Quinoa and Spinach Pilaf

spinach quinoa
An easy, healthy and yummy side dish from Everyday Food. I served it with Baked Salmon, also super easy and a dish the entire family loves, and thought it was a great pairing. I had leftovers of the quinoa the next day for lunch with some cheese some melted on top...yum!

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 finely chopped small yellow onion
1 minced clove garlic
1 cup rinsed quinoa
1 1/4 cups water
5 cups baby spinach (5 ounces)
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
Salt and pepper

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium. Add onion and garlic; cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add quinoa and cook 1 minute. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Stir in spinach and lemon zest, then season with salt and pepper.

serves 4. per serv: 215 calories; 5g fat; 7g protein; 37g carb; 5g fiber