Tuesday, December 6, 2016

{Recipe Files}: Spinach Artichoke "dip" Quinoa Bowl

This recipe is a take on another recipe I made a bit ago where this goodness was stuffed into peppers and baked. I found that that was a lot of work, and I ended up just really liking the quinoa mixture (plus it didn't require baking this time), so I tried it and it was a hit! 
Think the yummy taste of spinach artichoke dip, but with a heartiness to it that's good for a meal!

What You Need:
~1 Cup uncooked quinoa
~2 Cups reduced sodium chicken broth/veg stock (or you can use water, which I did)
~Extra virgin olive oil
~20 ounces spinach leaves (fresh or frozen; if using frozen make sure it's thawed and squeezed out pretty well)
~3 cloves minces garlic (or 1.5 tsp from jar)
~1/2 tsp dried basil
~1/2 tsp salt
~1/4 tsp black pepper
~14 ounce can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
~1 Cup shredded mozzarella, provolone or some other melty cheese
~1/2 C nonfat plain Greek yogurt
What You Do:
1. Add quinoa and veg stock (or water) to a sauce pan and heat over medium heat.  Get to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover for about 15 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed (follow the directions on your quinoa package)

2. While the quinoa is cooking, using a saute pan, add in some olive oil over medium heat. Then add in the spinach, breaking up any clumps as you go.

3. Add in the garlic, basil, salt and pepper and cook through for about 30 seconds to a minute, then add in the artichoke hearts and cook until warmed through (or until your quinoa is done).

4. Stir in the quinoa, cheese and Greek yogurt and watch as the skillet transforms into spinach artichoke dip.

Plate it up and enjoy!
Because of the quinoa, this is a really filling dish. Yes it has cheese in it, but otherwise, it's pretty good for you!

16 comments:

  1. Yum! I love spinach artichoke dip, so this sounds amazing to me!

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  2. you had me at spinach artichoke! seriously looks awesome and love how filling it is with the quinoa. yum

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  3. This sounds absolutely delicious!!!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  4. Yum!! This is our "cooking season" ha - we make so many more new meals this time of the year so I love finding new ones that people like!

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  5. This sounds amazing with the added quinoa!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  6. Yummy! Not sure my hubs would love it but I would! I could prob throw some chicken in and he'd be happy :)

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  7. This looks amazing! I love the dip but a whole meal?! heck yes!

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  8. Yes indeed! Some of my favorite ingredients included in this dish, spinach artichokes and quinoa, how can you go wrong?

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  9. Oh this is interesting and it looks pretty tasty!

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  10. Spinach and artichoke are such a great combo, love mixing it in with quinoa, perfect meatless Monday dish!

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  11. Spinach and Artichoke with/on anything and I'm there! Yum!!!!!

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  12. this is absolutely brilliant! i agree, i've made a few stuffed peppers recipes and they never get made again just because i find another way to enjoy them more if that makes sense. this with quinoa sounds delicious!

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  13. I will need to try this one! Sounds like a warm dish for a cold night!

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  14. I'm always looking for new quinoa recipes. Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids #TastyTuesdays

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  15. Yum. I love dishes that have quinoa in them!

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  16. This sounds amazing...spinach and artichokes go so well together and the quinoa give transforms it into a delish meal! Can't wait to try this recipe.

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