Quinoa, Spinach and Walnut Stir-Fry

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 4 servings
  • Prep 5 mins
  • Cook 30 mins

Discover quinoa, the super-grain, in this meatless meal.

Quinoa, Spinach and Walnut Stir-Fry
Mark Boughton Photography / styling: Teresa Blackburn

Always a hit with Health Barn kids, quinoa (keen-wa) is a whole grain that's a complete protein, fiber-rich and chock-full of vitamins and minerals. Substitute couscous if you can't find quinoa. Toast the walnuts in the oven for 5 minutes, as they impart a lot of flavor to this dish.


1 cup quinoa
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
5 ounces fresh baby spinach
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Basil leaves (optional)


  1. Place quinoa in small bowl, add water to cover, and swish to rinse. Pour into fine mesh strainer and drain well.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet. Add quinoa. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until golden, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add salt and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook over medium-low until water is absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add spinach and tomatoes. Cook over medium heat until spinach is almost wilted and tomatoes are warmed, about 1 minute. Stir in walnuts and cheese. Garnish with basil leaves.

Recipe courtesy of Health Barn USA.

Learn more about cooking with quinoa from Relish Cooking Show Chef Brian Morris.



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