30 January 2014

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Morning loves!  Today's post is going to be a bit of a quickie, just like this recipe!  Everyone needs an arsenal of fast, easy, and healthy side dishes so get ready to toss this one into the weekly line-up.  With the refreshing flavors of cilantro and lime, this fluffy quinoa will compliment a bevvy of dishes and knock your typical pot-o-rice out of the water when taco night rolls around.  

Cilantro Lime Quinoa
[3 cups of fluffy quinoa fit for a fiesta!]
ingredients:
1 cup dried quinoa
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
juice of 1/2 a lime
zest of 1/2 a lime
1-2 TBSP olive, coconut or avocado oil
salt and pepper to taste

instructions:
Fluff up a pot of quinoa according to package directions or use [this tutorial] for perfectly cooked quinoa!  Add chopped cilantro, lime juice, lime zest and oil and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.  Toss to combine and taste.  Add any extra cilantro, lime, or seasoning that your heart desires and dig in!  So easy!  Leftovers taste great and can be stored in the fridge for up to four days.  The quinoa will soak up the lime and oil so, to amp up the flavor, add a little extra the next day and you're good to go!  A scoop or two makes a fabulous salad topper!

Serve it hot or chilled [my favorite!] but whatever you do, get this in your face!

Cilantro Lime Quinoa


craving more quinoa? 
Quinoa Fried RiceQuinoa Fried Rice Remix
Gluten Free Quinoa BLTQuinoa Bruschetta Salad

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31 comments:

  1. Wow Jenn this looks gorgeous! Love the sound of the flavours with the quinoa - lime, coconut and coriander (as we UK folk call it) are such a winning combo.

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  2. Maryea {happy healthy mama}Thursday, January 30, 2014

    Cilantro+lime for the win!! Love this.

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  3. Alysia @ Slim SanityThursday, January 30, 2014

    This sounds delicious! I love quinoa, I don't buy it often enough though! PINNED

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  4. you had me at quickie... i mean quinoa. ;-)

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  5. yummmm i love me some cilantro (and lime!) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  6. This looks so good! I have made homemade Chipotle bowls at home and created a similar recipe to this one for it! Cilantro and like is so so good!

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  7. Reminds me of good old Chipotle which is one of my favorite foods to recreate at home. This sounds like a perfect, quick side dish!

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  8. This looks wonderful, I adore cilantro but have not been using it much lately for some reason. Adding it to my list, thanks!

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  9. Katie @ Live Half FullThursday, January 30, 2014

    Yum! I'm going to make this alongside some Siracha wings for Superbowl!

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  10. This looks so good! I feel the urge to run right to the store and make it tonight!

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  11. this sounds so good! would be perfect for a mexican burrito bowl.

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  12. Tiffany @ The Chi-AthleteThursday, January 30, 2014

    Yum yum yum yum yum yum yum yummmmmm!

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  13. Sweet! I seriously love cilantro lime RICE, I'm not sure why I haven't thought to do it with quinoa. You are the twistomexicanerrything goddes I'm sure of it.

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  14. Brittany TrenthamFriday, January 31, 2014

    oh my... this looks amazing! Totally making this over the weekend!

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  15. YUM! lime+cilantro+quinoa=total YUM!

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  16. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeetsFriday, February 07, 2014

    I just did this same combo with brown rice. Genius idea to use quinoa. I might have tried that, except I made four cups of dry rice for a recipe that calls for 4 cups of cooked rice. Oops, I ended up with 12 cups of cooked rice. Ha, ha. Oh well, it all went into delicious things...cilantro lime rice included.

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  17. Will this cook the same on Low setting for longer hours?

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  18. Absolutely! It should cook up fabulously on low for 6-8 hours! =)

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  19. What's the olive oil for?

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  20. The olive oil adds a little extra flavor; feel free to leave it out! I typically add a little to all of my recipes and added it to this one out of habit and loved the results =)

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  21. Omgosh this looks delicious!!! I am going to get the ingredients and make this today!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  22. Btw whats the serving size for this recipe?

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  23. So. Many. Servings. Somewhere between 4 and 5 quarts worth. We have it for lunch a few days in a row and freeze the rest for "fast food" on busy days! I'd say at least 12-14 cups total.

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  24. Yay!!!! So excited you'll be making it! Hope you love it as much as I do! Xo

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  25. BTW. i made the recipe this weekend and everyone loved it!!! Thanks so much for sharing :) it was delicious!! I added some roasted corn to it.. mmm

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  26. This has been cooking away for the past two hours in my crock pot and I can hardly wait to taste!!!! Smells divine!!!

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  27. So glad you loved it! The roasted corn is brilliant!!! I've only ever added straight-from-the-freezer sweet corn to it but roasted sounds purely dreamy! I'll try that! Thanks!

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  28. I made this for my in laws and my family this past weekend....SMASH HIT!!! This is delicious, and once you get all the ingredients in, it cooks itself. This is a must try. It may have a lot of ingredients, but it is well worth it. Thank you for this recipe!

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  29. This is my first time cooking chicken in a crockpot. Do I cook the chicken first or do I put it in uncooked?

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  30. Hey Christina!

    Pop it in raw and it will cook in the pot and come out super tender/juicy. It shreds easiest after four hours or more in the pot. Hope you looooove it!

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  31. Can I just use a whole cut up chicken and then pick off the meat from the bones near the end, then throw the meat back in?

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