Bacon Spinach Quinoa Recipe -
Bacon Spinach Quinoa Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Bacon Spinach Quinoa

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    35 mins


  1. Bring chicken broth and quinoa to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and broth has been absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  2. Cook and stir bacon and onion in a skillet over medium heat until bacon is cooked and onion is softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer and drain mixture on a paper towel-lined plate. Cook spinach in the remaining bacon drippings until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir quinoa, onion-bacon mixture, and cilantro into spinach until evenly blended.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 13, 2013

Tried fixing quinoa for the first time. This recipe is really easy. I reduced the bacon to only 1/4 cup then added 1/4 c. mirin or white wine. Salt and pepper to taste. I skipped the cilantro. Will be fixing this again. thanks for sharing.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 04, 2014

I found that I did not like the Quinoa but I did live the bacon and spinach together.

May 30, 2013

I tweaked it a bit based on some stuff that I needed to use (green bell pepper, chicken breasts) and I loved it! Great flavor, reasonably healthy. I used a thick cut bacon that had very little fat on it, so the onion and peppers generated most of the cooking moisture as opposed to bacon fat. I think I will make this again and perhaps tweak some more ingredients (possibly garlic, or cumin...possibilities are endless!).

Aug 02, 2013

Skipped the cilantro and this was still an amazing side. Red quinoa worked wonderfully. I doubled the recipe, hoping for leftovers. Nope.

Oct 05, 2014

This was a hit, although I modified it quite a bit. Based on other reviews, I used 1/2 lb. bacon, sauteed it by itself, and removed it to drain. I added a half cup of white wine to the drippings, and cooked the onions while the wine reduced, adding the spinach when it was almost dry. After adding the bacon, onion, and spinach mix into the quinoa, I added about a tsp of lemon juice and a tsp of cumin for flavor. Did not use cilantro, though I would if I had it. In the future, I'll use even less bacon and chop it into smaller pieces, and use low sodium chicken broth. Will definitely make again!

Apr 06, 2014

wonderful and easy. I would suggest cooking the onion separately from the bacon so the bacon can crisp up better.

Jan 22, 2014

I liked it but I think it was a bit too salty and meaty. I used 12 oz of turkey bacon and parsley instead of cilantro. So I think I'll cut the meat and add more quinoa. I ate it for lunch as a main dish rather than as a side.

Oct 03, 2013

I did not use the cilantro, but it was delicious without it! Will make this again for sure!


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  • Calories
  • 261 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22.2 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 29 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 12.4 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 3.3 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 15 g
  • 30%
  • Sodium
  • 853 mg
  • 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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