This dip started out as a dinner main dish. And yes, we did actually eat it for dinner the first and second time I made this.
You know how life gets. We get into a rush with the after school (or after work) routine, dinner, homework, the phone rings because everyone else is off work too.
Sometimes we eat at the table unless it’s a sunny spring or summer day then we eat outside at the table all the time. Our dining room is connected to our kitchen so the third time I made this dip, and yes I kept track, it was going to be our main dish again. It was spoonable, cheesy, and warm so my daughter grabbed spoons for everyone but I stayed busy in the kitchen. Some unexpected things happened that day and I lost track of time. I ended up eating my dinner with chips instead of a spoon and we decided this makes a really and truly awesome dip!
Even the fussy eaters love this dip.
Friends who aren’t experienced home cooks like to give this recipe a try because there isn’t much to it. The only question they seem to have is how do you know the quinoa is cooked? With this recipe, you’ll know when most of the liquid is gone and the quinoa is tender. Uncooked it’s raw like a seed, but when it’s cooked, it’ll be a little firm but not mushy with a nice snap.
I like to remove it from the heat before all the liquid is absorbed because that’s what gives it the scoopable dip consistency. You can definitely add more cheese if you want. My daughter does if she’s around and I’m not looking. ;)
Give this Ranch Chicken Quinoa Dip a try!