With Kelvin traveling so much, I have been trying lots of new recipes out on myself, trying to determine whether or not I could sneak them onto our table (we don’t have a table yet, but let’s pretend) and get his nod of approval someday. I also always love finding a recipe that could easily translate to lunches for work. And of course, quick recipes are always nice too. This one is all of the above. It went together really fast, it took only a few ingredients, it was incredibly filling, and it is already packaged away for lunches and leftovers this week. And to top it all off? I thought it tasted awesome. The simple mix of lemon, cheese and basic spices give the quinoa just enough flavor to distract someone, like my dad for instance, from it’s slight resemblance to bird seed.
GOAT CHEESE AND SPINACH QUINOA
- 1/2 sweet white onion, diced
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 chicken breast, cooked and in bite-sized pieces
- 1 C quinoa, uncooked
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup spinach, chopped
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 4 ounces goat cheese, semi soft or soft
- Salt and pepper to taste
1. In a fine mesh strainer, rinse the quinoa under cold water. Pour the rinsed quinoa into a saucepan, add 2 C water, and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, for 15-20 minutes. When finished, set to the side.
2. In a large sauce pan, add the tablespoon of olive oil. Stir in the diced onions and saute over medium heat, until soft. Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about a minute. Add in the diced chicken and cook an additional minute or so, while stirring.
3. Over low-med heat, add the cooked quinoa to the saucepan, mixing well. Add in the spinach and goat cheese (reserve a little bit of goat cheese for topping, if you wish), continuing to stir until the cheese has melted and been distributed evenly.
4. Stir in the lemon juice and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the reserve goat cheese.
WW Points: 6
With the chicken, I consider this a main dish. However, you could easily omit the chicken and this would be a great side dish as well.