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

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.

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

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.

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


 

 

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