My husband and I are following the guidelines of the Virgin Diet (no gluten, soy, eggs, dairy, peanuts, corn, or sugar) and wanted to experiment with some new ways to eat quinoa. We love guacamole, and decided to transfer the ingredients into this healthy and flavorful quinoa dish.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat; cook and stir onion and garlic in the hot oil until slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir quinoa into onion mixture and cook until quinoa is lightly browned, about 30 seconds.

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  • Squeeze lime juice into a 2-cup measuring cup; pour in enough chicken stock to make 2 cups liquid. Pour chicken stock mixture over quinoa and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover saucepan, and simmer until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and chill in the refrigerator, about 1 hour.

  • Fold cilantro, tomatoes, avocado, and jalapeno pepper into quinoa mixture. Return quinoa to refrigerator for flavors to blend or serve immediately.

Cook's Note:

Adding the avocado to the quinoa mixture while it is hot may cause browning. For a toddler-friendly version, omit the jalapeno.

Nutrition Facts

204 calories; protein 6.5g 13% DV; carbohydrates 29.4g 10% DV; fat 8g 12% DV; cholesterol 0.2mg; sodium 213.3mg 9% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
03/29/2014
It's nice light and fresh. Really easy and quick. I didn't make any changes to it but I think I will take Heather's suggestions next time. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/06/2014
Maybe it was too much like but I didn't care for it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/29/2014
It's nice light and fresh. Really easy and quick. I didn't make any changes to it but I think I will take Heather's suggestions next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/22/2015
Liked it as written but loved it after adding 2 extra avocados A 7 ounce can of green chilies salt pepper Cumin and a little chili powder. Kicked it up a notch and made it more guacamole like!! Brought it to work with fresh tortilla chips and it was devoured!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2014
Great! Refreshing! I used 1/2 can diced tomatoes and 1 mild hatch green chile from the can (gluten free). Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/05/2014
Maybe it was too much like but I didn't care for it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2013
Made this for Pinterest Faceless Frenzy Nov'13. It was awesome! Even if you aren't an avocado lover and you wanted to leave it out this would still be good. I made it in the morning and let sit in the fridge all day minus the avocado which I added right before serving. I thought it needed an extra squirt of lime prior to serving because the lime flavour really mellowed through the day. I served this as a side to fish tacos but it is worthy of accompanying any main. Thank you Mom2Bell&Bubba. This is a keeper! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/01/2018
I didn't put jalapeno peppers in it and didn't have any limes or lime juice. I put lemon juice in instead. It was great! Even my husband who is picky when it comes to quinoa liked it a lot. I am saving this one as a favorite and will make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2014
Loved it make this all the time and the entire family loves it! Although of course as I always do I make my own variation. I add corn kernels and chickpeas browned in olive oil for extra vegetarian healthfulness;) it's delicious Read More