Saturday, January 19, 2008


Try this healthy side dish instead of Mexican Rice with your next Mex-style dinner. It tastes good cold too!

MexiQuinoa is an awesome alternative to Spanish Rice!

Ingredients (makes about 8 servings)
2 cups dry quinoa
4 cups water
15 oz can of corn (about 2 cups), drained
15 oz can of black beans (pinto would work well too), drained
4 oz can of nacho sliced jalapenos, drained
1 cup chunky salsa, of choice
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice (or lime juice)
1/4 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried oregeno (or 1 tbsp fresh)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Optional add-ins:
1/2 cup diced bell pepper
1/2 cup finely diced red onion
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
extra chopped tomatoes

In a sauce pot, bring water to boil. Add quinoa, return to boil, then reduce heat and cover to cook, about 10-12 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed. Remove from Heat. Fluff with a fork, cover and let sit another ten minutes. While quinoa is cooking you can mix all the other ingredients together in a large bowl. When quinoa is ready, mix it into the other ingredients and serve. Tastes great as a hot dish, but even better the next day after all of the flavors have really melded together!

Yield: 8 Servings


mustardseed said...

Yum! I don't have quinoa but I plan to get some...they're not cheap though.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, my husband would love this!

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

mmm, what a wonderful variation on the classic Mexican rice side-dish - I love quinoa!

Kristine said...

Joni, I gotta say...I just read your comment on Tracy's latest blog entry...and I damn near peed in my pants. Thank you for making my day! Twice, infact, beacause I had this salad for lunch today, and I pretty much was ready for a fiesta. I could've gone for a shot of tequila for dessert...but something tells me my clients would find that even more insulting than my garlic breath (do I REALLY have to add garlic to everything...yes.)
Thanks for something yummy! and something funny! Oh..I did not mean to rhyme that...

TB said...

This looks fantastic! I'm bookmarking it for our next "taco night." And by the way, I'm making your 7 layer dip for my superbowl party tomorrow. Yay!

Karyn said...

This is good, but next time I will saute garlic and onions while he quinoa cooks, then stir them in. Avocado makes it extra yummy!

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