Mexican Quinoa (21 day fix approved)

Okay, I’ll admit it… I’m in love with quinoa!  I don’t know how I just discovered this miracle grain within the last 2 years.  As a vegetarian it’s packed with vital nutrients and tons of protein!  It keeps me full for a long time and I love the texture (seedy) which is probably why my husband hates quinoa.  This is m favorite go to meal, it’s packed with flavor, fills me up, freezes well and heats up beautifully!  I adapted this recipe from a favorite recipe to make it a little more 21 day fix friendly.  You can find the original recipe HERE.

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Mexican Quinoa (21 day fix approved)

Makes 4 servings

  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 jalapeno ,diced (optional)
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 (15oz) canned black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 (14.5oz) canned diced tomatoes, drained & rinsed
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 Tbsp smoky southwestern spice (recipe below) OR 1 tsp chili powder + 1 tsp cumin
  • Optional: Lime wedge, cilantro and avocado (add a blue container)
  1. Heat oil in large skillet and cook garlic (& jalapeno if you’re using) over medium heat for 1 minute
  2. Add quinoa, vegetable broth, black beans, tomatoes, spices and season with salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through (20 minutes)
  4. Stir in spinach until wilted (less than a minute)
  5. Divide into 4 equal portions.  Add avocado, cilantro and squirt lime right before eating.

Notes:  Cool completely before storing. Reheat in the microwave.  This keeps in the freezer (I usually eat within 2 weeks but it would last longer).

Smoky southwest seasoning:  1 Tbso chili powder, 1 Tbsp cumin, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp smoked paprika. Mix together in a small jar (keep you old spice jars!).

21 day fix portions: 

Vegetarian: 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 green, 1tsp, 1 blue  (If using avocado)

Regular:  Count the beans as a yellow- 1.5 yellows, 1 green, 1 tsp, 1 blue (If using avocado)

 

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