Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Crock Pot Quinoa Salad


Quinoa (pronounced "Keen-wah") is a new food to our house. It has become very trendy over the past couple years and for good reason. It's a superfood. High in protein, iron and fiber and it's gluten free. It looks like a grain but it is actually a seed from a plant. It was time to try it out for ourselves. I actually bought a quinoa salad from Costco over the weekend, but I wasn't crazy about how crunchy it was. I thought that if I put the quinoa in the crock pot, it would turn out light and fluffy, and I was right! Here is my version of this quinoa salad.

Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups of pre-washed quinoa. You can buy pre-washed quinoa in a box at Safeway and Trader Joes or check your local grocery store.
- 3 cups chicken broth (or vegetable)
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- large handful of baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved or quartered)
- 1/2 block of feta cheese, crumbled

Directions:
1. Pour quinoa in crock pot. Add olive oil and stir around.
2. Add chicken broth, salt, cinnamon, and almonds and stir around.
3. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2-4 hours. (I cooked mine on high for almost 3 hours).

When its done, fluff with fork.
4. Add crumbled feta and baby spinach leaves (you can leave the spinach whole or break them up as I did).
5. Cover and cook for 20 more minutes so leaves become wilted.


6. Transfer to a bowl, add your tomatoes and Serve!


6 comments:

  1. Yummy! I've always wanted to cook with quinoa since I've gone gluten free. Just didn't know how to cook it...until now. Thanks so much!

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  2. Such a good idea! I have never used my crock pot to cook quinoa before - but I am totally going to try it out! Thanks for sharing :)I am your newest follower!

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  3. It would have dawned on me to put Quinoa in the crockpot! My family loves it and that would sure make it easy! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Sounds interesting! I love quinoa and have been experimenting with it quite a bit lately... this recipe sounds great- I'll need to give it a try. Thanks so much for linking up to Food Adventure Friday.

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  5. If I wanted to make it veggie free can I simply leave out the chicken? Do I need to substitute anything?

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  6. Sounds like a great recipe! How many servings does it yield?

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