Yesterday I was ambitious and decided to prepare dinner before going back to work! It is so hard for me to start cooking at 7pm because I know the food will take another 30 minutes or so and that is just way too long for my stomach at that time. I threw together a very simple dish, combining ingredients that I had in the house. We make quinoa often, but usually with water, cooking the quinoa with vegetable broth added a nice, subtle flavor. The husband loved the overall combination, the tell tale sign of a good dish is when there are no leftovers :-) Quinoa with Mushrooms, Spinach, and topped with Pine Nuts Ingredients1 cups quinoa 2 cups vegetable broth 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil 1/2 cup white cooking wine container of mushrooms 1 bag of pre-washed spinach 2 cloves of garlic, chopped Salt and pepper for taste Pine Nuts if desired for topping
For the quinoa: Prepare quinoa as recommended on the package (2 cups of water and 1 cup of quinoa). Instead of cooking the quinoa in water, use vegetable broth for extra flavor.
For the mushrooms and spinach: Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan on medium heat. Add the mushrooms and half of the white cooking wine, saute for 2 minutes. Add the spinach and the other half of the white cooking wine, and saute 2 more minutes. Add the chopped garlic, salt, and pepper. Saute for a few more minutes. Combine the quinoa, mushrooms, and spinach and top with pine nuts for extra flavor, and if so desired a little parmesan cheese (in my opinion it makes everything taste better).