A friend sent me this recipe a LONG time ago and somehow I lost track of it – but I hunted it down tonight to help with family dinner. WINNER. Everyone loved it – just sayin’ 😉
I am not a fan of complicated recipes – well..I’m a fan, but realistically will not actually make them – so I look for quick, easy-to-follow, delicious, healthy recipes. Not too much to ask, right?? Ha.
My mom and I worked on this one together and were pretty entertaining, if I do say so myself. After over-cooking the first batch of quinoa and exploding honey in the microwave, the recipe went rather smoothly.
The original recipe can be found here, and I just um…quadrupled it 🙂
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
- 1 cup edamame (cooked and rinsed with cold water – buy the pre-shelled version to save time)
- 1 cup craisins
- 4 teaspoons olive oil
- juice from one whole lemon
- 4 teaspoons raw organic honey
- 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
STEPS (roughly in “order”)
- Cook quinoa according to directions on package. Make sure to rinse it before cooking. You’ll also want to rinse it with cold water and let it sit in a strainer for a bit (shaking it around every so often) to let any excess water drain out.
- Cook edamame and rinse with cold water. Let sit in bowl while you prepare the rest.
- Grab a couple handfuls of spinach (clearly I’m really particular about measuring) and chop it up.
- Add the edamame, spinach, craisins, olive oil, lemon juice (make sure to pick out the seeds when squeezing), honey, and sunflower seeds to the quinoa and stir well.
- Place in a covered bowl in the refrigerator for a bit before serving. It will hold up well in the fridge for a couple days at least. I’ve never had it last longer than that because we eat it all!& that’s all, folks!!
What I love about this recipe is that you can adjust it however you want! There’s not particular order to add ingredients, and the toughest part is making sure the quinoa and edamame is cooled before mixing.
As far as the ingredients, you can adjust. I didn’t want a ton of sunflower seeds, so I decreased it a bit. I’m sure you could replace spinach with kale (although the taste would be a bit more bitter…so make sure you really massage the kale), or adjust amounts and ingredients as needed..
What would you change/adjust/add to suit your tastes?? Comment below and make sure to share!!