Cheesy Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach Recipe

Cheesy Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach Recipe

How To Make Cheesy Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach

A modern take on a well-loved middle-eastern dish, this quinoa pilaf has goat cheese gouda and spinach to give it all that creamy, healthy goodness.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 40 minutes



  • ¼cupquinoa
  • 3tbspolive oil
  • 2tbspraw sunflower seeds
  • 2clovesgarlicminced
  • ½cupfresh spinach leaves
  • 2tsplemon juice
  • cupgoat gouda cheesegrated


  1. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat.

  2. Add the quinoa, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes until the quinoa is tender.

  3. Drain in a mesh strainer, and rinse until cold; set aside.

  4. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, stir in the sunflower seeds, and cook for 2 minutes until lightly toasted.

  5. Stir in the garlic, and cook for 2 minutes or until the garlic softens and the aroma mellows.

  6. Stir in the cooled quinoa and spinach; cook and stir until the quinoa is hot, and the spinach has wilted.

  7. Stir in the lemon juice, and all but a pinch of the cheese. Stir until the cheese has melted.

  8. Serve sprinkled with the remaining cheese.


  • Calories: 230.26kcal
  • Fat: 18.68g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.17g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 11.36g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.42g
  • Carbohydrates: 10.82g
  • Fiber: 1.32g
  • Sugar: 0.44g
  • Protein: 5.67g
  • Cholesterol: 13.68mg
  • Sodium: 103.75mg
  • Calcium: 101.06mg
  • Potassium: 146.19mg
  • Iron: 1.02mg
  • Vitamin A: 43.45µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.37mg
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