Flavourful Spinach Quinoa Side Dish

Spinach Quinoa

This is a quick and flavourful side for those busy soccer/ game nights. Full of protein, complex carbs from the quinoa- so your blood sugar levels will not spike. The spinach adds fiber, Vitamin A and magnesium making this a power packed food for on-the-go nights!


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 small red onion finely chopped
  • 2 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 1 cup spinach (chopped)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. grapeseed oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a pot, boil 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups broth of your choice.
  • Turn down the heat and simmer the mix, and cook until done.
  • Fluff with a fork.
  • You can use water instead of broth, too but I find the broth adds a nice flavour to the end product.
  • In a pan, sauté the onions till golden brown, add garlic and suate for a minute or so.
  • Make sure the garlic does not burn/ turn brown, as it will give a pungent taste.
  • Add the spinach and sauté till soft.
  • Add the quinoa, smoked paprika and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve warm as a side dish or serve as base with chicken / fish fillet

Great dish for office lunch, family meals, pot-lucks or picnics.

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