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Mexican Style Quinoa – Supper for a Steal

Mexican Style Quinoa -- Supper for a Steal

I put out a call on Twitter when I was making the Black Bean Casserole for a good quinoa side dish to make with it. Someone suggested Mexican quinoa, well duh, I should have thought of that one. I scoured my pantry for “Mexican style” items and found onions, garlic, and diced tomatoes. This sounded like a good start. Of course I finished off the dish with cilantro for that fresh herb taste. If you aren’t a fan of cilantro I would swap it out for basil, but then we might need to call it Italian style quinoa.

Can you believe that this was my first time have quinoa? I had been hearing about it for months, years maybe, and just finally was getting around to trying it. Well ever since that day I have been hooked. I now keep a box in the pantry at all times.

What I love most about quinoa is it’s versatility. You can make it into a grain (although it’s technically not a grain) salad which is great for lunches or a light dinner or serve it as a side to compliment the rest of your meal. There are plenty more quinoa recipes to come here on the blog, so I hope you aren’t over my favorite new seed yet.

Mexican Style Quinoa
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Serves: 4
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes (preferably with garlic)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  1. Heat olive oil in saucepan over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté 2-4 minutes until onion is soft.
  2. Stir in quinoa, tomatoes, and water. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium low and cover.
  4. Simmer 20-25 minutes until the liquid is absorbed.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in chopped cilantro.


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