Quinoa is, like, good for you. You should, like, eat it.
Especially if it is mixed with Mediterranean spices and veggies and topped with melted feta cheese. I saw this recipe on Pinterest, and I was totally drooling over the prospect. I try to incorporate quinoa into my diet as much as possible, because it’s so packed with nutrients and protein. But quinoa is one of those foods that needs a little bit of work to taste good.
This recipe makes that “little bit of work” super simple – you cook the quinoa, then mix it together with the spices and veggies, blend together a cheese sauce to pour on top, and bake until it’s all melty and delicious. It makes a really good vegetarian side dish, or even could be served as a main.
I think, admittedly, this recipe would be more appetizing and pretty if you made it with white quinoa instead of red, like I did. But I didn’t have any and it tastes basically the same, so ignore the appearance. It tastes really good, I promise!
Greek Quinoa Bake
Recipe adapted from Cooking with Cakes
- 2 1/2 cups quinoa, cooked
- 1 cup marinated artichoke hearts (in oil)
- 1 cup spinach, chopped
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 cups spinach, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 cup feta cheese
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
- 1/2 cup skim milk
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, stir together the quinoa, artichoke hearts, spinach, and parsley. Transfer to a medium baking dish.
- With an immersion blender or food processor, blend together the feta, cheddar, milk, garlic, and lemon juice to form a thick sauce.
- Pour the cheese sauce over the quinoa mixture, spreading evenly. Bake for 15 minutes, until the top is melted.