Quinoa and Spinach Pilaf


Great with any meat.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 1 ¼ cups water

  • 5 (5 ounce) packages baby spinach

  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onion and garlic until onion is softened, about 4 minutes. Add quinoa to onion mixture; cook and stir for about 1 minute more.

  2. Pour water over quinoa mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover saucepan, and simmer until quinoa is tender and water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

  3. Stir spinach and lemon zest into quinoa mixture; season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

231 Calories
6g Fat
36g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 231
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 146mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 53mg 267%
Calcium 206mg 16%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 1261mg 27%

* 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.

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