Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mediterranean Quinoa and Lentils


Looking to go meatless for a meal? 
We combined quinoa and lentils with some veggies for a Mediterranean inspired dish that works great as a side dish or as meal on its own. It's quite light but filling at the same time. Serve it alongside some Greek beef or chicken skewers or enjoy it on its own. 
According to MyFitnessPal the nutritional counts are: 334 calories, 42 carbs, 10 fat, 20 protein, 8 fiber per serving. (Recipe makes 5 servings) Of course, if you are serving it as a side there will be far more servings than 5! 


Mediterranean Quinoa and Lentils

Ingredients
1 cup dry quinoa
1 tsp olive oil
1 large onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups fresh baby spinach, chopped
1 can (19 oz/540 ml) lentils, rinsed and drained
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
2 eggs
8 oz crumbled feta
1 tsp dried dill
salt & pepper
Lemon, cut into wedges

Directions
Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 9 X 13 dish with cooking spray. Set aside. 
Cook quinoa according to package directions. Set aside.
In a large skillet heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until onions start to soften - about 3 minutes. Add in the spinach and cook, stirring often, until spinach is wilted. 
Combine quinoa, lentils, spinach mixture, and tomatoes.


In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, feta, dill, and salt & pepper.


Stir the egg mixture into the quinoa mixture until well combined. Spread in prepared 9 X 13 dish. 


Bake at 375 until heated through and top is golden brown - about 35 - 45 minutes. (I like to give it a stir about half way but it is not necessary. I just feel like it heats things more evenly.) 


Serve hot - squeezing lemon over the top. 


I love the melty, salty feta in this dish. There is not a lot of spice in this dish - it relies on the flavor of the feta, tomatoes, onions, garlic, and the hint of lemon. 
P.S. - It also reheats well in the microwave. Just store, covered, in the fridge for 2 -3 days and reheat in the microwave for a few minutes. 

8 comments:

  1. Totally trying this one!!! Love quinoa and lentils but have never had them together! And feta makes everything better! Such a pretty dish and sounds delish!!!

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  2. I was seriously rethinking my lunch menu for today when I saw this but I'm missing quite a few ingredients so I'll have to make it another day. It looks delicious, healthy and a winner! :)

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  3. I love that you put quinoa and lentils together. and using the eggs gives it a really different twist. It sounds so delicious with the feta all melted in there. Yum!!

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    1. Thank you. The feta is sooo yummy! lol

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  4. I haven't tried it yet but would love to try it now. Thank you for sharing recipe, I hope it will be delicious

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  5. Wow... This sounds so delicious. I am a vegetrian but i always wonder for the vitamins and proteins i miss because of not eating meat. But now this recipe has resolved my concern. It is not just delicious but healthy also.

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