Quinoa with Spinach, Walnuts and Raisins
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Pronounced Keen Wah, it is a very small grain, similar to couscous. It contains more protein than most grain and contains fiber. The spinach, walnuts and rainsins make the dish even healthier while adding lots of flavor. This a healthy and delicious side dish served hot or cold.
1 cup Quinoa, dry, rinsed
2 cups vegetable broth, reduced sodium
1 cup raisins
1 cup nuts, walnuts, toasted and chopped
1 cup spinach, fresh baby, chopped, packed
In a medium saucepan, add quinoa and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook until all of the liquid is absorbed (approximately 10-15 minutes). Remove from heat and add spinach, walnuts and raisins. Stir lightly. Place lid on pan and let set for 5 minutes before serving. Using a Rice Cooker: If using a rice cooker instead of a stovetop, place quinoa and vegetable stock in the rice cooker. Stir and cook. When finished cooking, add walnuts, raisins and spinach and stir. Place lid on rid cooker and let set for a few minutes before serving.
Per Serving: 477 calories,22 g fat, 2g saturated fat, 12 g protein,65 g carbohydrates, 8g dietary fiber,83 mg sodium