Did you know that when you mix a bit of fresh spinach with quinoa you can make a pretty darn amazing baked pie?

No, it’s not gross.

It’s actually quite tasty.

I’m serious.

It’s actually Really tasty.

No need to run off to Dean ‘n Deluca or Whole Foods Market for their pre-made options when you can whip up this baby in no time.

I’m actually not quite to sure as to why, after thirty years I’m just coming around to exploring the other side of grains.

And I’m not just talkin’ about your average bowl of quinoa here, folks.

I’m talking about creating a masterpiece.

I mean, honestly – one look at this guy below and would you really think I whipped him up with quinoa?

I didn’t think so.

You’ve probably had a similar dish before made from flour or potatoes and served with applesauce and sour cream… o the memories of when I was a kid.

But, who wouldn’t love a bite of this quinoa goodness?

Well, my friends, your ordinary ‘bake’ just got a whole lot better.

This quinoa spinach bake couldn’t be easier to make.  All you need is some quinoa, fresh spinach, sesame seeds, eggs, yogurt, a cut little shallot and a few spices.

You can serve this with anything from mashed avocado and hummus or a side of Greek plain yogurt.

No breadcrumbs in this recipe, folks – I opted for white sesame seeds instead, which line the baking dish and give the quinoa an extra crunch with each bite.

Perfect for lunch or dinner and heck – I’m even ready to serve it to my clients for breakfast.

Why not, right?

Quinoa Spinach Bake
Serves: 8
Gluten-Free and Vegetarian
Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree


  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • 1 lb. fresh baby spinach
  • 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 Tbsp. dried thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa about 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup Greek plain yogurt
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • ¾ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground white pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Coat an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray, then coat with sesame seeds.
  3. Fill a large bowl with ice and water; set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add spinach; blanch until bright green, approximately 8-10 seconds. Transfer hot spinach to the ice bath to cool for 30 seconds, remove and drain water. Set aside spinach on a paper towel.
  4. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet. Add shallot, garlic, thyme and chili powder; sauté until translucent, approximately 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat; transfer to a medium-sized bowl.
  5. Add spinach, cooked quinoa, yogurt, eggs, sea salt and pepper to the onion mixture; mix well to combine. Transfer quinoa mixture into the prepared baking dish and place in the oven. Bake until set and golden brown, approximately 60 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven. Slice, and serve warm or at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
Quinoa Spinach Bake
Amount Per Serving (8 g)
Calories 133 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 42mg14%
Sodium 211mg9%
Potassium 177mg5%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 175IU4%
Vitamin C 1.4mg2%
Calcium 124mg12%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. Just found your blog and I’m sitting here at 2:20am reading and enjoying and printing so that I can try out. Can I substitute the eggs with ground flaxseed? And also add the sour cream?

  2. 4 stars
    I just made it for the first time and it will be out of the oven soon. I’m sure it will be delicious. To cut out a step, instead of blanching the spinach, I sauteed it with the garlic.

  3. 5 stars
    Made this today as our Resurrection Day meal! Amazingly flavorful and delicious! It takes a little time to assemble but so worth it!

  4. 5 stars
    @Tina, I substituted egg with vegan cream cheese & sour cream & it turned out delicious! We also added vegan shredded cheddar cheese 🙂 My husband is not a vegan and had 2nd helpings!

      1. 5 stars
        Hi Amie, the GO Veggie Shreaded cheese is what I always cook with when the recipe calls for it. I love this recipe so much I’m making it again! Thanks for a wonderful recipe Amie:)

  5. Hi Amie!
    I just found your blog and I might be up all night reading all your amazing recipes!
    I want to try this recipe. Is there a way to make it vegan?

    1. Thanks Tina; you can try to use dairy free milk such as So Delicious Coconut Milk (their Greek yogurt may work) along with an egg substitute such as chia seeds and water. Let me know if that works. If not, you can add in silken tofu along with the chia seeds/water!

  6. Tried it for Christmas dinner and it was very good. I added a little butter and put some shredded cheese in it. That was great. The tomatoes and peppers sound wonderful also.

  7. I’m planning on making this for a work Christmas brunch. Would it be okay to prepare this the night before and throw it in the oven the next morning?

      1. Thanks, Amie! Will reheating in a microwave work, too? I think that will be my best and only option in the morning. I appreciate your help, as I’m continuing to become versed in the kitchen.

      2. That may work; I’d try cutting it into small pieces to microwave it but only for a few seconds! Hope it works; let me know how it tastes!

  8. I’m curious if this would work with some type of egg substitute. Would love to try it, but my daughter has an egg allergy. Thoughts??

    1. Thank you Amy; so nice to hear from you! I would say you may be able to use the chia seed/water solution for the egg substitute but I would try to add some ricotta cheese or something to add a little umph to it, ya know what I mean? Would that work for you? Have a great night Amy!

  9. I am going to try this tomorrow have a ton of kale thinking of swapping spinach for kale in this case- just using what i have!
    what do you think? Would you blanch the kale, treat it like the spinach?

    1. I would steam the kale so it’s nice and soft and then put it in- kale tends to be a bit tougher than spinach so I would cook it a bit more. Enjoy Gabby!

  10. I just got a bag of spinach from my CSA and always keep quinoa in the kitchen, so will definitely give this a shot when I’m back from Boulder and back in my kitchen! So nice to meet you this past weekend. Look forward to seeing you again soon.

  11. I’d love to add some fresh roma tomatoes and/or peppers to this. What are your thoughts? Do I need to saute the peppers first?

    1. Ooo yes ma’am. Sounds fabulous Ash! I would try to saute the peppers for a few minutes before tossing them into the oven! Hope you enjoy it and hope your summer is going well! Sorry for the delay in comment as I’ve been traveling from Seattle to Portland all day.