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10 Delicious Quinoa Recipes That Kids Will Love to Eat

We’ve curated a list of 10 mouthwatering quinoa recipes that are not only packed with essential nutrients but are also sure to tickle those tiny taste buds.

Cheesy Quinoa Bites

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a bowl, combine cooked quinoa, cheddar cheese, eggs, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix until well combined.
  • Form small bite-sized balls or patties and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Colourful Quinoa Salad Bowls

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • Assorted diced vegetables (bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa and diced vegetables.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper to create the dressing.
  • Drizzle the dressing over the quinoa and vegetables, tossing gently to combine.
  • Serve in individual bowls, allowing kids to create their colourful combinations.

Also Read: Fun Fruit-Based Recipes for Kids to Try

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Patties

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • In a bowl, combine cooked quinoa, mashed sweet potatoes, breadcrumbs, egg, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Mix until a uniform mixture forms.
  • Shape the mixture into patties and pan-fry in a lightly oiled pan until golden brown on each side.
  • Serve with a favourite dipping sauce.

Quinoa Pizza Bites

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Favourite pizza toppings (pepperoni, bell peppers, olives, etc.)

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a bowl, mix cooked quinoa, tomato sauce, and half of the mozzarella cheese.
  • Spoon the mixture into mini muffin tins, forming small cups.
  • Top each cup with the remaining mozzarella and your favourite pizza toppings.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Berry and Banana Quinoa Porridge

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup milk (dairy or plant-based)
  • Mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • Honey or maple syrup for sweetness (optional)
  • Instructions:
  • In a saucepan, heat the milk until warm.
  • Stir in the cooked quinoa and continue to heat until it reaches your desired consistency.
  • Remove from heat and top with mixed berries, sliced banana, and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup if desired.

Chicken and Vegetable Quinoa Stir-Fry

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup diced chicken breast
  • Assorted vegetables (broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • In a wok or large skillet, sauté diced chicken until cooked through.
  • Add assorted vegetables and minced garlic to the pan, stir-frying until vegetables are tender-crisp.
  • Stir in cooked quinoa, soy sauce, sesame oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Continue to stir-fry until all ingredients are well combined and heated through.
  • Serve immediately.

Also Read: Fun Veggie-Based Recipes for Kids to Try

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa, cooled
  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • In a bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar.
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together quinoa flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing well.
  • Fold in the cooked quinoa and chocolate chips.
  • Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are golden.
  • Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack.

Creamy Broccoli and Quinoa Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • In a pot, sauté diced onion and minced garlic until softened.
  • Add broccoli florets and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle flour over the vegetables, stirring to coat.
  • Gradually whisk in the broth and milk, bringing the mixture to a simmer.
  • Stir in cooked quinoa and season with salt and pepper.
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the soup has thickened and the broccoli is tender.
  • Serve hot.

Quinoa and Cheese Stuffed Bell Peppers

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 4 bell peppers, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or a blend)
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a bowl, combine cooked quinoa, black beans, corn, cumin, chilli powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Stuff each bell pepper half with the quinoa mixture.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of each stuffed pepper.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the peppers are tender and the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Serve warm.

Also Read: 10 Nutritional Benefits of Apple for Children

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • In a bowl, whisk together quinoa flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  • In another bowl, combine cooked quinoa, applesauce, vegetable oil, egg, and vanilla extract.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  • Spoon the batter into muffin cups and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Allow muffins to cool in the pan for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Also Read: Incorporating Brussels Sprouts into Children’s Diets

EuroSchool urges parents to embark on a culinary adventure with quinoa, making healthy eating an enjoyable experience for both you and your little ones.

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