A Work in Process
I’d like to add a note about the red bell pepper. Quinoa and spinach are great sources of iron, but the body absorbs iron better when it is served with a little vitamin C. I doubt half a red bell pepper (a vitamin-C powerhouse) really added enough to matter over the course of 8 lunches, but I do what I can. Next time, I might be inclined to omit the red bell pepper and have a little Clementine orange as a side or dessert. The orange gives you the C, but it would also freshen your breath. Garlic + Onion = Watch Out!
One last thing to watch out for… asparagus is a natural diuretic. This is helping me feel less like a whale after vacation. You may want to drink an extra glass of water every day that you have this for lunch. Necessary? Probably not. Good for you anyway? Sure.
The recipe is easily halved, but as-posted: serves 8, approx 325 calories per serving