This baked mixture of quinoa, spinach, cottage cheese, and eggs is substantial enough to serve on its own. In place of fresh spinach, you can also use 3/4 cup frozen, chopped spinach that has been thawed.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2001


Richard Gerhard Jung

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8-by-8-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with olive-oil spray. Coat with breadcrumbs; set aside.

  • Fill a large bowl with ice and water; set aside. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add spinach; blanch until bright green, about 10 seconds. Transfer to ice bath. When spinach is cold, remove from ice bath, squeeze out all water, and finely chop; set aside.

  • Heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan. Add onion, garlic, thyme, rosemary, and red-pepper flakes, and saute until translucent, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat; transfer to a medium bowl.

  • Add spinach, quinoa, cottage cheese, pepper, and eggs to the onion mixture, and stir until well combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish, and place in the oven. Bake until set and edges are brown, 60 to 70 minutes. Slice, and serve warm or at room temperature.


Reviews (5)

190 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 50
  • 3 star values: 77
  • 2 star values: 27
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: Unrated
Excellent recipe with one alteration. I added goat cheese instead of farmers cheese, which made for much more flavorful dish.
Rating: Unrated
The idea of this recipe is good, but I want to share how I tweaked it to give others a chance to try it: I followed the suggestions here and added 4 eggs instead of two. I didn't care for the cottage cheese idea, so I added extra sharp cheddar in its place. I cooked the quinoa in vegetable broth and instead of the fresh herbs (I didn't have any) I used 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning. Halfway through the cooking I topped it with a mixture of panko and parmesan. It was hit! Tasted like quiche!
Rating: Unrated
Quinoa Spinach Bake Frozen or Fresh Spinach
Rating: 3 stars
Pretty simple! I agree with most of the reviews on here, so I spiced mine up a little. Sriracha, salt, pepper, cloves of garlic were added to the quinoa so that it had more flavor and I took the idea of another reviewer and added some parmesan cheese to the mix. I did see that the mixture was going to be a little more dry than I would prefer so I added 4 eggs instead of two. I added panko and parmesan to the top for some texture and baked it half covered with foil and half off. Delicious!
Rating: Unrated
I just made this recipe this week. It was a bit dry. I feel as if bacon would bring it around