Spinach and Beef Quinoa Stir Fry

It's official, I'm a BSc Human Nutrition and Dietetics student *woo* and I'll be starting University in a week. I've wanted to do this for such a long time that sometimes I smile to myself just thinking about it. Who in this world doesn't want to build a career around their passion. Anyway, let's talk about this spinach and beef quinoa stir fry that's been giving me all kinds of feels. Spinach has become a staple in our house; we have it with pretty much everything and that's not only because of it's nutritional benefits. When spinach is cooked right, it makes one tasty side. It's also great to throw into stir fries adding some much needed colour. This is a tasty and simple stir fry that will have you coming back for seconds, a recipe that's purely a result of my cravings.

Prep: 10 mins                                                                                    Cooking time: 15 mins
Serves 4

What you need: 

  • 500g beef mince
  • Cooked quinoa 
  • 1/2 chopped finely onion
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 handfuls Spinach
  • 1 tin of red kidney beans, drained
  • 2 handful beansprouts
  • 1/2 cup sweetcorn
  • 1 tin of Chickpeas, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Over medium heat, cook beef in a large skillet. Cook until no pink colour remains, the mince will be a brown colour (about 8 minutes to it through).
  2. Drain grease from pan and add a tbspn of olive oil.  Add in onions, red pepper flakes, beansprouts, spinach, chickpeas, red kidney beans, sweetcorn and stir fry for about 2-3 minutes. Add 4 tablespoons of water, lime juice and lower the heat.
  3. Add in honey, turmeric, cayenne pepper and season. Gently stir in quinoa , mix well for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately.

Bon appetit.
Nokhuthula xo 
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