Quinoa with Roasted Mushrooms

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Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 6

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Tags: vegetarian · vegan · high · fiber ·

Ingredients

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 small pear, peeled cored and chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
2 pounds portobello or baby bella mushrooms, chopped
1 cup red or white quinoa
3 cups tightly packed spinach, chopped
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Method

Preheat oven to 475°F.

Put vinegar, mustard, pear and garlic in a blender with 1/3 cup water and blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Cut mushrooms into chunks and combine in a large mixing bowl with 1/4 cup of the pear balsamic dressing. Spread mushrooms in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast mushrooms until tender, stirring occasionally, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.

While mushrooms roast, prepare quinoa. In a medium pot, bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil. Stir in quinoa, cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove pot from heat and set aside, covered, 10 minutes more. Uncover and fluff quinoa with a fork.

Combine mushrooms, quinoa, spinach, green onions, almonds, salt, pepper and 1/2 cup more pear balsamic dressing in a large, wide serving bowl. Stir to mix well. Serve with remaining dressing on the side.

Source: Whole Foods Market (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/2854)

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