Foodie, Main Eats

Quinoa and Spinach Lunch

December 13, 2012

I have a very picky toddler.

It’s not surprising. I was always a picky eater as well.

Here’s the funny thing: all she ever wants to eat is quinoa. She has straight up thrown fits when I’ve attempted to give her “toddler-friendly” lunches like grilled cheese.

All she wants is quinoa.

I’m more than fine with that.

In order to get her to eat spinach, I have to chop it up really fine; so it looks more like a spice and less like a healthy leafy green.

Here is our current favorite lunch:

-cooked quinoa (about a cup)

-a handful of baby spinach; chopped very fine

-Tbs of olive oil

-2 cloves of garlic; minced

-a splash of low-sodium tamari

-a few grinds of pepper

**I cook up a large pot of quinoa at the beginning of the week. That way I have it at the ready when I need to make speedy lunches during the week.**

In a medium sized saute pan, heat the olive oil up. Add your garlic and chopped spinach to the pan; cook until the spinach begins to wilt. Add the cooked quinoa to the pan and give everything a good stir. Add your pepper and tamari. Cook together until the quinoa is heated through (just a few minutes).

Serve. Enjoy. Be Prepared to make seconds.


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