Creamy Sweet Spice Quinoa

Creamy Sweet Spice Quinoa

This creamy vegetable quinoa dish is a combination of my Sweet Spice Soup recipe and cooked quinoa. I simply combined the leftovers of each and topped with cracked pepper and parmesan cheese for a new dish.
Quinoa is remarkably nutrient-rich and easy to prepare.  It boasts of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, flavanoids, protein, fiber, and is a great source of manganese, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, folate, and zinc.
Quinoa can be enjoyed as a grain and even ground into flour, as in my Quinoa Crepes recipe.
Quinoa is very easy to cook--even quicker than rice--boil 1 part rinsed quinoa to 2 parts water, simmer 15-20 minutes until soft and translucent, thenfluff with a fork.
You can't beat the satisfaction of this comfort dish with the powerful nutrients, protein and fiber of the veggies and quinoa combined.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings



  • 2 cups rinsed quinoa
  • 4 cups water
  • pinch kosher salt

Sweet Spice Soup

  • olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 medium yellow onions
  • 1 small sweet potato with peel
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1/2-1 butternut squash
  • appx 2 cups milk add milk until veggies just blend in blender, maintain thick consistency
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cardamom to taste--start small and add
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp nutmeg to taste--start small and add
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cinnamon to taste--start small and add
  • salt to taste



  • To cook Quinoa: Rinse 2 cups quinoa. Bring to boil in pot on stove 2 cups quinoa and 4 cups water. Reduce to simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, until soft and translucent and most of the water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.

Sweet Spice Soup

  • To cook Sweet Spice Soup: Rinse and chop veggies into chunks approximately one inch or so. Put olive oil in wok or large pan over medium heat and sauté onions and garlic for a few minutes. Then add the other veggies and cook until soft. Throw all the veggies into a blender with just enough milk for a thick consistency, spices, and salt, and blend until smooth.Enjoy! *Preparing butternut squash is quite easy. Cut off ends, cut lengthwise, scoop seeds out, slice into eighths lengthwise and steam in steaming basket over 1 inch water in covered pan on stove unit soft, then peel. Or, cut into chunks, peel, and throw into wok or large pot with the other veggies. In this case, I steamed two butternut squash and stored the extra in the fridge for future use.

Put It All Together

  • Combine 1 1/2 cup cooked quinoa and 1 cup Sweet Spice Soup (also see Sweet Spice Soup recipe on our website for instructions) Top with freshly ground pepper and parmesan cheese

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