottery ticket too – it just might really be your lucky day :)

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    The Café Sucré Farine — April 4, 2013 @ 6:19 am

    We love quinoa, to me it’s like a blank pallet, it can take on so many delicious flavors. Thanks for another great recipe!

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    Diane — April 4, 2013 @ 6:27 am

    Think I should try this, I have not yet managed to win my husband over to Quinoa yet, maybe this dish will help :-) Have a good day. Diane

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    Shannon — April 4, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    That looks amazing!!

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    Susan — April 4, 2013 @ 7:50 am

    Quinoa has been such a good find for SB and I … it’s consistency lends itself so well to cool salads as well as warm fruity breakfast starters! This is another nice approach,Pam!

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    Lia — April 4, 2013 @ 1:23 pm

    Hi Pam,
    Another of your fabulous combinations that ends up in a beautiful and mouthwatering plate of food.
    DELICIOUS!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — April 4, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

    What a looker! This is a lovely dish Pam.

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    teresa — April 4, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    i really need to cook with quinoa more, this looks so bright and healthy! yum!

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    Joanne — April 4, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    Roasted garlic is one of those ingredients that could win me over to any dish! Sounds like a fabulous side dish!

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    Rhonda — April 4, 2013 @ 6:53 pm

    I need to cook more with quinoa, I think my husband might actually like this!

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    Natalie — April 4, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

    I just saved this! I am obsessed with new quinoa recipes! Looks like a good one!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — April 4, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

    It sounds like a great side dish. Great colors and flavors.

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    Greek Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Capers, and Feta | My Best Cookbook — April 4, 2013 @ 11:03 pm

    [...] nicely. This recipe is a keeper and I will be making it again – SOON. I  served it with the Quinoa with Roasted Garlic, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Pine Nuts for a healthy and delicious [...]

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — April 4, 2013 @ 11:58 pm

    A very healthy and delicious quinoa recipe, pam.

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    grace — April 5, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    i’m a big fan of roasted garlic, and quinoa is an excellent vehicle for that flavor. very nice dish, pam!

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    Chris — April 6, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

    Quinoa just hasn’t done it for me. Superfood or not, I prefer couscous over quinoa. That being said, very nice meal that you put together here.

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    Ed — April 9, 2013 @ 4:25 am

    You had me at roasted garlic, but this dish looks delish!

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