Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Quinoa Salad w/spinach, tomato &beans

I am on the biggest quinoa kick lately! I'm not sure if you saw my Quinoa & Cheese recipe, but let me tell you it was a HUGE hit in our household. It was also the first time my sister AND my aunt had heard of/tried it and they came back for more..so you know it was good!

 Last night I was working on a crock pot recipe, and in the middle of that creation another one was born...

Quinoa with spinach, tomato and white beans

This recipe is all about multitasking, it takes about 35 minutes from start to finish

1 container of cherry tomatoes
1 cup cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 package of fresh baby spinach
1 T minced garlic
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup quinoa,cooked
2 cups of water


Place Quinoa and water in a medium sized sauce pan, bring to boil then reduce to simmer for 30 minutes

While that is cooking :

 Preheat oven to 400 degrees and prep tomatoes for roasting

I like to drizzle them with a little EVOO (I just went Rachel Ray on ya) and sprinkle them with coarse sea salt
Then bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on how you like them to look

While the tomatoes are in the oven it's time to start the spinach and cannellini bean mixture:

In a frying pan combine beans, garlic, onion and a drizzle of EVOO

Once the onions have become translucent (about 6 minutes) add spinach

Keep a watchful eye on both the spinach and quinoa (I told you multitasking was involved!), always stirring the two, making sure nothing burns. At this point you should hear your tomatoes bursting away in the oven. When they look like this:

you'll know they're done!

Once the quinoa has absorbed all of the liquid and the spinach has wilted completely, you are ready to assemble

Toss and serve!

Nutritional Breakdown:
Serves 4 (big portion)
Calories 250
Total Fat 3 g
Sodium  245 mg
Potassium 188 mg
Total Carbohydrate 45 g
Protein 11 g

If you try this let me know! Tweet me (@juskeepsweating) a picture or put it on my facebook page, I'd like to start featuring fan pictures :)

as always...

Just Keep Sweating


  1. Quick question on the Quinoa dish! Do you start with cooked quinoa, and then you re-cook it in the 2 c. water? Thanks!

    1. Hi Laura!! The quinoa is not cooked when you start. Sorry I made this confusing, I will try and fix now!

  2. Great! Thanks... I can't wait to try this recipe :D

  3. Please let me know what you think when you do! Also email or tweet me a picture so I can put it under the 'my sweaties' section!

  4. Will do! I can't wait to try it... Maybe on Monday or Tuesday!

  5. Delicious! Added an additional 2 tbl of lime juice after the initial toss with the dressing. Served it with shrimp pan seared with butter and garlic. Perfect for a hot summer evening.