Get ready for your next Meatless Monday hit: Mediterranean-inspired Lemony Quinoa with Spinach, Feta and Beans!
The quinoa craze shows no signs of abating. And we’re so glad! This protein-packed whole grain provides great nutrition in a flavorful and unique package.
Still, we know that parents sometimes shy away from preparing quinoa for their kids. Why? Quinoa has a lean and slightly seedy texture that some kids (and adults!) don’t take to right away.
But this Lemony Quinoa with Spinach, Feta and Beans just might convert any quinoa skeptics living under your roof.
What makes THIS quinoa so good? There’s a “trick” I always tell people who want to turn quinoa into an irresistible dish: serve the grain with creamy ingredients, especially cheese.
And that’s just what we’ve done. Creamy beans, cheese and healthful extra virgin olive oil tie all the flavors and textures together into a satisfying and well-rounded family dinner. Yum!
My kids are crazy about those salty little boulders of feta cheese. I don’t even mind that my five-year-old ate his serving with his hands 😉
Great Flavors, Great Nutrition
Mediterranean-inspired ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, tart lemons, cannellini beans and feta cheese make this zesty quinoa pop.
And the colorful veggies we’ve included target the types that our kids need the most in their daily diet: leafy greens and orange roots. These veggies provide…
- Vitamins K, C, A, and minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron.
- Beneficial fiber for healthy digestion.
- Antioxidants and other phytochemical that help keep cells healthy.
- Vibrant colors, tastes and textures in your kids’ meal!
Plus, we try to include beans in our diet at least a few times a week for their fiber, plant-protein, and iron.
There’s even more to love: the leftovers taste excellent at room temperature, so you can pack this hearty main dish for a school lunch the next day.
Lastly, this Lemony Quinoa comes together in one pot. Yes! So you can hang out with your kids after dinner (or–shhh!– sneak away for a Facebook break) instead of scrubbing pots and pans.
Pair this Lemony Quinoa with fresh fruit, and you’ve created a complete Meatless Monday masterpiece. Enjoy it!