Cheesy Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach

Cheesy Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach


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About this recipe: This creamy pilaf incorporates the fluffy, nutty-flavoured grain, quinoa, with a decadent and delicious hard goat cheese. This has an amazing flavour and texture. Try serving with steamed salmon. I think this would work well with pine nuts as well as a variety of other cheeses.


Serves: 1 

  • 4 tablespoons quinoa
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 50g fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 25g grated hard goat cheese, such as Gouda or Cheddar

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to the boil over high heat. Add the quinoa, and cook until the quinoa is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain in a mesh strainer, and rinse until cold; set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, stir in the sunflower seeds, and cook until lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic, and cook until the garlic softens and the aroma mellows, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cooled quinoa and spinach; cook and stir until the quinoa is hot and the spinach has wilted. Stir in the lemon juice and all but a pinch of the cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted. Serve sprinkled with the remaining cheese.

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Reviews (2)


Used different ingredients. I added sesame and sunflower seeds to pumpkin seeds, and I added finely chopped ginger and chilli pepper and used less garlic. - 22 Feb 2010


Loved the recipe. Very quick and easy to make and tastes delicious. I boiled quinoa a night before while cooking dinner and used the cooked quinoa to make quick lunch next day. - 22 Feb 2010

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