Quinoa Heaven

Mar 20, 2012 in Healthy Recipes | 0 comments

The other day, I had Giada’s cooking show on in the gym, and got this idea for a quinoa dish with a bit of an Italian spin. Giada was making a delicious pasta dish, and I decided to add the same spinach effect to a bowl of quinoa. The toppings just happen to be a few of my very favourites. Avocado, sundried tomatoes and pine nuts can make me devour just about anything they’re atop!

The dish turned out just as I thought it would. A great texture, lovely fresh flavour and FILLING.


250g uncooked quinoa
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp mascarpone cheese
1 full bag of fresh spinach
2 garlic cloves
6-8 sundried tomatoes
2 tbsp pine nuts
1/2 avocado


Cook quinoa as directed (don’t forget to rinse it first – I use a french press to do this!). In a saucepan, heat olive oil. Smash two cloves of garlic and put them in the oil, whole, for 30-60 seconds. Romove garlic cloves. Chop fresh spinach loosely – add to the oil. Sautee the spinach.
Add mascarpone cheese; stir.
Add cooked quinoa. Stir the two together, and top with sundried tomatoes, pine nuts and a few slices of avocado.
Makes 2-4 servings.


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