Creamy Spinach & Black Bean Quinoa
Serves: 6
  • 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
  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!!
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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