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Spinach Pesto Quinoa Bowl

 
This recipe belongs to the top 10% of the most popular recipes.popular
This recipe belongs to the top 10% of the healthiest recipes.healthy
This recipe can be made gluten free by choosing gluten-free versions of basic ingredients commonly found in supermarkets or online.gluten-free
 
One serving costs about $1.81

$1.81 per serving

3497 people like this recipe

3,497 likes

This recipe is ready in 15 minutes

Ready in 15 minutes

spoonacular Score:100%

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.

Ingredients

Servings:
6 cups
6 cups baby spinach
baby spinach
4 Tbsps
4 Tbsps basil pesto
basil pesto
0.5 tsps
0.5 tsps kosher salt
kosher salt
0.5 cups
0.5 cups parmesan cheese
parmesan cheese
2 cups
2 cups quinoa
quinoa
6 cups baby spinach
6 cups
baby spinach
4 Tbsps basil pesto
4 Tbsps
basil pesto
0.5 tsps kosher salt
0.5 tsps
kosher salt
0.5 cups parmesan cheese
0.5 cups
parmesan cheese
2 cups quinoa
2 cups
quinoa


Instructions

Read the detailed instructions on Table for Two Blog

Price Breakdown

Cost per Serving: $1.81
Ingredient
6 cups baby spinach
4 tablespoons basil pesto
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2 cups quinoa
Price
$2.12
$1.03
$1.05
$3.04
$7.24

Tips

Health Tips

  • The great thing about parmesan cheese is that a little goes a long way, especially if you're buying the real deal.

  • Quinoa is super healthy. Read more about its health benefits here.

Price Tips

  • 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).

Cooking Tips

  • 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?

  • 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 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.

Green Tips

  • 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.

Disclaimer

Nutritional Information

Quickview
430 Calories
18g Protein
14g Total Fat
57g Carbs
100% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
430
22%

Fat
14g
22%

  Saturated Fat
3g
23%

Carbohydrates
57g
19%

  Sugar
0.77g
1%

Cholesterol
9mg
3%

Sodium
670mg
29%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
18g
37%

Vitamin K
217µg
207%

Manganese
2mg
107%

Vitamin A
4631IU
93%

Folate
244µg
61%

Magnesium
208mg
52%

Phosphorus
497mg
50%

Iron
5mg
29%

Fiber
7g
29%

Copper
0.56mg
28%

Calcium
256mg
26%

Vitamin B6
0.51mg
26%

Vitamin B2
0.4mg
23%

Vitamin B1
0.35mg
23%

Zinc
3mg
21%

Potassium
741mg
21%

Vitamin E
3mg
20%

Vitamin C
12mg
15%

Selenium
10µg
15%

Vitamin B3
1mg
8%

Vitamin B5
0.74mg
7%

Vitamin B12
0.15µg
3%

covered percent of daily need

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