Creamy Spinach & Black Bean Quinoa

There’s a very important vitamin that you may know nothing about—and that you may be snubbing – vitamin K!

Here’s the vitamin K dealio—and why you don’t want to give it the Kkkold shoulder.  It’s important for blood clotting and preventing excessive bleeding! That’s right, run and fall, and you better have vitamin K in your system to help form a scab!

Spinach Black Bean Quinoa

Luckily, great sources of this vitamin are found in healthy foods like spinach, broccoli, beans, soybeans, eggs and strawberries.

And we want to help you to get your dose of vitamin K in your diet today, so we’ve whipped up this delish recipe for you to try – Creamy Spinach & Black Bean Quinoa!

Creamy Spinach & Black Bean Quinoa

Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup black beans
  • 1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese (or fat free optional**)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

  • Prepare quinoa according to the package directions. Drain and set aside in a medium bowl.
  • Spray a large skillet will oil from a spray container.  Add a tablespoon of oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir for 2 minutes. Add the spinach and continue to stir. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, or until only a small amount of the liquid from the spinach remains.  Add the beans and heat them for another minute. Remove veggies from the heat and place in the bowl with the quinoa.
  • Blend the ricotta, Parmesan, and black pepper in a blender or food processor until combined and smooth.  .Pour cheese mixture over the quinoa and mix well until evenly coated.
  • Enjoy!!

Nutrition Facts: Per serving with low fat ricotta 201 calories, 7 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 99 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 10 g protein

**Using nonfat ricotta per serving=  186 calories, 5 grams fat.

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How do you get your daily dose of vitamin K? Strawberry Salad? Eggs for Breakfast?

Creamy Spinach & Black Bean Quinoa
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • ¼ cup black beans
  • ½ cup low-fat ricotta cheese (or fat free optional**)
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Prepare quinoa according to the package directions. Drain and set aside in a medium bowl.
  2. Spray a large skillet will oil from a spray container. Add a tablespoon of oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir for 2 minutes. Add the spinach and continue to stir. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, or until only a small amount of the liquid from the spinach remains. Add the beans and heat them for another minute. Remove veggies from the heat and place in the bowl with the quinoa.
  3. Blend the ricotta, Parmesan, and black pepper in a blender or food processor until combined and smooth. .Pour cheese mixture over the quinoa and mix well until evenly coated.
  4. Enjoy!!
Notes
Using nonfat ricotta this has 186 Calories and 5 grams fat
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 201 Fat: 7 g Saturated fat: 2 g Carbohydrates: 25 g Sodium: 99 mg Fiber: 3 g Protein: 10 g

 

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