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Mexican Quinoa Skillet
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Mexican Quinoa Skillet

This Mexican Quinoa Skillet is bursting with texture, spice and yumminess. Its a quick and easy weeknight meal made in less than 30 minutes, all in one skillet and its sure to satisfy everyone.

 

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This Mexican Quinoa Skillet is one of my favorite go-to weeknight meals.

When I weighed nearly 300 lbs, I never ate quinoa. My tastes weren’t very adventurous. I grew up a meat and potatoes girl and didn’t stray from that style of eating very much. However, once I started losing weight I began to develop a taste and a curiosity for different foods. Now that I have lost 125 lbs, I have discovered a lot of delicious foods including quinoa.

 

Is quinoa good for you?

Healthline.com says, “Quinoa is one of the world’s most popular health foods.  It’s gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids. It is also high in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants.

Click HERE to learn more.

 

 

How do you cook quinoa?

Quinoa is simple to cook. You will use a 2:1 ratio of liquid to quinoa, or 2 cups of water for every 1 cup of dry quinoa. I suggest using another liquid besides water, such as vegetable or mushroom broth, in order to make the quinoa more flavorful.

 

 

Can you freeze quinoa?

Yes, you can freeze cooked quinoa and its a great healthy life hack! Allow the cooked quinoa to cool completely, then transfer it to a freezer safe resealable plastic bag. Press all the air out before sealing, then pat the quinoa into an even layer and freeze.

 

I like making this meal even easier by using frozen quinoa. If you’re looking for a short cut, check out the Alternative Cooking Method at the bottom of the recipe.

 

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No Cholesterol

High Fiber

High in Iron, Magnesium, B6, C…

SOOOOOOO Easy

 

 

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Mexican Quinoa Skillet

This Mexican Quinoa Skillet is bursting with texture, spice and yumminess. Its a quick and easy weeknight meal made in less than 30 minutes, all in one skillet and its sure to satisfy everyone.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Calories 195kcal
Author Intentionally Eat with Cindy Newland

Ingredients

  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped I prefer purple sweet potatoes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 16 oz salsa or diced tomatoes
  • Optional avocados, jalapenos, cilantro, tortilla chips, non-dairy cheese

Instructions

  • In a large skillet heat 1 tbsp of oil over medium heat. Add sweet potato and onion. Saute for about 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1 minute more.
  • Add cumin and chili powder, stir to coat vegetables.
  • Add broth and quinoa. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat, then reduce the temperature to a simmer. Simmer for approximately 15 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Add salsa and black beans. Stir and cook for another 5 minutes or until heated through.
  • Add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Notes

8 g protein, 25 g carbs, 3 g fat, 10 g fiber
 

Alternative Cooking Method
Proceed with steps 1 and 2.
Use cooked quinoa in step 3 and omit 1 cup of vegetable broth. Cook for 5 minutes.
Proceed with the final steps and enjoy!

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I mentioned in the recipe that I prefer purple sweet potatoes in this recipe. I prefer them because they are less sweet, more dense and drier than a typical sweet potato. However, either type will work or you could use a regular white potato. Go crazy!

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If you want even more Mexican, then check out these Black Bean and Pumpkin Enchiladas!

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Did you make this Mexican Quinoa Skillet?

 

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Intentionally Eat,

Cindy

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11 Comments

  1. Marie Phillips

    5 stars
    Congratulations on doing such a great job losing that weight! I actually have a very similar recipe to this that we make all the time. But we will put chicken in it to make it more filling. Thank you for another great idea.

  2. Leanne Wong

    5 stars
    I’m so happy I came across your food blog! Intentional, healthy eating is something I really want to get into this year. This Quinoa recipe looks delish!

  3. Nyxie

    This looks amazing! I’d love to try and make this, it doesn’t seem like it would be overly difficult.
    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Lyosha

    everything looks so very delicious! I would definitely love to try it as well!

  5. Jon Maldia

    This looks really good! I think I’ll cook it this week.

  6. supermompicks

    Congrats on your amazing weight-loss! I am sure that learning portion control was a huge help for you. It is my number one struggle!

  7. Fransic verso

    One thing I’m looking for when it comes to food, a quick and simple recipes which this will just be perfect.

  8. David Elliott

    5 stars
    I haven’t done a lot with Quinoa before. But I do know it’s supposed to be really good for you. And this looks delicious. I will have to try this out.

  9. Monica Y

    That recipe looks so good, I need to try to make it this week, we have been incorporating healthier meals to our dinner plan

  10. Aleks

    Love the recipe idea!!

  11. fashionandstylepolice

    5 stars
    This recipe looks and sounds really tasty. I will be trying it one of these days.

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