Source: Nancy Hughes | Category: Entrees, Sauté/Stir-Frying

Spiced Beef on Toasted Almond Quinoa

Beef has been around for ages but quinoa is relatively new on our food radars.

Spiced Beef on Toasted Almond Quinoa

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp canola oil 15 mL
  • 12 oz extra lean ground beef 350 g
  • 1 cup diced onions 250 mL
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper or mixed peppers 250 mL
  • 1 medium yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 can (8 oz) no-salt-added tomato sauce 250 g
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or raisins 125 mL
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon 4 mL
  • 1/4 tsp ground all-spice 1 mL
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin 2 mL
  • 1/2 tsp salt 2 mL
  • 1 1/2 cups water 375 mL
  • 2/3 cup dry quinoa 150 mL
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil 15 mL
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted 60 mL



Instructions

  • 1. In large nonstick skillet, heat 1 Tbsp (15 mL) of canola oil over medium-high heat. Brown beef; add onions, bell peppers and squash and cook 4 minutes or until onions are translucent, stirring frequently. Stir in tomato sauce, cherries or raisins, cinnamon, all-spice, cumin and salt. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes or until onions are tender.
  • 2. In medium saucepan, bring water and quinoa to boil over high heat, reduce heat, cover and simmer 12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, stir in remaining canola oil and almonds.
  • 3. To serve, place quinoa on serving platter and top with beef mixture.

Yield

4 servings

serving size

1 cup (250 mL) beef mixture and 1/2 cup (125 mL) quinoa mixture.

nutritional analysis

Per Serving

Calories420
Total Fat16 g
Saturated Fat2 g
Cholesterol45 mg
Carbohydrates46 g
Fiber7 g
Protein25 g
Sodium360 mg