Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Mexican Quinoa

For the past couple years, we've  jumped onto the quinoa bandwagon in a major way! I mean who doesn't love a high protein, high fibre food that's chockful of nutrients and is low on the glycemic index. 

When I saw this recipe for Mexican Quinoa at Damn Delicious, I knew I had to take try my own spin on it for my little family.


(Serves 4 people or two adults, two little ones and leftovers for lunch the next day)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4cup red onion finely chopped
  • 6 or 7 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 red or green pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke OR 1 teaspoon of chipotle chile for those who like the heat
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Toppings: avocado, cheese, cilantro, green onions, sour cream, jalapenos- whatever you like on your mexican food!


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. 

Watch your toddler who is eating the red peppers like it's 
her job

Add garlic, onion, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. 

Add mushroom and green peppers and cook for a minute more.

Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, liquid smoke or chili powder and cumin.

In this particular instance, I didn't have the black beans so I omitted it but I prefer it with

                        Season with salt and pepper, to taste. 

Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 20 minutes. 
Stir in whatever toppings you desire. 
Serve immediately.

It is seriously so good and so filling! YOu don't even realise that it's a vegetarian meal! And it takes about 20 minutes. Try it…. it shall not disappoint!

Linking up with 
 Kate and Emily for Tasty Tuesday
 Kristen for Handmade TuesdaySusan for Love From the Kitchenand Beth and some other lovely ladies for Tuesday Talk

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  1. This looks delicious!!! I love Mexican, yummy!

  2. I love the alternative to rice on this!! Sounds so good! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  3. Mmmmm this looks SO so good! Mexican foods are my favorite for sure.

    Thanks for linking up!

  4. This looks so delicious! Mexican is my ultimate favorite so I have to try! I also love your cute little helper in the kitchen :)

  5. YUM! I've been loving different quinoa recipes lately, this looks DELISH :-D

  6. You had me at 20 minutes! And Mexican. And Vegetarian ;) This is right up my alley, definitely gonna try it!

  7. That looks yummy!! I love quinoa and this is a great way to still eat Mexican and be healthy. Yum yum!

  8. i've yet to cook with quinoa but really need to give it a shot especially this recipe with all the extra veggies and corn!

  9. Hi Sarita!! :) Wow! That looks so yummy. Right up my alley. I will have to try that recipe! YUM!!!!

  10. I've been looking for quinoa recipes that are actually delicious..... a lot of them are bland but I really like flavor and spice. Thanks for sharing!


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