Quinoa With Chickpeas and Spinach

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by FrVanilla

Vegetarian recipe from Albi and Walthers, Greens Glorious Greens.

Top Review by Wish I Could Cook

Fabulous! This was incredibly simple and incredibly delicious! I was a bit skeptical about the cinnamon, because to me it's a dessert spice, but it was a great addition -- just a little subtle flavor. I used one bag of spinach leaves and in place of the green onions I used half a vidalia. I'm already planning ways to add some variety (because I plan to make it often), like substituting red beans for the chickpeas. But don't get me wrong, it's perfect as is!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Rinse the quinoa well and drain in a fine-mesh sieve. Combine water and orange juice to equal 1 3/4 cups, and bring to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan. Add the sea salt, orange zest, and rinsed quinoa. Return to boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes to fluff up.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet that has a tight-fitting lid. Add the onions and saute over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, until they have softened and started to brown a bit. Add garlic and saute until golden.
  3. Add raisins, chickpeas, and chopped spinach. Cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, or just until the spinach has wilted. Adjust heat if necessary. Drain any excess water after cooking the spinach. Season to taste with sea salt.
  4. To serve, fold the vegetables into the hot, cooked quinoa. Stir in cinnamon. Garnish with the toasted pine nuts (or walnuts) and orange wedges for a final squeeze of juice.

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