Rich Creamy Quinoa

An easy Quinoa Meal or Side Dish that is Vegetarian or Vegan Friendly!
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This is a great twist on Quinoa compared to the popular salad types of recipes. It’s super rich because of the coconut milk and amazingly delicious. This recipe can be eaten as a one-dish vegetarian or vegan meal or simply serve it as a side dish. Enjoy and Happy Cooking!

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Rich Creamy Quinoa

Quick, easy and delicious Quinoa Recipe

Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Easy, Healthy
Keyword Black Eye Peas Cuisine, Coconut Milk, Healthy Cuisines, Quinoa
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 401 kcal
Author Yasmin Jackson


  • 1 small shallot finely diced
  • 1 small bunch cilantro roughly chopped (or 1/4 tsp dried cilantro)
  • 2 cups baby organic spinach roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt (adjust to your dietary requirement)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 can coconut milk (13 to 15 ounces)
  • 1 can black eye peas rinsed thoroughly (13 to 15 ounces)


  1. Heat olive oil. Medium Heat.

  2. Add shallots. Sauté 2 to 3 Minutes.

  3. Add cliantro and garlic. Saute up to 1 minute.

  4. Combine salt and pepper. Set aside.

  5. Add spinach. Cook until wilted. Add a pinch of salt and pepper mix.

  6. Add Quinoa. Stir. Cook up to 2 minutes.

  7. Add black eye peas. Stir.

  8. Add coconut milk and remaining salt and pepper mix.

  9. Bring to a boil. Cover. Reduce heat to low. Simmer 30 minutes until liquid is adsorbed.

  10. Quinoa will look creamy. Stir gently. Cover and let rest 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

  11. Serve as a vegetarian/vegan main dish or as a side dish. Enjoy.

Recipe Notes


Cilantro – if using dried use 1/4 teaspoon.

Black eye peas – can use any type of beans you prefer.

Quinoa- can use brown rice (add 1/2 cup vegetable broth or water). And cook according to timing on package for Brown rice.

Nutrition Facts
Rich Creamy Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 401 Calories from Fat 255
% Daily Value*
Fat 28.29g44%
Saturated Fat 19.11g119%
Sodium 608.96mg26%
Potassium 553.95mg16%
Carbohydrates 31.97g11%
Fiber 3.65g15%
Sugar 0.57g1%
Protein 8.61g17%
Vitamin A 1440.29IU29%
Vitamin C 5.67mg7%
Calcium 52.02mg5%
Iron 5.63mg31%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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