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Easy Vegetarian Recipe: Quinoa Chowder

Being a fan of Quinoa for the last year or so, my family has continued to expand our list of recipes that use this hearty, high protein, edible seed.

We recently enjoyed some big bowls of Quinoa Chowder to warm us up during some of these cool winter days.

Ingredients List

  • 2 cups uncooked Quinoa, rinsed well
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin, or to taste
  • salt and pepper
  • scallions or onion powder
  • 1/2 lb. boiling potatoes, in 1/4″ cubes and peeled
  • 3 cups finely sliced spinach leaves
  • 1/2 lb. (8 oz) feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • hard boiled egg, chopped

serves: 6-8. You could probably cut the recipe in half if you didn’t want/need as much.



  • Put Quinoa and two quarts (eight cups) water in a pot, bring to boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • While it’s cooking, dice the vegetables and cheese.
  • When Quinoa is done cooking, drain while saving the liquid.
  • Heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the garlic. Cook for about 30 seconds, giving it a quick stir.
  • Add the cumin, 1 tsp salt, and the potatoes and cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently. Don’t let the garlic brown.
  • Measure the saved Quinoa water and add more water to make six cups, if needed.
  • Add the saved Quinoa water to potatoes and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Add Quinoa and spinach and simmer for three minutes more.
  • Turn off heat and stir in feta and cilantro.
  • Season the soup with pepper and garnish with chopped egg.

The Big Ol’ Pot


Time to Eat

Ready to be enjoyed! I also usually add one tablespoon-ish of olive oil in the individual bowl for a bit more healthy fats. A hearty piece of bread can be a nice addition.


The overall taste is fairly mild but the feta cheese adds a real nice pop to the chowder. Feta is a real flavorful cheese.

You could also add a bit of kick by adding some of your preferred make-you-sweat seasonings or items (jalapeños).

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David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

6 Responses to “Easy Vegetarian Recipe: Quinoa Chowder”

  1. on 26 Jan 2010 at 9:22 am Rick Sanford

    Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to give it a try. Will probably add some roasted hatch chile to spice it up a bit.

  2. on 26 Jan 2010 at 1:50 pm David Hanenburg

    Hey Rick – No worries. Enjoy the added kick!

  3. on 26 Jan 2010 at 3:08 pm cincinnati personal injury attorney

    This looks awesome. Just turned veggie and looking up some recipes. I’m excited to add this one in my list. And what makes it better is that I’m a fan of Feta cheese!

  4. on 28 Jan 2010 at 12:00 pm David Hanenburg

    Feta is a tasty cheese. Enjoy.

  5. on 02 Feb 2010 at 8:58 am Mark

    Ok, I’m bookmarking this!!! Been looking for some quinoa recipes and this looks awesome

  6. on 02 Feb 2010 at 9:17 am David Hanenburg

    Hey Mark – Hope you enjoy it!