Healthy South of the Border Green Quinoa


This light, healthy dish is great paired with fish or chicken, but also complements a bowl of soup beautifully.  Quinoa is a tasty change from the same old rice I’d usually make to accompany chicken dinners.  The addition of the jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice brightens the flavor and adds a bit of sizzle.

Diff:  Easy     Prep:  5 min

 Cook:  15 min     Serves:  4


  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 2 cups spinach

  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves

  • Juice of one lime

  • 1/2 small jalapeno, seeded

  • 1 T extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 clove garlic

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 T Parmesan cheese


  • Bring a medium saucepan filled two-thirds with water to a boil.

  • Place quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and rinse several times.

  • Add quinoa to saucepan, lower heat and simmer until the grains are tender and the germ (which looks like a white tail) just shows; about 12 minutes.

  • Strain the quinoa and rinse under cold water.  Drain, then set aside to dry out.

  • While the quinoa is cooking, combine the spinach, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno, oil and garlic in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

  • Combine the dried quinoa, the spinach mixture, and 3/4 t. salt in the same saucepan the quinoa cooked in and set over medium-;low heat.

  • Cook, stirring, until warmed through, about 3 minutes.

  • Stir in 1T. of the Parmesan cheese.  Transfer to a serving dish, and sprinkle the other 1 T. of cheese on top.

  • Serve warm or at room temperature.  Enjoy!

I hope you will like this simple but brightly flavored dish.  Until next time, wishing you and your family all of God’s blessings, good health and happy eating!  

Smiles and Blessings,


4 responses to “Healthy South of the Border Green Quinoa

  1. I’m adding some garlic salt instead of garlic cloves, hope it’s
    fine, as I don’t wanna use garlic here directly…


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