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$1.81 per serving
Ready in 15 minutes
Spoonacular Score: 100%
The recipe Spinach Pesto Quinoa Bowl can be made in around 15 minutes. One serving contains 430 calories, 18g of protein, and 14g of fat. This gluten free recipe serves 4 and costs $1.81 per serving. It works well as a budget friendly main course. 3495 people found this recipe to be tasty and satisfying. Head to the store and pick up baby spinach, basil pesto, parmesan cheese, and a few other things to make it today. To use up the quinoa you could follow this main course with the Quinoa Pudding as a dessert. Overall, this recipe earns an awesome spoonacular score of 100%. Similar recipes include Spinach, Basil and Avocado Quinoa Bowl, Quinoa Patties with Eggs and Spinach Pesto, and Mason Jar Quinoa Spinach Salad with Arugula Pesto.
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Quinoa is super healthy. Read more about its health benefits here.
The great thing about parmesan cheese is that a little goes a long way, especially if you're buying the real deal.
Most dairy products stay good well past their sell-by date. Instead of throwing out perfectly safe food that is just a few days or maybe even a week or two old, make sure the product smells fine, has a normal texture, and doesn't taste funny. Sniff testing isn't exactly rocket science and it can keep you from wasting food (and money).
Kosher salt is a type of coarse-grained salt popular among chefs because it is easy to pick up with the fingertips and sticks well when coating meat. The name "kosher salt" comes from the word "koshering", the process of making food suitable for consumption according to Jewish law. You can easily substitute table salt or sea salt in recipes where the salt is being dissolved, but if you're using it to coat meat, you might wish you had the kosher salt.
If you've never made quinoa before, be sure to rinse it well before you prepare it. The easiest way is to put it in a fine-mesh strainer and run water over it from the sink. Skipping this step could result in bitter, even soapy tasting quinoa because quinoa's natural coating tastes pretty bad. Quinoa sold in supermarkets is often pre-rinsed, but its better to be safe than sorry, right?
If parmesan plays a big role in the flavor of your dish (or if you're a serious foodie or serious about avoiding additivies) it might be worth your time to track down "true" parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano.
Parmesan cheese is traditionally made using rennet, an animal-derived enzyme. For this reason, true parmesan cheese is not suitable for vegetarians. You might be able to find a vegetarian hard cheese to substitute.