Light and Healthy Quinoa Burrito Bowls

January 5, 2015

Quinoa burrito bowls are a healthy meal that is can be prepared in under 30 minutes.  Whether you are a vegetarian or not, quinoa is a terrific source of protein, that is neither soy based or comes from an animal.  Additionally, this ancient seed is rich inamino acids, insoluble fiber, magnesium, riboflavin, and phytonutrients. Regular consumption of quinoa can improve your cardiovascular health, reduce depression, and decrease your risk of certain cancers. It’s also gluten free, which is helpful to people with Celiac disease and those who are on gluten-free diets.  

For this recipe, quinoa is seasoned with smoky cumin, fresh cilantro and lime juice to give it a south of the border flavor.  Sauteed black beans are served with the quinoa and are garnished with a variety of toppings including cheese, sour cream, and guacamole.  You can easily tailor this recipe to align with your diet such as eliminating the dairy or adding an additional protein source.  Your family is going to love this healthy take on a favorite fast food dish.

Quinoa Burrito Bowls


1 cup quinoa
1/2 teaspoon cumin
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 limes, juiced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 clove garlic, finely minced
2 cans (15 oz each) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 tsp ancho chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup shredded lettuce
kosher salt and freshly grated black pepper, to taste

Shredded cheese (Jack, Cheddar, Cotija, Oaxaca) 
Sour cream
Pico de gallo or salsa verde
Diced tomatoes
Sliced avocado or guacamole
Corn (canned or frozen)
Chicken, pork, beef, or tofu


Step 1: Rinse quinoa thoroughly in a fine mesh wire sieve.  Cook quinoa according to package directions.  Add the cumin to the cooking liquid.

Step 2: Once cooked, fluff quinoa with a fork.  Add the chopped cilantro and mix in the lime juice.  Stir to combine.

Step 3: Heat olive olive in a large saute pan over medium high heat.  Add the onion and garlic and cook until fragrant and onion appears translucent, stirring occasionally, about 5 to 7 minutes.  Add the black beans, ancho chili powder and cayenne pepper and stir to combine.  Season with salt and pepper.  Continue to cook for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step 4:   Assemble the bowls.  First, spoon the quinoa in the bowl.  Next, add the black beans.  Finally, add the assorted toppings including shredded lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, soue cream, cheese, avocado, corn, and any protein if desired.

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