Recipe for Quinoa – Spicy Quinoa Cake (Pastel de Quinoa)

This pastel de quinoa is very tasty and can be used as a side or served as a vegetarian meal. It is also great for tea time or breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee. If you want to leave out the chipotle you may. Here is what you are going to need for this:

Serves 12

3 cups raw quinoa – cooked
1 TBS chipotle powder (opt)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup melted vegetable shortening – hot
3 TBS sugar
3 eggs – lightly beaten
3 cups shredded fresh cheese

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the cooked quinoa in a large bowl. Add all the other ingredients and mix well. Place it in a buttered 9×13 oven proof dish.

Bake the quinoa for about 40 minutes – or until a knife comes out clean when you pierce it. Allow it to cool down for a few minutes and serve.

You can eat this warm or at room temperature. Enjoy!

CALORIES 501.30; FAT 33.49 grs (sat 12.13; mono 7.45; poly 8.89); PROTEIN 18.89 grs ; FIBER 3.55 grs; CARBS 30.44 grs; CHOLESTEROL 86.18 mg; IRON 2.31 mg; SODIUM 425.57 mg; CALCIUM 427.14 mg

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  • April 15, 2012


    Hi, What is fresh cheese? Is it cheddar or mozzarella? Also your recipe calls for melted vegetable shortening. Is this vegetable oil or are you referring to Crisco? I really want to try this recipe as we just got quinoa recently and I’m wondering how to use it in everyday cooking. One last question Mary Anne, When I cook 1 cup of rice, it turns into 2 1/2 cups cooked rice. My questions is, how much cooked quinoa will 3 cups of raw quinoa make? I really appreciate all your help.


  • April 18, 2012


    Hi Louise!
    Fresh cheese is more like Farmer’, Cotija or Panela cheese. You could even use a low-sodium Feta. Yes. Vegetable shortening would be Crisco. 3 cups of raw quinoa will give you about 8 cups of cooked.

    I hope this comes out perfect for you! Thanks!
    Mary Ann

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