Hey! So I’m really not used to making recipes… I usually just throw things together!
But I’m going to try to explain this to you! =)
What you need:
1/2 cup quinoa (dry)
10 stalks of asparagus
3 garlic cloves
about 1/4th of a red onion (medium)
1/2 cup (loose) of grape tomatoes… basically a handful =)
5 spinach leaves
1 tbsp olive oil
salt, crushed red pepper, dried/fresh parsley and lemon to taste!
*make sure you wash your veggies! also check the quinoa box. If it doesn’t say “Ready to Use” or “No Wash Needed” ASSUME that it should be washed a little! Better safe than sorry =)
What you do:
Chop up your asparagus! Personally, I didn’t want to chop it smaller than an inch in length. Do whatever you want when it comes to that =)
Check your quinoa box for how much water to how many cups. My box said 2 cups for 1 cup of quinoa. 1/4 cup was a serving, so I decided to make 2 servings of it instead of 4. Basically for me it was 1 cup of water to 1/2 cup of dry quinoa! When you look at the directions, it will tell you how long to boil and how long to simmer! Make sure you take note of that!
While you’re quinoa is boiling, boil your asparagus as well! You can either boil the asparagus in water with a little oil, a little salt, or a little butter. (I used a pinch of salt!) Also, boil it at a low flame. Your quinoa is going to take a bit longer to finish boiling.
While all of that is going, chop up your onion! You can dice it or cut it into slivers like I did.
I personally love cooking my garlic whole and in the skin, so i broke off my 3 cloves and just squashed them with my knife. If you’re going to do this, be careful! Place the knife on top of the garlic so that it’s flat, NOT IN A CUTTING ANGLE. Then you want to hit the knife to squash the garlic. I use a wide knife so that it’s less likely to hurt myself. (BTW I don’t eat the garlic with the skin.. i just cook it in the skin because it makes it more flavorful! lol)
I left my tomatoes whole, but if you want to, slice them in half! I did that today with a different recipe and it tasted just as amazing!
Pour about 1tbsp of olive oil into a pan or wok. Heat it just a little on a medium/low flame. Add the garlic and onion. Note that you DO NOT want to fry/burn the garlic and onion! You should only be sautéing them =) If they start to burn, turn the flame a bit lower, or remove the pan from the flame!
When the red onion starts to get pale in color, add the tomatoes. Let them sit for a minute or so and then stir. Add the asparagus (it should be a nice vibrant green at this point!). Now add your spices! =)
I think I used maybe 1/2 teaspoon of salt/pepper/parsley. (I used dried parsley but if you have fresh parsley throw that in toward the end!) I usually try to keep my spices in proportion!
Add your quinoa to the pan with everything else! After mixing everything in, add your spinach leaves (and fresh parsley if you have that). Fold them underneath everything and turn the flame off. Let it sit for a few minutes so that the spinach can cook a little.
Then put it all on a plate and add as much lemon as you want!
This entire meal (both servings) comes out to being under 500 calories!!!!!!!