cheesy quinoa waffles: a truly unique recipe

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Cheesy Quinoa Waffles

Have you heard of cheesy quinoa waffles?


I’m pretty sure they’re not actually a thing.

I only made them accidentally, while trying to make quinoa burgers.

I don’t know what happened! All of a sudden I was pulling out the waffle iron and throwing them in.

Blame it on laziness. The waffle iron is so much easier than flipping burgers! 

I made these for supper and served them alongside some veggies to balance out the meal. But these would work equally well for breakfast. They are waffles after all! 

When I suggested that my husband put his waffle on a bun, I got the “are you crazy?” look. It’s funny how the shape of a food pre-determines how it’s eaten. If I had formed them into patties and served them without buns, I would have been given the same look. 


Cheesy Quinoa Waffles (4 of 4)

Why It’s A Smart Choice

These waffles are full of flavour, but not salt. Each serving has 445mg sodium and 465mg potassium. The ratio between sodium and potassium in a person’s diet is more important than total sodium content. When the ratio is balanced, risk of heart disease and high blood pressure don’t increase. Potassium is predominantly found in plants. This is one reason why a mainly plant-based diet is good for heart health!

Cheesy Quinoa Waffles (3 of 4)

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Cheesy Quinoa Waffles

  • Author: Jessica Penner


A super flavourful waffle that’s perfect for breakfast, dinner, or any time in between!


  • ½ cup quinoa
  • ¼ cup red lentils
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • ⅔ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup cottage cheese (or ricotta)
  • ⅓ cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 3 tbsp flour (I used arrowroot but a GF blend or whole wheat flour works too)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp oregano


  1. In a medium sized pot measure in the quinoa, red lentils and 1 1/2 cups of water. Heat on high until boiled then reduce to a simmer. Quinoa is cooked once it has opened up and spiralled out.
  2. Preheat your waffle iron.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Once the quinoa and lentils are cooked, add them in too.
  4. Drop by spoonfuls onto the waffle iron. Waffles are cooked when they turn a toasty brown.


  • To reheat, pop in the toaster or in the oven to crisp them up.


  • Serving Size: 4
 Nutrition Info: 342 calories, 15g fat, 30.5g carbs, 4.5g fibre, 3.5g sugar, 22g protein

Cheesy Quinoa Waffles


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