Tired of rice? Why not try quinoa? This seed is a true gem in the nutritional department and makes a great replacement for most recipes that call for rice. What makes it so amazing? Besides being one of the few plant sources that is considered a complete protein (a real plus for Vegetarians!), it’s loaded with fiber, iron and magnesium. Another reason to love it? It’s easy to prepare and only takes about 15-20 minutes to cook.
Need some recipe inspiration? The recipe below is simple and versatile. It’s delicious as a side dish for any Mexican meal or can be used as a filler for tacos or burritos or even as a topping for a taco salad.
Looking to get more mileage out of this recipe? Amp up the flavor by adding more cilantro along with some chopped green onions. Want a spicier version? Try dicing up a jalapeno and cook it along with the cumin. Need a more satisfying dish? Stir in black beans, grape tomatoes and corn to make a hearty salad…really the options are endless!
1. Set a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the quinoa and toast for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add cumin and continue to stir, cooking an additional minute. Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until quinoa is cooked, about 15-20 minutes.
2. Drain any excess water. Add the lime juice and zest, cilantro, salt and pepper and toss until well combined.
Sometimes cake needs to happen, right? For one reason or another, I always find myself making cake. This Banana Coconut Bundt Cake has a story all it’s own. Perhaps not a riveting story, but a story nonetheless. Let me take you on a journey, a journey about how bananas and coconut became a bundt cake.
Every year Mother’s Day rolls around and I always find myself asking, “what am I going to get my mom?” I start feeling anxious about it too. I mean, is there really any gift that encapsulates the love I feel for this amazing woman? So you see, nothing ever seems adequate. This year I started to get that anxious feeling and then, by some grace of God, I felt a wave of calm wash over me. A voice telling me to sit down and reflect. So I did…and Mexican Wedding Cookies came to mind.
I mean it, I’m fighting for that warm weather to show up and I’m coming in strong. Luckily I have my friends at Plan to Eat on my side to help me! We’ve partnered for this super fun meal plan to get you excited about the upcoming warmer months! What’s this Grill It meal plan all about it? I’m so glad you asked! Take a peek at what you can expect by checking out the video below!
I refuse to make this post about Cinco de Mayo. Instead, I want to talk about salsa. It’s one of my favorite condiments for so many reasons. This post is a profession of my love for salsa. For reading it, you will be rewarded with my super fresh Jalapeño Honeydew Salsa, perfect for ANY day, not just Cinco de Mayo! 🙂
I made something fancy for you. Something you’d find on the menu at a bistro. A French bistro. The kind with wrought iron tables set with fine china. The kind where you see (and yearn to be the) people sipping rosé and wearing dark sunglasses and white linen pants. I’ve never been to France, but this is how I imagine every bistro there. Super cool without even trying. Kind of like this tuna salad, super cool without even trying!
Can I offer you a cupcake? Really, can I? Of course I know I can’t physically hand you one, but I sure would love to. Because cupcakes make people happy and I want to make sure you’re happy! So how about a recipe for Toasted Coconut Cupcakes? My little gift of joy to you!
I’m not going to lie to you, I do buy my salad dressing. There just happen to be a few that I really like and so I keep them on hand. But, I will tell you this, I REALLY like homemade salad dressing. I sure do and right now I’m really loving this Creamy Cilantro Lime Salad Dressing.
If I could be a food, I would be a taco. I would, I really would. Tacos bring so much joy into this world and I would want to be part of that joy. Think about it, have you ever felt mad or sad after eating a taco? No! Just pure joy and happiness. What a life! I make a lot of tacos, and right now I’m loving them veggie style and loaded with beans. And right now these Cumin Chickpea Tacos make me really happy!
Does your family love pasta? I have 2 big pasta lovers in my household. And I grew up with a brother who could’ve probably housed an entire pound of spaghetti all by himself. Me? Not so much. Sure, I like pasta, but it’s not up there on my favorite foods list. So how do I fulfill my family’s pasta needs? I compromise with pasta salad!