Vegetarian by request…..here you go, Lynne!  Healthy, delicious, nutritious!  This dish is a great side or plentiful enough for a main entree.


3/4 cup Quinoa

3 TBLS Extra Virgin Olive Oil

6 TBLS Raw Sunflower Seeds

2 Garlic Cloves – Chopped

1 Bag Baby Spinach Leaves

Half Lemon

Shredded Cheese

Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil.  Add 3/4 cup quinoa and gently boil for about 15 minutes.  Drain and set aside to cool.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and add sunflower seeds.  Toss around until lightly browned (5 minutes.)   Add chopped garlic and saute for one minute more.  Add the cooled quinoa and the spinach leaves to the skillet.  (It will seem like a lot of spinach leaves, but they cook down quickly.)  Using a pair of tongs, mix all ingredients in the pan as spinach leaves wilt and the sunflower seeds and quinoa are mixed in throughout.  Once well combined, squeeze half the lemon atop the mixture, give it one last toss, and sprinkle with shredded cheese.  Season with salt/pepper to taste.

There are no mistakes with this recipe as you can make adjustments to this recipe to suit your individual likes.  More cheese?  Less Spinach?  It’s up to you.  This is how I prepare this dish and it’s fast, easy, and delicious!  Let me know what you think!

Until next time, Buon Appetito!

6 Comments on “Quinoa-Spinach….Delightful!”

  1. dgeary says:

    I don’t cook often, but this sounds so good and easy to doI am going to try it, Joe. Of course, I will have to find out what quinoa is. Dorothy

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Hi Dorothy – Give it a try – it might become your go-to home-cooked meal!

      Quin-what? Pronounced “keen-wah,” this protein-packed grain is experiencing a moment in the spotlight and showing up on more restaurant menus and recipe sites than ever before. So just what is quinoa and how do you make it? Learn more below.

      1. What is quinoa?
      Quinoa is actually a seed, rather than a grain, that can be traced back to ancient Peru. Packed with protein, quinoa contains every amino acid, and is particularly rich in lysine, which promotes healthy tissue growth throughout the body. Quinoa is also a good source of iron, magnesium, vitamin E, potassium, and fiber.

      (Thank you, Reader’s Digest online.)

  2. Lynne Mollay says:

    Joe – This sounds delightful. I will try it this week and let you know. I love quinoa!!!

  3. Lynne Mollay says:

    This would be about 9 Weight Watcher points per serving. I counted it as 4 servings. Could be lightened up by using a little less oil and just a small amount of cheese. I will try this soon.

    • Thanks, Lynne. I watched the video and it looks delicious and reminds me of when I was a kid. My parents always made something very similar, and sometimes made green beans with boiled potatoes – with a light fresh tomato vinaigrette.

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