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Spanish-style Quinoa

Spanish-Style Quinoa

Everyone loves Spanish rice when having tacos, enchiladas, etc.  I know I do.  BUT I decided to make it a little bit healthier using quinoa.  Quinoa has more fiber and more protein than rice, which makes it a little more filling.  Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and is a great source of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, calcium, potassium and selenium. In this Spanish-Style Quinoa I used chicken broth, but if you switch to water or vegetable broth it could be a vegetarian and vegan side dish.




I also have great uses for the leftovers. I made this dish to go with tacos.  So a couple days later I mixed the taco meat with the Spanish-style Quinoa, put that in some peppers with cheese. And there you go, stuffed peppers.  Another option for the leftovers is enchiladas.  Now you can just mix this quinoa with some cheese, put into corn tortillas, top with enchilada sauce, find my home made recipe here, and cheese and there you have enchiladas.  But you could put shredded chicken or taco meat into those as well. The enchiladas with the leftover Spanish-style Quinoa are my favorite! spanish-style quinoa

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Spanish-Style Quinoa
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Spanish-Style Quinoa
Spanish-style quinoa is the healthier version on Spanish rice with ALL the flavor.
spanish style quinoa
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
spanish style quinoa
Instructions
  1. In a microwave safe bowl, mix together chicken broth, quinoa and the juice from the can of stewed tomatoes. Cover and cook on high for 8 minutes.
  2. Stir quinoa and cook for 6 more minutes.
  3. After the quinoa is done cooking let it sit covered in the microwave 10 minutes. It should look fluffy when done.
  4. In a large pot, dump in stewed tomatoes and onions. Cook about 10 mins or until onions are translucent. While the tomatoes and onions are cooking mash the tomatoes up with spatula or I use a potato masher.
  5. Add in can of corn, quinoa, and spices. Cook through 5-10 minutes.
  6. Add lime juice at the end! Enjoy. I sometimes like to add cilantro, but not everyone in my family enjoys it.
Recipe Notes

NUTRITION INFO: 232 Calories, 3 g Fat, 40 g Carbs, 9 g protein, 5 g Fiber, 3 g sugar

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