Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
No specific GERD triggers.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"Cheese is milk's leap toward immortality."
-Clifton Fadiman, Editor

The refrigerator light goes on...

This is a super simple recipe, but don't let that deceive you. Most of the time the most simple dishes are the most sublime and this is one of them. The quinoa has a nice nutty flavor and if you like cheese grits, this is sort of like that but with so much more depth of flavor. You can serve this with any recipe that you would grits. A poached egg on top is especially delicious, but as a side dish for an omelet or scrambled eggs it's perfect. Instead of Barbecue Shrimp and Grits use this Cheese Quinoa recipe. Yum!

Of course you could take this in so many directions. A bit of roasted garlic, some caramelized onions or a few sprigs of fresh rosemary is a bit like gilding the lily but go on and do it anyway.

Goat Cheese

The French call goat cheese "chevre" since the French word for goat is (you guessed it) "chevre". The goat cheese in most of these recipes is a soft or semi-soft goat cheese. The cheese is often in the shape of a log and most of them have about 6 grams of fat per ounce of cheese.

1 ounce goat cheese = 80 calories, 6g fat, 4.5g sat fat, 0g mono fat, 5g protein, 0g carbohydrates, 130mg sodium, 20mg cholesterol


Cheesy Quinoa - Low Sodium Version

Servings = 2 | Serving size =about 1 cup

Cooking Time = 20 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

This recipe does not make very good leftovers.

2 cups water
1/2 cup quinoa
1/2 ounce goat cheese
1/2 ounce Parmigiano-Reggiano (grated)

Place the water in a small sauce pan over high heat.

When the water boils, add the quinoa. Reduce the heat to a high simmer. Cover the pan partially. Cook until the water is almost evaporated. Stir occasionally.

When the quinoa is just tender, add the goat cheese and the parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 1 cup

Servings = 2


Amount Per Serving

Calories 203 Calories from Fat 52
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 6g 9%
    Saturated Fat 2g 12%
    Monounsaturated Fat 2g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
    Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
    Sugars 0g
Protein 10g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 11% Iron 12%
Vitamin K 0 mcg Potassium 248 mg
Magnesium 88 mg