quinoa + {basil, arugula & spinach} pesto

     Since I’ve found quinoa finally at Pick N’ Pay (none at Woolworth’s, surprisingly) I’ve been trying to get as much quinoa into our diet as possible, since it’s crazy healthy, and like tofu will taste like whatever you want it to. Quinoa is a great substitute for practically anything: pasta, rice, meat, etc. You can swap it out with other ingredients or you can just add it in for additional nutrition.
quinoa + green pesto ingredients list:
1 cup dry quinoa
2 cups packed basil
1 cup packed arugula
1 cup packed spinach
8(!) garlic cloves
3 tablespoons pine nuts
2 tomatoes, chopped
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
zest of one lemon
salt and pepper to taste
     Cook the quinoa according to the instructions on the package. Using a food processor, Take half the garlic cloves, basil and a splash of water and process into a pesto. Deposit into the bowl which you will mix everything. Take the arugula, spinach and remaining garlic and again using the food processor, grind into a paste.  Deposit into salad bowl, and thoroughly mix the two pestos together with a fork. Add tomatoes and pine nuts and mix. Mix balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lemon zest together in a separate bowl, this will be your dressing. Combine quinoa together with basil/arugula/spinach pesto and tomatoes & pine nuts, mix thoroughly. Stir dressing in, taste and adjust taste with salt and pepper. Eat immediately or store in the fridge. Enjoy by itself for lunch, or a side salad for dinner, or as a tapas dip on crackers.