Are you looking for some easy quinoa recipes for kids? These kid-friendly quinoa recipes are perfect even for the pickiest of eaters!
Trying to feed kids any kind of healthy food can be difficult at times. Different textures and colors truly take things to a whole new level. And toddlers, especially, are known for loving foods one day and despising them the next.
But, if we are making a healthy quinoa dish for ourselves, we want our kids to eat it too because making two (or three) more dinners just isn’t fun! We want something that the whole family will enjoy.
So what are some healthy quinoa recipes that can be made that are adult and kid-friendly?
Quinoa for kids doesn’t have to be elaborate. In fact, the simpler the better, right?
Today I’m sharing over 35 quinoa recipes for kids (yes, even quinoa recipes for picky eaters). I’m excited for you to explore the best quinoa recipes for kids.
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How to Cook Quinoa
Pay attention to whether or not your recipe calls for pre-cooked quinoa or simply dry quinoa. You don’t want to cook it beforehand if it isn’t required in a recipe. If you do this, it can cause your quinoa to get mushy.
But if it does call for cooked quinoa, this is my favorite way to do it.
Before you cook your quinoa, you want to make sure you rinse it. Most of the time quinoa does come pre-rinsed, but it really doesn’t hurt to give it another quick wash.
Heat some oil up in a pan on medium heat and toast your quinoa for a little over 2 minutes. Make sure it gets a little toasty and that all the water from rinsing it is gone.
Stir in 1 3/4 cups water to 1 cup of quinoa and bring the water to a boil. Cover, turn your stove to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Remove the quinoa from heat and let it stand for 5 minutes. Don’t take the lid off your pot! Fluff with a fork once it’s done. This is how I do it for my lemon herb cheesy quinoa.
What Can I Do To Add Flavor to Quinoa?
Quinoa can definitely taste bland at times, which can play into why it’s tricky to find flavorful quinoa recipes for toddlers, or even quinoa for a 1 year old!
But, the great thing about quinoa is that takes on the flavors it is combined with. So if you’re making something savory, it will mimic that flavor, but if you are making something sweet, it will complement that dish just as well! That’s why my go-to is often a quinoa salad for kids, filled with fruits and veggies they know and like.
The key to good quinoa is the spices you add to it!
Always try to season your quinoa with salt and pepper. Another great way to get some good flavor is to add a bay leaf while cooking. You can also cook in stock instead of water.
Is Quinoa Good for Toddlers?
Quinoa isn’t just good for toddlers, it’s great for all ages. It’s packed with protein and is a great source of fiber and quinoa for toddlers can be a great way to introduce them to a new grain or texture.
Quinoa is also high in vitamins A, C, and E as well as minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium.
These toddler-friendly quinoa recipes are palatable and practical as quinoa recipes for kids. Most of these recipes are handheld quinoa recipes, making it MUCH easier for kids who haven’t mastered the hand-eye coordination to eat and enjoy with a fork. Let’s be honest, we all know quinoa can be messy!
After you see these easy quinoa recipes for kids, you’ll feel inspired to add them to your rotations for snacks, lunch, and dinner in the future. We even have some quinoa breakfast recipes for kids in here!
Quinoa Recipes for Kids
Healthy quinoa recipes for kids of all ages! Even quinoa recipes for toddlers that will be gobbled up without any complaints.
These quinoa pizza bites are the perfect size for little toddler hands and also perfect for a snack for older kids. The filling is made with greens, tomatoes, breadcrumbs, and cheese which makes them taste like a pizza popper!
These cheesy quinoa bites are the ultimate kid friendly food! Easy to eat with fingers and full of delicious cheesy quinoa and veggies. Your kids will eat them up for an easy snack, side dish or even savory breakfast.
If you have been looking for a healthy portable snack, these baked quinoa and mushroom beef meatballs are really easy to make and packed with wholesome, nutritious ingredients. It's perfect for ages 6 months and older!
These scrumptious mini muffins wholesome and delicious, perfect for kids and adults are alike. Little ones will never guess there's quinoa in these and that they're loaded with nutrients! Thanks to quinoa, sweet potato, and oats you can feel great about serving these to your kiddos!
This chocolate granola with cherries and quinoa is perfect for topping on yogurt or just as a cereal and milk kind of breakfast or snack idea. Your kids will love how sweet and tasty this granola is on anything, trust me!
If you're a fan of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies, then this granola is definitely for you! It only takes 45 minutes to make. Your kids will beg to put have this as a topping on their yogurt or with their morning cereal!
Are you looking for healthier breakfast options that you kids will actually eat without a fuss? Try this protein-packed breakfast quinoa with blueberries. Quinoa is topped off with almonds, fruit, honey, and a dash of cinnamon to wake up the taste buds and is a dish that even picky eaters will enjoy. And bonus: it takes only 5 minutes to make!
If you're looking to enjoy quinoa for breakfast, this Pomegranate Quinoa Porridge is the perfect vegan option with absolutely no sugar added! Quinoa provides a great source of fiber and the pomegranate is great for added antioxidants.
This is a healthy, quick, delicious breakfast recipe for one, but can be easily doubled for a few more (or feed a few toddlers, easily)! These Cocoa Banana Cinnamon Quinoa Flakes are gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, and super protein-packed.
These puffed quinoa breakfast jars are made with easy ingredients and are quick to throw together. All this recipe has for ingredients is quinoa pops, greek yogurt, and berries. If you're looking for a healthy breakfast that isn't cereal, these quinoa breakfast jars are high in protein and perfect for adults and kids!
This Mexican Quinoa Casserole Recipe is a one-pan dinner that is easy to make and perfect for busy weeknights! Ingredients include ground turkey, bell peppers, and pantry staples like canned black beans, corn, and tomatoes that make it easy to throw together in a pinch.
Kids will love this quinoa pizza casserole! It's the perfect healthy side dish or main dish. With all the flavors you love, plus topped with cheese (and your other favorite pizza toppings) everyone will love this! Gluten-free with a vegan option.
You have to try this plant-based Mediterranean-style burger is so easy to make with common ingredients you have stocked in your kitchen cabinet already, and what kid can resist any kind of burger or sandwich? Yum!
Thes Goat Cheese Stuffed Quinoa Nuggets are simple to make and very filling! They are perfect for dinner, and even great the next day. I recommend packing these in a lunch with some delicious dipping sauce.
This delicious Quinoa Fruit Salad is made with strawberries, mangos and grapes mixed with quinoa, mint, and a simple citrus dressing. Kids of all ages will love all the vibrant colors and fruit selection!
This delectable orange, almond, and quinoa cake is gluten-free and dairy-free! Made with simple ingredients like cooked quinoa, almonds, and honey, Pura Liquid Coconut Oil, eggs, and orange. Who doesn't love a healthy dessert for kids?
These easy and delicious Oatmeal Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies are toddler friendly and mom-approved cookies! These yummy cookies are packed full of nutrition yet they satisfy that huge craving for a big soft chocolate chip cookie!
These no-bake peanut butter quinoa bars are so simple to make and perfect for little hands. You only need a few ingredients for this delicious snacky dessert!
What Can You Do if Your Kids Are Picky?
While many of these quinoa recipes for picky eaters should be pleasing for kids, toddlers and kids have their own preferences! Sometimes when we make certain foods and our kids don’t like it the first time, we want to just give up. But don’t give up!