Baked Quinoa with Spinach and Cheese

    1 hour

    I finally tracked down some quinoa after hearing so much about it. It's easy as to use, tastes great and good for veggos/vegans as it's high protein. Also gluten-free.


    New South Wales, Australia
    7 people made this

    Serves: 2 

    • 1 cup quinoa
    • 2 1/2 cups (625ml) water
    • oil for frying
    • 1 bunch spinach or silverbeet, washed and chopped, white stalks removed
    • 1 big clove garlic, finely chopped
    • salt, to taste
    • 100g (ish) grated cheese-tasty or cheddar
    • 1 vegetable stock cube

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Rinse the quinoa. Bring the water and stock cube to boil in a medium size pot and add the quinoa; cook for about 15 minutes or until fluffy. There should be about 1/2 cup water left in the pot.
    2. While this is cooking, heat some oil in a frypan on a medium heat and add the garlic. Cook for a minute or two then stir in the spinach/silverbeet. Cook till reduced and mostly wilted-about 5 minutes.
    3. Mix the quinoa and greens/garlic mix together. Press it all into a baking dish and sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake in a pre-heated oven - at 180 degrees C - for about 30 minutes until the cheese is melted and the flavours have combined.

    Other ideas

    You could endlessly vary this dish using whatever you have on hand and using different cheese too, or make it vegan and have no cheese. You don't even really have to bake it - its pretty well good to go after you've mixed everything together.

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    I thought this recipe would be boring. I only made it for a healthy choice and different that my normal steamed vege. When the smell of the garlic was mixed with the warm quinoa (I boiled it in homemade chicken masterstock) it was amazing! My mouth actually watered over a simple grain! I mixed with brocollini, capsicum and Gruyere. Everyone came back for seconds and thirds. Such an easy recipe and I will be making it again  -  06 Aug 2010


    Yes Trish, the recipe is not vegan. It was a suggestion from the submitter that it could be made vegan by removing the cheese.  -  28 Apr 2010


    Great quinoa dish that was surprisingly filling. I will definitely make this again  -  24 Jan 2011