This is a quick and easy meal!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring chicken broth and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and broth has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.

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  • Cook and stir bacon and onion in a skillet over medium heat until bacon is cooked and onion is softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer and drain mixture on a paper towel-lined plate. Cook spinach in the remaining bacon drippings until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir quinoa, onion-bacon mixture, and cilantro into spinach until evenly blended.

Nutrition Facts

261 calories; protein 15g 30% DV; carbohydrates 22.2g 7% DV; fat 12.4g 19% DV; cholesterol 28.6mg 10% DV; sodium 853.4mg 34% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2013
Tried fixing quinoa for the first time. This recipe is really easy. I reduced the bacon to only 1/4 cup then added 1/4 c. mirin or white wine. Salt and pepper to taste. I skipped the cilantro. Will be fixing this again. thanks for sharing. Read More
(15)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/02/2016
I made this to the letter except for the cilantro. Here is what I did: I added juice of two lemons to the chicken broth for the quinoa; that added a nice citrus flavor that complemented the spinach. Most of all I recommend cooking the bacon separately until it is crisp and then cook the onions. I cooked the two together (bacon and onions) for at least double the time suggested and the bacon never firmed up or crisped at all. It was soft and chewy which was disconcerting. The flavors mixed together well especially the lemon. Lastly we added shredded cheese to the top but Parmesan would have been better than the cheddar mozzarella mix we used. This was our main meal not a side. Read More
27 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2013
Tried fixing quinoa for the first time. This recipe is really easy. I reduced the bacon to only 1/4 cup then added 1/4 c. mirin or white wine. Salt and pepper to taste. I skipped the cilantro. Will be fixing this again. thanks for sharing. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2013
Skipped the cilantro and this was still an amazing side. Red quinoa worked wonderfully. I doubled the recipe, hoping for leftovers. Nope. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
05/30/2013
I tweaked it a bit based on some stuff that I needed to use (green bell pepper chicken breasts) and I loved it! Great flavor reasonably healthy. I used a thick cut bacon that had very little fat on it so the onion and peppers generated most of the cooking moisture as opposed to bacon fat. I think I will make this again and perhaps tweak some more ingredients (possibly garlic or cumin...possibilities are endless!). Read More
(3)
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Rating: 4 stars
10/05/2014
This was a hit although I modified it quite a bit. Based on other reviews I used 1/2 lb. bacon sauteed it by itself and removed it to drain. I added a half cup of white wine to the drippings and cooked the onions while the wine reduced adding the spinach when it was almost dry. After adding the bacon onion and spinach mix into the quinoa I added about a tsp of lemon juice and a tsp of cumin for flavor. Did not use cilantro though I would if I had it. In the future I'll use even less bacon and chop it into smaller pieces and use low sodium chicken broth. Will definitely make again! Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2013
Absolutely wonderful. The whole family loved it! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
09/05/2013
Delicious! I added a some parmesan and some mozzarella and it turned out wonderful. My husband and I are going grain-free so this recipe is a perfect weeknight dinner. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2013
I did not use the cilantro but it was delicious without it! Will make this again for sure! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2014
wonderful and easy. I would suggest cooking the onion separately from the bacon so the bacon can crisp up better. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2014
I liked it but I think it was a bit too salty and meaty. I used 12 oz of turkey bacon and parsley instead of cilantro. So I think I'll cut the meat and add more quinoa. I ate it for lunch as a main dish rather than as a side. Read More
(1)
Rating: 3 stars
03/02/2016
I made this to the letter except for the cilantro. Here is what I did: I added juice of two lemons to the chicken broth for the quinoa; that added a nice citrus flavor that complemented the spinach. Most of all I recommend cooking the bacon separately until it is crisp and then cook the onions. I cooked the two together (bacon and onions) for at least double the time suggested and the bacon never firmed up or crisped at all. It was soft and chewy which was disconcerting. The flavors mixed together well especially the lemon. Lastly we added shredded cheese to the top but Parmesan would have been better than the cheddar mozzarella mix we used. This was our main meal not a side. Read More