10 Quick & Delicious Quinoa Recipes For Toddlers

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Quinoa is one of the most popular healthy foods that babies and children can eat. You may try various quinoa recipes for toddlers to prepare and serve several delicious quinoa preparations. Quinoa can be a source of several essential nutrients and micronutrients for toddlers.

Read this post to know more about quinoa and various quick quinoa recipes to prepare quinoa dishes for your toddler.

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What Is Quinoa?

Quinoa is a low allergenic edible seed that is gluten-free and contains all nine crucial amino acids necessary for your toddler’s healthy growth and development. This seed-like fruit is rich in proteins, minerals, and vitamins like Vitamin E and folate. Cooked quinoa seeds are fluffy yet crunchy, and you can cook them to make many nutty delights for your toddler (1)

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A cup of cooked quinoa (185g) contains 222kcal of energy, about 8g of protein, and 5g of dietary fiber, and is loaded with many vital nutrients, including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium (6).

Quinoa is also a favorite among vegans and vegetarians, and makes a great ingredient for many recipes. Here is our collection of the top 10 quinoa recipes for toddlers:

1. Quinoa Curry

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You Will Need:

  • 1 onion
  • One garlic clove
  • ½ cup of quinoa, cooked
  • Olive oil
  • One tsp of fresh ginger, crushed
  • ½ tsp of curry powder
  • ¾ cup cannellini beans
  • ¾ cup of tomatoes, chopped

How To:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan. Add the onion in the oil. Sauté the onion for about two minutes.
  1. Add ginger and garlic and sauté for two more minutes
  1. Add the cannellini beans and curry powder and stir well.
  1. Add the cooked quinoa and tomatoes. Then lower the heat and bring it to a simmer for ten minutes.
  1. Mash well and serve.

2. Savoury And Sweet Vegetable Quinoa

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You Will Need:

  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 2 tbsp of zucchini, diced
  • One sweet potato
  • One green onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of dried and chopped apricots
  • 1 tbsp raisins

How To:

  1. Soak the apricots and raisins in a bowl of warm water. Allow them to turn soft.
  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan.
  1. Add the sweet potato, onion, and zucchini and sauté until the onion turns golden
  1. Add the quinoa, apricots, and raisins and stir well before serving.

3. Quinoa And Chicken Patties

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You Will Need:

  • ½ sweet potato
  • One garlic clove
  • 1 cup of ground chicken
  • 1 apple
  • One egg yolk
  • 1 onion
  • ¼ cup of quinoa, cooked
  • A pinch of dried thyme

How To:

  1. Peel the sweet potato, onion, garlic, and apple and put all of them together in one bowl.
  1. Add an egg yolk, the quinoa, ground chicken, and thyme to the mixture in a bowl and mix it well.
  1. Shape balls out of the mixture and press into ½ inch thick patties.
  1. Cook the patties on the grill for about ten minutes on each side.

Alternative to these patties, Hannah, a mother of three, shares her weaning baby’s favorite quinoa cakes/ fritters recipe. She suggests adding baby purees to cooked quinoa and eggs to make golden brown baked patties. She says, “Back in 2014, when my oldest was only nine months old, he insisted on feeding himself… These little quinoa cakes were the perfect way to incorporate my leftover purees. “Robert wasn’t too sure about these in 2014, but he finally got the hang of eating them. My other two boys loved eating them too (i)!”

4. Quinoa Bread

Quinoa Bread

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You Will Need:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flour
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsps sugar
  • 21/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsps psyllium husk powder
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sunflower oil
  • 11/2 cup warm water
  • 2 beaten eggs

How To:

  1. Grease a metal loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, quinoa flour, salt, sugar, husk powder, yeast, and baking powder. Whisk well and keep aside.
  2. Add the oil, apple cider vinegar, warm water, and beaten eggs to the above mixture. Mix everything well for two minutes. You will get a batter that is similar to a cake batter.
  3. Take the batter in the prepared loaf pan. Cover it with a kitchen towel and keep it in a warm place for 40-45 minutes until the size of the dome has doubled.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 F for around 10 minutes. Bake the bread for 55-60 minutes.
  5. Once the time is up and the bread has become brown in color, let it cool for 10 minutes and then slice it.

5. Apple, Beet, And Quinoa Blend

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You Will Need:

  • 1 peeled and diced apple
  • 1 peeled and diced beetroot
  • ½ cup of cooked quinoa

How To:

  1. Steam the apple pieces and beet cubes until they turn tender.
  1. Puree the beet and apple cubes in a food processor.
  1. Add the cooked quinoa to the puree and serve.

6. Quinoa Meatballs

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You Will Need:

  • ½ cup of quinoa, cooked
  • ½ cup of carrot, grated
  • ½ lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp applesauce
  • One egg yolk, beaten
  • A pinch of dried thyme

How To:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 deg C (392 deg F).
  1. Mix the quinoa, carrot, beef, applesauce, egg yolk, and thyme together. Shape the mixture into meatballs about one inch thick with your hands.
  1. Bake the meatballs for about 15 minutes.
  1. Serve warm.

7. Quinoa Cookies

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You Will Need:

  • ½ cup of quinoa flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup of plain flour
  • 1/3 cup of oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of oats
  • ½ cup of chocolate chips

How To:

  1. Mix the quinoa flour, wheat flour, baking powder, oats, chocolate chips, and brown sugar in a one bowl.
  1. Mix the egg, oil, and vanilla extract in another bowl.
  1. Now, mix the two mixtures in a bowl.
  1. Roll the mixture into small balls using your hands. Place these balls onto a cookie sheet and press them into a flat cookie shape.
  1. Bake the cookies for about eight minutes.
  1. Serve them once cooled.

8. Mexican Quinoa Salad

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You Will Need:

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 1 cup of cooked sweetcorn kernels
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of black beans, cooked
  • ½ tsp of sea salt
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • Some cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Juice of one fresh lemon
  • 2 tsp of olive oil
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • Pepper and salt to taste

How To:

  1. Place the cup of quinoa, the two cups of vegetable broth, and some water in a saucepan.
  1. Add sea salt to the mixture and bring it to a full boil. Lower the heat to simmer. Cover the saucepan and cook for about 15 minutes. As the clear grains rise, stir them with a fork and set aside to cool.
  1. Drain the water and place the cooked quinoa in a bowl. Add beans, pepper, cilantro, and olive oil. Then add the sweetcorn, onion slices, lemon juice, cumin, and salt. Mix all of the ingredients well and serve.

9. Quinoa And Banana Breakfast

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You Will Need:

  • ½ ripe banana
  • ½ cup of quinoa, cooked
  • ½ cup of low-fat milk or whole milk
  • 1 tbsp dried and chopped apricots

How To:

  1. Cut the banana into small pieces using a knife.
  1. Combine the banana pieces and milk in a saucepan.
  1. Pour the quinoa and apricots to the pan and stir gently for about five to ten minutes, until it starts to thicken.
  1. Serve while still warm.

protip_icon Did you know?
A toddler can have about four tablespoons of cooked grain or cereal, such as quinoa in one serving (7).

10. Quinoa, Walnut, And Spinach Stir-Fry

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You Will Need:

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • 5 ounces of baby spinach
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes or grapes
  • 2 cups of water
  • ½ cup of fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ cup of walnuts, chopped and toasted
  • Basil leaves

How To:

  1. Place the quinoa in a bowl. Add water and mash it well. Place the mixture in a mesh strainer and drain the mixture well.
  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the quinoa and cook until it turns golden. This will take around ten minutes.
  1. Add the garlic. Cook and stir the mixture for about 1 minute.
  1. Add the salt and two cups of water and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and leave to simmer for about fifteen minutes.
  1. Add the tomatoes and spinach. Cook over a medium heat for about one minute, until the tomatoes are warm and the spinach wilts.
  1. Add the Parmesan cheese and toasted walnuts. Stir everything well.
  1. Garnish with basil leaves and serve.

11. Delicious Pecan-Quinoa Bowl

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You Will Need:

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 cup of low-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup of raisin or cranberries
  • 1 tbsp of honey or sugar
  • 1/3 cup of pecans, chopped and toasted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg, grated

For Toppings:

  • Pecans, chopped
  • Honey
  • Warm milk

How To:

  1. Place the milk in a saucepan and bring it to a boil.
  1. Add the quinoa, butter, and cranberries. Cover the saucepan, lower the heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes until the quinoa is tender.
  1. Add the honey, cinnamon, pecans, nutmeg, and salt.
  1. Divide the mixture into four bowls.
  1. Garnish each bowl with chopped pecans, honey, and milk.
  1. Serve immediately. (2)
protip_icon Quick tip
Use different red, white, and black quinoa to make dishes, such as in pizza bites, muffins, and breads to add variety to your toddler’s diet.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I give my 1-year-old quinoa?

You may serve quinoa to babies after eight months of age in the form of porridge or puree. It can also be incorporated in the form of stews or soups. You may wash, pre-soak, cook and serve quinoa to your little ones in a mashed form (you may find more quinoa recipe ideas here).

2. Does quinoa make babies constipated?

There is no scientific data to support this view. On the contrary, experts suggest that including fiber-rich foods such as quinoa can help relieve constipation in babies (3) (4).

3. How do you soak quinoa before cooking?

Depending on the recipe you wish to prepare, you may soak quinoa for a few minutes before cooking. If you forgot to soak or are running out of time, ensure that you wash quinoa thoroughly before cooking (5).

Quinoa seeds are protein-rich, gluten-free, and contain essential amino acids that make them an ideal food to support a toddler’s growth. You can prepare quinoa in various ways appropriate to serve any time of the day. They are not only versatile but can also be used to create delicious desserts and side dishes that are perfect for toddlers. For breakfast, you can add it to banana and milk, make salads with other vegetables, or serve it for lunch or dinner as a component of meatballs, quinoa curry, or sweet and salty vegetable quinoa. Quinoa cookies are sure to be your child’s favorite. The quinoa recipes for toddlers will undoubtedly satisfy their taste buds without compromising nutrition.

Infographic: Quick And Easy Quinoa Snacks For Toddlers

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Key Pointers

  • Quinoa is a high-protein food item that is gluten-free.
  • Toddlers can be fed quinoa in multiple ways, such as curries, meatballs, cookies, and combinations with vegetables for added flavor and texture.
  • Quinoa recipes can be customized by adding more ingredients and spices, and they can be served as both snacks and meals.

Discover delectable and nourishing quinoa recipes designed for infants, children, and toddlers. Explore simple yet delightful dishes prepared with quinoa, guaranteed to capture the taste buds and affection of your little darlings.

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References

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  2. Fall Quinoa Salad.
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  3. Coping with Constipation.
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  4. Fibre.
    https://www.rch.org.au/uploadedFiles/Main/Content/nutrition/2013Fibre.pdf
  5. Quinoa: a Nutritional Powerhouse That Can Expand Your Love of Food.
    https://www.ahealthiermichigan.org/2011/06/06/quinoa-a-nutritional-powerhouse-that-can-expand-your-love-of-food/
  6. Quinoa, cooked.
    https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168917/nutrients
  7. Serving Sizes for Toddlers.
    https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/toddler/nutrition/Pages/Serving-Sizes-for-Toddlers.aspx
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