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Vegan Quinoa Recipe

This creamy vegan quinoa recipe is a simple and healthy one bowl dinner recipe the whole family can enjoy.

Recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie (chocolatecoveredkatie.com)

Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 2 - 4 servings


  • 1 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup raw quinoa
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast or parmesan, such as vegan Parma
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp each garlic and onion powders
  • 2 tsp buttery spread, optional for added richness
  • 1 cup chopped raw kale or spinach (can be omitted)
  • 1/2 cup cream, such as cashew cream, coconut milk, or unsweetened creamer (I like Nutpods creamer)
  • salt and pepper, as desired
  • protein of choice, optional


  • *If you want to sub a lower-fat milk, such as almondmilk, for the creamy liquid, it's fine and would just recommend including the optional buttery spread in that case, for added richness.
    Bring the first 5 ingredients and optional buttery spread to a boil. Once boiling, turn to a simmer and cover 20 minutes or until fluffy. Stir in the kale and cream until kale wilts. Season with salt and pepper as desired. I add another 1/2 tsp salt, but some people prefer less or even none. If adding a protein—such as tofu or beans—you can opt to cook the protein first or stir it in with the quinoa, depending on what type of protein you’re using and if it needs to be cooked longer.
    Although I haven't tried it, a few readers say you can make this in the Instant Pot. One reader, Rebecca, did it this way: "I combined the first five ingredients and cooked on the “RICE” setting (12 minutes low pressure). I quick-released the pressure and added the remaining ingredients. It turned out perfectly!"
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For a keto alternative, try this Cheesy Cauliflower Rice!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 133kcal