Dinner Tonight: Quinoa with Chard and Mushrooms

Dinner Tonight: Quinoa with Chard and Mushrooms
Dinner Tonight: Quinoa with Chard and Mushrooms
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    [Photograph: Blake Royer] Last time it was farro; now it's quinoa. My wife is doing all she can to introduce healthier foods into my diet. I'm up for the challenge, as long as the ingredients I use still taste good and don't just act as vehicles for a bunch of vegetables that don't taste like much on their own. Whatever I cook should be valued first for its flavor, and then for how good it is for me. Often, you can make those two goals work in tandem; it's just that once you move "tastes great" out of first place and replace it with "healthy," it's all downhill. Fortunately, I was really impressed with quinoa: It was nutty, fluffy, and tender. Though it looks like little pieces of brown cous cous and tastes like some kind of grain, it's actually a seed. Unlike most grains, it's a complete protein. I found this recipe in the January issue of Martha Stewart Living, which stirs in a highly flavorful mixture of Swiss chard and mushrooms to the cooked quinoa and tops it with shaves of Parmesan. There's no doubt that it's good for you—but that doesn't mean it has to taste like sawdust. About the author: Blake Royer founded The Paupered Chef with Nick Kindelsperger, where he writes about food and occasional travels. After a year in Estonia, he's now living in Chicago.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup quinoa
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 pound Swiss chard, chopped
    • Small pinch red pepper flakes (to taste)
    • 1 clove garlic, sliced
    • 12 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
    • 1 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
    • 1/2 ounce Parmesan shavings (carefully use a vegetable peeler)

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    Nutrition

    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 4
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 228 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 6 g 9.9%
    • Saturated Fat: 1 g 4.11%
    • Trans Fat: 0 g %
    • Cholesterol: 0 mg 0%
    • Sodium: 248 mg 10.34%
    • Calcium: 83 mg 8.26%
    • Potassium: 944 mg 26.96%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 4 mg 24.63%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 35 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 6 g 22.63%
    • Sugar: 3 g
    • Protein: 11 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 2 g
    • Vitamin A 139.02%
    • Vitamin C 60.58%
    • Vitamin D 1.49%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat1
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch2
    • Exchange - Vegetables1
    • Exchange - Lean Meat0
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total2 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total3 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total0 oz-eq

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