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quinoa burrito bowls

So… I’ve been hearing all this hype about “quinoa.” After finally learning how to say it (keen-wah), I decided I better get on this bandwagon and learn to cook it. I went to buy some at Wal-Mart, and the cashier was asking me all these questions about it. I felt like kind of like an idiot when I didn’t even really know what it was, so here are some quick fun facts about quinoa before we start:

  • It is a species of goosefoot, which is a grain-like crop primarily grown for its edible seeds.
  • It is classified as a “chenopod,” which makes it closely related to species such as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds.
  • Nutritional value: high protein content (14%), and it is a complete protein (meaning it contains all nine of the amino acids necessary for our dietary needs). It is also a good source of dietary fiber, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and calcium. Source

So, pretty much, quinoa is an amazing superfood. I feel good about that. And, turns out, it tastes pretty darn good.

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quinoa burrito bowls
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Serves: 4
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cube tomato bouillon with chicken flavor (you may find it in the store as "caldo de tomate")
  • Shredded chicken (as usual, I prefer rotisserie chicken - brown in a medium saucepan with a bit of olive oil)
  • Black beans (heat in a medium saucepan)
  • Lime juice
  • Corn
  • Cheddar or Jack Cheese
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Greek yogurt
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Sliced avocados or guacamole
  • Hot sauce
  1. Cook the quinoa as directed on the package, but add the bouillon to the water as the quinoa is boiling. This will give it an amazing flavor, similar to Mexican rice.Make sure to stir the quinoa as it is cooking, so it doesn't burn.
  2. Load your bowl up with as many of the toppings as you would like. Yum!

This recipe was altered from the recipe found at The Shiksa In the Kitchen.

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October 23rd, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Anna this looks amazing! I am going to try it next week. I’m so happy you have a food blog and even happier that I found it!!!

October 25th, 2012 at 6:36 am

Thanks Chaela! Good to hear from you… you should definitely try this. It’s super delicious 🙂


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