One Pan Mexican Quinoa

Comfort food just got a whole lot healthier and easier to make, with a Mexican Quinoa twist

When you are on holiday, you want to do as few dishes as possible, create something that is trouble-free and not pick up that extra ten kilos, but still enjoy what you eat. We have the perfect solution – One Pan Mexican Quinoa!

Yes, everything is made in only one pan – even the quinoa is cooked right in the pan!

Make something that you will enjoy on holiday, but that is still nutritious, healthy and delicious. Instead of creating flavourless healthy food or overindulging in take-ways, create something with amazing Mexican flavours. This spicy dish with hearty flavours and traces of zesty lime juice will not only satisfy your hunger, but also your taste buds. And that’s exactly what this fun Mexican dish is! You simply throw everything into a pan and that’s it. You will not only have fewer dishes to wash, but an amazing meal in less than an hour.

TIP: Try bulgur wheat as an alternative to quinoa.

Healthy Comfort Food - Quinoa

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • A cup of quinoa
  • A cup of vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • A cup of corn kernels, frozen or canned
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Healthy Comfort Food - Ingredients

  1. In a large pan heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the jalapeno and garlic in the pan and stir for about one minute. You will know one minute has passed when you start to smell the amazing fragrance.
  2. You can then add all the other ingredients in the pan, excluding the avocado, lime juice and cilantro. Stir frequently, until the entire mixture starts boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, until the quinoa is cooked.
  3. Add the cilantro, avocado and lime juice and give everything one last stir. Serve immediately afterwards.

Healthy Comfort Food - Mexican Quinoa

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[Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious]