35+ Easy Quinoa Recipes for Kids

  Aug 13, 2020  |  #Recipe Roundup

Are you looking for some easy quinoa recipes for kids? These kid-friendly quinoa recipes are perfect even for the pickiest of eaters!

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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. 

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.

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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!

If you want other finger foods for toddlers, check out some of these ideas. 

Quinoa For Kids

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.

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!

Try pairing a new food, like quinoa, with foods you know your kids already like (here are plenty of toddler snack ideas if you need them). Here are some more toddler ideas for how we feed Camryn

For example, if your child loves blueberries, instead of just giving blueberries plain, try mixing them in with a new granola recipe, greek yogurt, or even with some vegetables. 

Lots of the recipes listed are great because they can be made bite-size and can be held with little hands making it so easy for them to eat!

I can’t wait to hear what dishes your kids liked! Don’t forget to share in the comments!

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