How to Make Light and Tasty Quinoa with a Mexican Twist

How to Make Light and Tasty Quinoa with a Mexican Twist
light and tasty quinoa

Quinoa with a Mexican twist

Here is a recipe from Vegan in 30 Days.  This quinoa recipe is full of flavor.  You learned that quinoa is an ancient grain in Healthy Grains You Should Eat.

Quinoa is a good choice for those of you who eat a predominately plant-based diet because it is a complete protein.

Try this recipe and add your own spin on it.  A few items you can add to this recipe is:

  • Sprinkle with diced/sliced of avocado
  • Vegan/Vegetarian sour cream
  • Vegan/Vegetarian cheese
  • Sprinkle with green onions
  • Sprinkle with fresh tomatoes
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Sprinkle with toasted spicy pumpkin seeds croutons
  • Drizzle with spicy garlic oil
  • Nutritional yeast

There are many ways to add your own spin on this recipe.  Be creative and make your taste buds dance a happy dance.

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  1. Betty says:

    I can vouch for this recipe and how delicious it is! I utilized some of the advice from a poster above and added a bit of chili powder to the mix. Additionally, I added just a pinch more of cumin and cayenne for a little extra zip.

    Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe.


  2. Angela says:

    I’m unfamiliar of Quinoa so I tried to check it out in Google. The first time I saw it in your video, I asked myself if its an specie of rice grain, but then I discovered it’s just a seed than a family of grain. I wonder if taste like a sesame seed something like that… Maybe I should try checking this ingredient in our market.

    • Hi Angela,

      Quinoa tastes nothing like sesame seeds. It reminds me of rice with a little nutty taste and a bit of texture. It is not a bad taste at all. If it tasted like sesame seeds, I don’t think I could eat it. 🙂 I’ve tried making tahini and sesame seed milk and my taste buds did not like it all that much.

      Hope you have an idea about how it tastes. Quinoa actually takes on the flavor of whatever you season it with. But it still has its own flavor..which is not bad at all.

      Take care,


  3. Patricia says:

    Hi Evelyn

    Sounds delicious minus the spices for me 😉 Always good to get new recipes and this one sounds very healthy.

    Thanks for sharing with us Evelyn. Appreciated.

    Patricia Perth Australia

  4. Jennifer says:

    My mouth is watering just looking at this dish! Looks absolutely delicious.

  5. Fran Aslam says:

    Hi Evelyn:

    Very good recipe. Actually I liked it even more because, I want to avoid extra carbs in my meal, and You said it is a protein, plant based protein. So what kind of fats it has? Also I like to know where to buy it from? Will I find it in a grocery store? or a health food store, that have become very pricey now.
    Please let me know. Thank you so much. You know what I love cilantro flavor in my dishes. So I do want to try this recipe.

    Fran A

    • Hi Ms. Fran,


      This recipe does have carbs in it being that I am using the grain and corn. But it is also high in fiber and protein too.

      This is a very low fat recipe. I only used olive oil to saute the veggies and I didn’t use that much. The other ingredients are very low in fat, if they have any at all.

      You should be able to purchase quinoa in your grocery store, but I know you can find it in a health food store too.

      Yeah, cilantro gives it a zip, like Tai mentioned.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  6. Tai says:

    Yum! My stomach is growling watching this video. I would definitely add more cilantro because I love the flavorful zip it adds to dishes. I also think that a little chili powder would give this dish a nice kick and even more Mexican flare as well. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Evelyn says:

      Hi Tai,

      I totally agree with everything you recommend for this dish. The next time I make this, I will add the chili powder. 🙂 Thank you for chiming in!

      Take care,