Quinoa Mixed with Chickpeas and Spinach Recipe

Looking for a simple recipe to up your iron intake, but don’t want to sacrifice time or taste?  Pack this quick cook dish − quinoa mixed with chickpeas and spinach − in your lunch and have your coworkers salivating!

Added bonus? Quinoa, a tiny but powerful super grain, has twice as much fiber as many other grains.

Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 cup water
¾ cup fresh squeezed orange juice (2 oranges)
½ teaspoon sea salt
zest from two oranges
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup organic raisins
1 cup cooked chickpeas
1-2 cups spinach leaves, trimmed, washed, drained and dried
salt to taste
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup toasted pine nuts or almonds
1 orange cut into wedges

Directions:
1. Rinse the quinoa well and drain in a fine-mesh sieve. Combine water and orange juice (to equal 1 ¾ cups) and bring to a boil in a 1.5- or 2-quart saucepan. Add salt, orange zest, and rinsed quinoa. Return to the boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat and let sit covered to fluff up.

2. While the quinoa is cooking, heat the oil in a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid. Add the onions and sauté over medium heat for 10 minutes, until they have softened and started to brown a bit. Add garlic and sauté until golden.

3. Add raisins, chickpeas, and chopped spinach. Cover and cook over medium heat for five minutes, or just until the spinach has wilted. Adjust heat if necessary. Drain any excess water after cooking the spinach. Season to taste with salt.

4. To serve, fold the vegetables into the hot, cooked quinoa. Stir in cinnamon. Garnish with toasted pine nuts or almonds and orange wedges for a final squeeze of orange juice (for extra iron absorption!).

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