Friday, September 14, 2012

Kid Friendly Quinoa Recipe



Quinoa is packed with healthy goodness and protein, but my toddler wasn't a fan - until I made this simple dish. It's a perfect oops-I-forgot-to-make-supper dinner, there is really nothing to it. Something about mixing in organic peas and corn, it makes it more fun for them to eat. It is perfect as a side for some meat or on it's own the way I have it pictured above, with Baby E's 'candy' - cherry tomatoes. She is also a little obsessed with her ECOlunchtray, she just has to have everything in a separate compartment. Hey, whatever makes her happy!

This usually takes about 20 to 25 minutes to make because we like our quinoa well cooked and soft (Baby E doesn't like when it's grainy, frankly neither do I). The recipe serves 2 people, so please double or triple as needed!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water or broth
1/2 cup organic frozen peas
1/2 cup organic frozen sweet corn
Tbsp butter
salt to taste
cherry tomatoes

Directions: 

1. Combine quinoa, water/broth, and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.
2. Turn to low, cover, cook for 15 - 20 minutes. (longer = softer)
3. Add butter and cover to let it melt. Stir.
4. Add frozen peas and corn, stir, cover and cook on medium heat for 5 more minutes. Just make sure there is still some liquid left on the bottom so your quinoa doesn't burn.
5. Serve and marvel at your kids enjoying some quinoa!

If you make this recipe, we would love to know what you served it with or if you put a different spin on it! 

40 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great recipe and your right sometimes you have to tweek a recipe to get little ones to eat healthy

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  2. always wanted to try quinoa. Thanks for the easy recipe

    knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

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  3. I make that for my little one and she loves it i pure in in a blender and just add quinoa to that. I keep some pre cooked in the freezer =)

    I always have bag of organic peas and corn in my freezer.

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    1. Ha, me too! Always some organic peas and corn in my freezer :) Baby E's favorites.

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  4. I have never had Quinoa myself. I will have to check it out. Thanks for the information and for the recipe.

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  5. i love quinoa and would like to introduce it to my 19 mo old...this sounds like a great, yummy way to do that!

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  6. We didn't eat quinoa in my household growing up, but since hearing about its health benefits, I bought a big bag of it at Costco which is now sitting in my pantry. Thanks for this recipe, now I know something to do with it!

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  7. I love that you listed the cherry tomatoes in the recipe. :)

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  8. I make something similar to this using rice instead of the quinoa. I've also been trying to figure out a way to get my kiddos to eat quinoa (I love it). It never occurred to me to make something like this. Simple but something my kids would eat. We might just be having this tonight! :-)

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  9. wow i didn't really think anyone else made this, i sometimes sprinkle a little cinnamon with this , gives it a nice flavor ; )

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  10. Thank you for posting this- I have been meaning to try quinoa. My older one is picky, and this recipe looks like something he might eat!
    Fantasticafternoon at yahoo dot com

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  11. We love quinoa and are always looking for new ways to make it. Thanks for the great recipe.

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  12. I'll give this a try with my little guy who these days doesn't seem willing to eat much of anything at all besides fruit and yogurt! Pinning...

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  13. This is something similar that I make for my toddler, except I use brown rice instead of quinoa.

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  14. looks yummy and seems easy enough to make for a quick breakfast

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  15. Funny how it's often the simple recipes that the kids like the best!

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  16. I was just looking for a recipe like this the other day. I love quinoa. thanks for posting this

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  17. I agree - quinoa is great! I use it in any recipe where I would otherwise use rice or bulgur. Tried your recipe yesterday and it was great, but for my hubby I added some hili flakes1

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  18. I am new to quinoa but this looks yummy I am going to try this. Thanks for the recipe!

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  19. I've never eaten or made Quinoa. But I have to say this looks delicious. My daughter loves eating rice with peas in it so I'm definitely going to make this. I bet my grandson who is so picky with food would enjoy this as well. Thanks for sharing.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  20. I have yet to try Quinoa because honestly, it scares me a little bit. I'm weird about textures! But this seems almost like the fried rice that we make so I will have to try this and test it out!! Thanks!! :)

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    1. My husband is sometimes weird about textures, but the key is to make it flavorful so that texture isn't bothersome (very helpful to cook it with broth and add butter, it's bland without salt too). :) I also found that he didn't like it when I cooked it according to directions on the box, he liked it cooked longer when it is softer and easier to chew. I was honestly intimidated by it until I tried it! Now we eat it all the time :)

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  21. I am weird about food texture to I have had it but I also prefer it when it is well cooked. I've tried as a cold dish at a get together it had lots of garlic and fresh veggies ti was very good.
    chelsea r

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  22. COMMENT FOR RC NAME: Andrew L.

    Thanks for sharing! I've been reading about the benefits of Quinoa and I think the next time we go grocery shopping I'm picking some up to try. It's nice to have a recipe on hand that even our picky toddler might try, I think my wife would really like this one too.

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  23. Looks delicious! I'll have to make this for my grandson. What a great way for him to eat healthy!

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  24. This quinoa recipe looks delicious and I like how simple it seems.

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  25. Thanks for this post I've been looking for recipes like this. I've been trying to get more whole grains and vegetables into my families diet. It looks easy too

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  26. I love this. I also add left over rotisserie chicken to my quinoa recipe and my daughter (15 months) loves it.

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  27. I love quinoa and this looks awesome! Sounds like it would be easy to add things to if if you have any leftovers or other frozen veggies.

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  28. I have been trying to get my two year old to eat quinoa. Have you tried any other veggies in it? He's a hard one to convince to try new foods

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    1. I've never put veggies in it, though I'm sure it would work great. I usually make buckwheat with some sauteed onions and carrots, I think it would be delicious with that. I usually have veggies on the side, and offer no choice but to eat them :) Though I don't stuff them if they don't want to.

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  29. My 12 month old loves quinoa, black beans are one of her favorite add ins. I will have to try it with sweet corn now too.

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  30. I just ate quinoa for the first time on vacation this year and we all liked it a lot. Thanks for sharing a child-friendly version!

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  31. love this! my daughter loves quinoa but its so messy and shes not the best with a spoon. this looks thicker and love the added broth!

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  32. I love quinoa. I like to make a simple Greek salad using this grain. I will have to try this version too because I know my kiddos will love it too.

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