Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cheesy Quinoa Bowl

This is one of the easiest meals ever! And so uberly delicious. I am totally enamored with roasting veggies right now... because, well, almost anything tastes good when it's roasted. I guess the same concept that applies to frying food applies to roasting food, because it's worked for me! Seriously, any veggie roasted equals happy stomach for me, plus, I don't get why brussels sprouts get such a bad rap? They're so friggin' delicious, and they're so cute - like mini cabbages, which, basically they are!

Anyways, the quinoa is just a great base to any meal you'd want to cook. It's incredibly simple. All you do is cook the quinoa in your rice cooker, and it does all the work for you! No simmering over a pesky stove or stirring and all that jazz. After it's all cooked, just quickly sauté it up with some garlic and Parmesan and by gosh, it's so tasty. 

I top it with whatever I have at the moment, like above, I had some roasted brussels sprouts, I wilted down some spinach, and topped it with feta and pine nuts and it was so satisfying and so healthy! One of my favorite quick meals, honestly. But the possibilities are endless. As a side to some grilled salmon, or the base of a salad - use your imagination :)

Cheesy Quinoa Bowl
Yields: about 6 servings

For the quinoa:
2 cups cooked quinoa (I used 1/2 regular and 1/2 red quinoa)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup crumbled French feta cheese
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsn. olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Optional toppings:
roasted veggies of any kind
sautéed spinach with garlic
poached egg
seared salmon
... the options are endless

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the quinoa and heat until warmed and the garlic flavor is fragrant throughout. Once warmed through, add the Parmesan and heat until it starts to melt, about 1 - 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, then stir in the feta cheese and pine nuts. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve under anything you'd like!


  1. quinoa! i love quinoa. i'm going to make this.
    -jocee <3

  2. Looks like a delicious, nutritious, and a simple one-bowl meal! Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is 100% my kind of meal. Mega yum!

  4. This looks so good! I might have to make it right now.

  5. Looks interesting. Would love to try this... just need to find me some quinoa...

  6. @ Cookie + Kate: This totally reminds me of something you would make! Must try more of your recipes soon :)

  7. Oh, how nice, all my favorite things in one bowl. Thank you for this!

  8. That looks like the most delicious meal ever. I love rice bowls with leafy greens, so I know I'm going to be totally into quinoa bowls too!

  9. Wow this looks delicious! I will definitely be making this!!!

    1. After having eaten this SIX times in the past week, I thought now would be an appropriate time to thank you for this delicious recipe! I've been adding grilled chicken, roasted garlic, and fresh lemon juice and it is SO GOOD! Thank you!

    2. I love it maryclaire!!! Seriously this is the best base to any meal... so yummy, glad you enjoyed it :)

  10. quinoa in a rice cooker? good golly, that's brilliant! i love my rice cooker so, but never thought to press it into service in such a fashion.

    happy to have stumbled on your lovely space, here.

  11. I made this, just as prescribed, and it was ahhhhhmazing. Kick-ass job!

  12. Oh my God, this looks amazing. Times like this I really thank God for Pinterest. I can't wait to put this on our meal plan for next week!