Eat : Quinoa Bowl

Mexican Quinoa Bowl | That's Pretty Ace
 

After a wonderful first experience at Trader Joe's (where have you been all my life?), Chris and I went home with a bag of quinoa. I'd heard great things - like rice, but seeds; more nutrients; better for you - and I was intrigued. We decided to pair it with all of our favorite things. When you make a meal taste like a burrito bowl, how can you go wrong? 

You can't. It's good. We've had it three times this week. 

 
Mexican Quinoa Bowl | That's Pretty Ace
Mexican Quinoa Bowl | That's Pretty Ace
 

This dish is extremely versatile, so you can remove or add whatever ingredients you like. That's what makes it great!  

Here's what we did... 

INGREDIENTS :
- 1 cup quinoa (comes in white, black, or red; we got white)
- 2 cups water
- 1 can black beans
- 1 can sweet corn
- 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1/3 cup diced white onion
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 cup grated cheese (we used a 3-cheese mexican mix)

STEPS:
1. Cook your quinoa. It's ridiculously easy - 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water in a saucepan. I also go ahead and pour in our spices at this time. Ours instructed us to let that come to a boil, then once it boils, reduce to a simmer and cover for 10-15 minutes. It's done when most of the water is soaked up, and can be fluffed with a fork. 

2. While the quinoa is cooking, dice your red pepper and onion and saute for about 5 minutes in a little olive oil (or whatever you prefer). After this, you can add the black beans and corn to the pan to warm them a bit. 

3. Once the quinoa is ready, fluff it a bit with a fork and combine the two pans. Serve into bowls.

4. I like to add the mixed cheese into the bowls and place the avocado on top, but it's really up to you. I love the customization this recipe allows. Chris and I both really like avocado, so we each take a half and chop it up in our bowls! Fair warning, quinoa is very filling. I usually serve myself about 1 and 1/2 cups of the mixture and I get FULL. We always end up with leftovers (and it's just as good re-heated)! 

  

 

 
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Mexican Quinoa Bowl | That's Pretty Ace

For those of you doing "meatless Mondays", this is a great option. Chris and I love it because it's such a quick way to get lots of vegetables and nutrients. Chris has night classes this semester, so we are always trying to find meals that are both quick AND healthy. This fits the bill perfectly! Hope you enjoy... and comment and let me know if you try any different combinations! We would love new suggestions.  

Side note...  we have added ground beef and diced chicken before, and it's equally awesome. Chris loves having a little chicken in there for some protein. This is definitely a well-balanced meal, and you're getting so many good nutrients out of it. Enjoy!

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