About this recipe:A fabulous way to introduce yourself to quinoa. I finally tracked down some quinoa after hearing so much about it. It's easy as to use, tastes great and good for vegetarians and vegans as it's high protein. Also gluten-free.
1 vegetable stock cube
olive oil for frying
1 large clove garlic, finely chopped
1 bag spinach
salt to taste
100g grated Cheddar cheese
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Method Prep:15min › Cook:30min › Ready in:45min
Rinse the quinoa. Bring the water and stock cube to the boil in a medium pot and add the quinoa; cook for about 15 minutes or untill fluffy. There should be about 125ml water left in the pot.
While this is cooking, heat some oil in a frying pan over medium heat and add the garlic. Cook for a minute or two then stir in the spinach. Cook till reduced and mostly wilted, about 5 minutes.
Mix the quinoa and spinach mix together. Press it all into a baking dish and sprinkle the cheese over the top. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 C / Gas 4 for about 30 minutes until the cheese is melted and the flavours have combined.
You could endlessly vary this dish using whatever you have on hand and using different cheese too, or make it vegan and have no cheese. You don't even really have to bake it - it's pretty well good to go after you've mixed everything together.