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Not seeing it mentioned by anyone else, but I soaked my quinoa for about 18 hours before use (1 cup quinoa to 3 cups water & 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar for better assimilation of nutrients) and per other reviewer's recommendations, I used 4 times the minced garlic & added in diced onions & mushrooms when I put the garlic in. Used 2.5 cups of spinach & could have used another cup or two I think without it being too much. It was *fantastic* we absolutely loved it! This was my first try with quinoa & I think this recipe will become a staple- my picky DH really liked it, as did I & our 2 yr old. Our 5 yr old twins were harder to convince, but once they gave it a try they did like it as well. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!
Love. It. This has become one of my regular go to recipes. I usually use a bit more garlic and include onions. Thanks for sharing!
Before today I had only tried quinoa with fruit - I was never very impressed. This recipe was the perfect combination of flavors... A definite must try if you are quinoa shy. The tomatoes and baby spinach give it a delicate sweet flavor and the cheese a mild salty flavor. Toasting the walnuts in advance enhance their nuttiness and make this recipe... well... perfect!
I've never tasted or eaten quinoa before but this was yummy! I did toast the quinoa first, as per recipe 16399. This recipe doesn't mention how much salt to use, so I went with about a teaspoon. Also it does not say how much spinach, so I used about two cups. Will definitely make again.
Toasting the quinoa is key and I will do this for all quinoa recipes in the future because otherwise I find it to be "raw" tasting. You can toast it in bigger batches ahead of time in a dry pan also. I used toasted pine nuts in place of the walnuts and I think it was a great flavor combination. I loved it, a friend of mine loved it, kids were lukewarm and husband also liked it. I will definitely make it again.
Loved this. I have never eaten nor used quinoa before. Made the mistake of soaking already cleaned quinoa - they sprouted! Decided to start again. Lost the walnuts in the kitchen and had to substitute with pecans. Yum but I think the walnuts would be even better (I found them when I was cleaning up after the meal so maybe I will make this again today!).
May have enjoyed more with Feta cheese instead.
This recipe won approval from all at my house. My husband used to be wary of vegetarian dishes. He's come a long way, but even I was surprised how he said how good this was several times. It was very satisfying and filling. The toasted almonds really make the dish in my opinion. I used mozzarella cheese in place of parmesan because that is what I had at the time. It was very good and I will be making it again for sure!
We loved this. The walnuts are important for a nice crunch!
A very substantial and healthy dinner tonight! I used cut up roma tomatoes since I was out of the little ones; seemed to work out just fine. Next time I would use less quinoa as there was quite a bit. Fresh basil is a great addition!