Cilantro Lime Quinoa

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Cilantro Lime Quinoa

So Thanksgiving is coming up and many people are looking for new and fresh side dish ideas. Just kidding, stick with the standards that everyone already knows and loves. While this cilantro lime quinoa is delicious and healthy, keep it in bowls and not as a glutton-party side dish.

Quinoa is actually pretty easy to make. It is a grain that can be cooked just like rice. This recipe uses a ratio of 2:1 liquid to dry quinoa. Here’s the kicker though; instead of using regular water like most recipes call for, I’m using chicken stock.

How To Make Quinoa

Dry Quinoa

There are really only two steps to making quinoa. Boil water, and add the quinoa. For this recipe I’m just doing 2 cups of chicken stock and one cup on quinoa.

chicken stock

In a pot boil the chicken stock (or water if you want to keep it extra simple). Once boiling add in the dry quinoa grains and give a stir. Turn the heat down to low, place on the lid, and let cook for 15-20 minutes. If your quinoa is too wet you can take off the lid to help some of the water evaporate. I quite like my quinoa “wet” though as it makes a better base for bowls in my opinion.

chopped fresh cilantro

Chop up a couple tablespoons of fresh cilantro. Once the quinoa is done, add the cilantro and the juice of one lime. Give the cilantro lime quinoa a good mix and you’re ready to serve!

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

A healthier alternative to rice, this cilantro lime quinoa can be used as a base in a variety of dishes. It even makes a great side for meat!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chilean, Peruvian, South American
Keyword: Cilantro Lime Quinoa, Healthy, Quinoa
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 201kcal
Cost: $2


  • Pot


  • 1 cup Quinoa dry
  • 2 cups Chicken Stock wet
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro fresh, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Lime Juice more or less, about one whole lime
  • Salt to taste (if your chicken stock has salt in it you may not want to add more).


  • Bring the chicken stock to a boil.
  • Add the quinoa and stir the pot. Lower the heat to the smallest setting and put a lid. Cook for 15-20 minutes (your desired wetness).
  • Take off the lid, add the lime juice and cilantro. Stir and serve.


Quinoa can be stored for a few days once cooked. Just place into a sealable container and pop into the fridge.


Sodium: 174mg | Calcium: 24mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 13IU | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 365mg | Cholesterol: 4mg | Calories: 201kcal | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 4g | Protein: 9g | Carbohydrates: 32g | Iron: 2mg
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Cilantro Lime Quinoa

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