Meatless Monday Recipe – Spinach Pesto Quinoa

9 Apr

Sorry for the late post today…better late than never!

I know I just posted a recipe on Friday about quinoa but I just can’t seem to get enough of this versatile high protein power food.  I haven’t actually tried this recipe yet but you all know what I will be having for dinner tonight 😉

1 cup quinoa
1/4 lb. fresh snow peas, ends trimmed and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced

spinach pesto:
2 1/2 cups baby spinach packed, divided
1/2 cup raw or lightly toasted walnuts
2-3 cloves garlic
juice and zest of one small lemon
salt to taste
1/4 cup olive oil

Rinse and drain the quinoa well. Place in a saucepan with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. You’ll see a little curlycue when it’s done cooking. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

To make the pesto, place the garlic and a pinch of salt into the bowl of a food processor and give it a few pulses to break the garlic up. Add in 2 cups of spinach, walnuts, lemon zest and juice and puree, while slowly drizzling in the olive oil. Salt to taste.

Combine the quinoa and pesto in a bowl and mix well to combine. Stir in the reserved 1/2 cup spinach, snow peas, and radishes. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Source:  Whole Living


Have a fit and fabulous day.



One Response to “Meatless Monday Recipe – Spinach Pesto Quinoa”

  1. MeriApniSaheli April 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Looks tempting. Love to try new Quinoa recipes. Will surely try this. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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