Cheesy Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach

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This creamy pilaf incorporates the fluffy, nutty-flavored grain, quinoa, with a decadent and delicious goat cheese gouda. This has an amazing flavor and texture. Try serving with steamed salmon. I think this would work well with pine nuts as well as a variety of other cheeses. Try regular goat, Parmesan, blue, etc.

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Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Servings:
3
Yield:
1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup quinoa

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ cup fresh spinach leaves

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • cup grated goat gouda cheese

Directions

  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the quinoa, and cook until the quinoa is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain in a mesh strainer, and rinse until cold; set aside.

  2. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, stir in the sunflower seeds, and cook until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic, and cook until the garlic softens and the aroma mellows, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cooled quinoa and spinach; cook and stir until the quinoa is hot, and the spinach has wilted. Stir in the lemon juice, and all but a pinch of the cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted. Serve sprinkled with the remaining cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

233 Calories
19g Fat
11g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 3
Calories 233
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 49mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 128mg 10%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 126mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.