Lemony Quinoa With Pine Nuts & Spinach

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1 cup quinoa

2 cups water

2 cups raw spinach, washed

½ cup pine nuts

¼ cup olive oil, plus a dab for the pine nuts

½ cup golden raisins

2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest

½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Freshly ground black pepper to taste


Preheat the oven to 325ºF. In a saucepan, cook the quinoa with the water according to the directions. While the quinoa is cooking, slice the spinach into thin strips. Brush the pine nuts with a dab of olive oil, place them on a baking sheet, and bake them in the oven until lightly toasted, about 10 minutes. Transfer the warm, cooked quinoa to a serving bowl and add the toasted pine nuts, raisins, lemon zest, and parsley. Place the sliced raw spinach on top of the quinoa. In a separate bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and cumin. Slowly add in the remaining ¼ cup olive oil to form a paste. Pour the dressing over the quinoa mixture, making certain to moisten all of the ingredients. Add freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve this nourishing and delicious dish warm or at room temperature.

Recipe by Elise Museles. First appeared in Gutbliss (Penguin 2013).

Elise Museles is a Certified Eating Psychology and Nutrition Expert, creator of the Food Story platform and the wildly popular blog Kale & Chocolate. As an author, speaker, health coach, and podcast host, Elise’s mission is to empower women to create a healthier relationship with food and their bodies by changing what’s on their plate – and what’s in their minds. Elise recently launched her podcast, Once Upon A Food Story, where she shares the “Food Stories” of leading health experts such as Kimberly Snyder, Dr. Frank Lipman, Robyn Youkilis and more. She’s also the best-selling author of Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover.

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