Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Whats for lunch? Quinoa!

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!


Jaime said...

I'm sorry to sound harsh, but why are worried about calories? And why do you eat a mere 2 T of quinoa? You look sickly thin, and it's not healthy nor is it attractive. You look as though you need some serious help.

Miso said...

Hi! I really like your recipes and also your creations of oatmeal bowls!!

VeriityKae said...

Jaime- Im sorry it took my so long to reply to your comment, Blogger wasnt allowing me to make replys for quite a while. Now that thats fixed, I dont appreciate you coming on my blog to criticize me. Two tablespoons of DRY quinoa ends up being a fourth of a cup which, when adding everything else to the dish... is perfectly normal for a side dish. I need to count calories so I dont lose any more weight, not as a method of weight loss. Ive been dealing with a number of medical issues and find it rude for you to tell me that Im too thin and sickly. If someone was overweight, I highly doubt you'd walk up to them and say "Wow, youre huge, I think you should go on a diet." Am I correct? Bah.. anyways, you probably wont even read this, never mind reply but I just felt that I needed to get my opinion out there just in case you do.