Cheesy Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach

    Cheesy Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach


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    About this recipe: This creamy pilaf incorporates the fluffy, nutty-flavoured grain, quinoa, with a decadent and delicious hard goat cheese. This has an amazing flavour and texture. Try serving with steamed salmon. I think this would work well with pine nuts as well as a variety of other cheeses.

    Serves: 1 

    • 4 tablespoons quinoa
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 50g fresh spinach leaves
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 25g grated hard goat cheese, such as Gouda or Cheddar

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to the 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 frying pan 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.

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    Reviews (2)


    Used different ingredients. I added sesame and sunflower seeds to pumpkin seeds, and I added finely chopped ginger and chilli pepper and used less garlic. - 22 Feb 2010


    Loved the recipe. Very quick and easy to make and tastes delicious. I boiled quinoa a night before while cooking dinner and used the cooked quinoa to make quick lunch next day. - 22 Feb 2010

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