Guacamole Inspired Quinoa
Avocados are ever present in my diet and for me, a dish with avocado in it is never a disappointment. Hence guacamole-inspired quinoa. This protein packed recipe, is also full of other necessary vitamins, such as vitamin C (thanks to the bell pepper pieces and tomatoes), vitamin A (from the tomatoes), and B-complex vitamins (from the avocado). Avocado adds a creamy texture and a dose of heart-healthy fats. Overall, this dish tasted reminiscent of guacamole, but with much more substance.
Ingredients for guacamole-inspired quinoa:
*Serves 3-4 people
1 cup of quinoa
1 tbsp of olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 large clove of garlic, diced
1/2 tsp of salt
1/4 tsp of pepper and garlic powder
1 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup of diced tomato
1/4 cup of organic bell peppers diced
1 jalapeno diced
1 avocado, diced
1 tbsp of fresh cilantro, sliced
1- Add the quinoa to two cups of water and heat over medium high heat. When the quinoa begins to boil, lower the heat to medium low.
2- Meanwhile dice all of the vegetables. Then heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion to the pan and let it cook for 3-5 minutes before adding the garlic. When the garlic begins to brown, take the pan off the heat.
3- When the quinoa is done, add the extra virgin olive oil, spices, and lemon juice. Stir well and then add the rest of the veggies, including the onion mixture. Finally, add the cilantro. Enjoy!
If you have any favorite avocado inspired recipes, please share!