The initial inspiration for this dish came from Oh She Glows (Mandarin Maple Spiced Quinoa) but I ended up making so many substitutions and additions that it became a completely different recipe all together.
2 tbsp. quinoa, toasted
1/2 c. water
1 c. packed baby spinach, minced
3 tbsp. canned chickpeas
1/2 tbsp. raisins
1 pitted date, chopped
2 mini honey mandarins
1/2 tbsp. raw almond butter (regular is fine too)
1 tsp. agave nectar
1 tsp. pepitas, toasted
a pinch each of salt, pepper, cinnamon and garlic powder
sprinkle of nutritional yeast (optional)
Cook quinoa according to directions.
Add minced spinach (I mince mine in a food processor), chickpeas, date, and raisins and cook for about 5 minutes until all water is absorbed.
Add spices, almond butter, and agave and stir until combined.
Transfer to a bowl and top with pepitas and yeast!
SERVES: one. (This recipe is very adaptable, so feel free to play with measurements.)
INFO: 260 calories.
And the best part??
Look how tiny the mandarin sections are!