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AUG 2010 – Veggie Quinoa





1 cup quinoa, rinsed thoroughly
2 cups water
½ tbsp olive oil
1 onion, diced
2 tbsp garlic, minced
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 - 3 handfuls spinach leaves
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste


1. Combine the water and quinoa in a pot. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the liquid is gone.

2. Heat olive oil in a sauté pan. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes or until golden. Add tomatoes and spinach and cook until spinach starts to wilt.

3. Add cooked quinoa and remainder of ingredients. Stir to combine. Serve or immediately or chill and eat cold as a salad.