Cheesy Quinoa

I already mentioned that I’ve been experimenting with quinoa for the past few weeks. And while my husband and I enjoy the grain just plain (cooked very much like rice) as a side dish, our daughter hasn’t been a big fan. She enjoys the muffins and turkey meatloaf I’ve been with this, but didn’t really care for it as a side dish.

Tonight she was asking for Mac and Cheese and inspiration struck :)

Cheesy Quinoa Recipe (Kid Approved)

  • 1 cup dry, prewashed quinoa grain
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 small cube of chicken bullion
  • a dash of garlic salt
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese (we used cheddar, but any meltable cheese will do)
  • 1 tbsp of margarine or butter
  • a splash of milk if needed

Add the quinoa and water to a medium saucepan. Add the chicken bullion and garlic salt. Bring it to a boil and give it a good stir. Cover the pot with a lid or plate and reduce the heat to low. Allow the quinoa to simmer covered for 15 minutes or until it is soft and the liquid has been absorbed.

Turn of the stove and add the butter and cheese. Stir it until the cheese is melting into the quinoa. Last night I was a little short on shredded cheese, so I added a good dash of grated parmesan cheese to make up the difference. If needed add a splash of milk until the quinoa is about the consistency of polenta. I had to add a couple of table spoons. Season with salt and pepper to taste if you’d like. We enjoyed it just the way it was.

Ready for more quinoa tips and recipes, I recommend you get a copy of this ebook to learn more. It’s called “The Complete Guide to Cooking With Quinoa“.

It’s packed full of delicious recipes for anything from soups and stews to salads, stir fries and even dessert.


  1. TR says

    Thanks for this, came across it through Google. I was looking for something to try it with the tot figuring cheesy would make it good. I had never made quinoa (my husband makes it), and my toddler had never had it. It was easy, quick to prep, and she loved it, as did we. Only changes, I used boxed chicken stock – no milk or salt added.

  2. Heather F. says

    Love it! Needed something to eat before I headed to work so I made half the serving and it was great.

  3. Krae1023 says

    We loved this! My husband is very picky and has already asked for this again. My 3 year old liked it as well. We used fresh grated Sharp Cheddar. I will make this over and over!! Thank you!!

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