It literally rained for two weeks in CT, so when the sun finally decided to show up, it reeeeeally showed up. This week was absolutely gorgeous, sunny mid 70’s perfection. The trees finally have leaves on them and seemingly every flower in the neighborhood was blooming! We busted out with the patio furniture, popped open a crisp bottle of Savignon Blanc and had dinner alfresco. I wanted to make a healthy and easy meal filled with fresh bright flavors. This recipe is for coconut lime quinoa and it only has 3 ingredients. To make a meal out of this simple side dish, I added some chicken breast and a couple of sauteed veggies.
The beauty of this recipe is you can customize it to your favorite flavors. Don’t like tomatoes? No problem, add spinach (bonus it may help to keep you looking young). Don’t like savory? Make it sweet by adding some grilled pineapple and drizzle a little agave on top. I love recipes like this where it’s just a base and you add what you like and omit what you don’t. I added cilantro and shredded coconut to this base recipe because I love that combo. Check out this texture 😛
Did I mention the coconut lime quinoa is vegan? Win. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is one of the healthiest foods out there. It’s packed with muscle building protein, fiber which keeps you fuller longer, and loaded with antioxidants which also keep you looking young. It’s pretty much the perfect food.
Coconut Lime Quinoa
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 cup quinoa (rinsed if package suggests it)
- 1 lime (juice and zest)
In a sauce pan, combine coconut milk, dry quinoa and lime juice. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover for 12-15 minutes (until liquid is absorbed). Uncover and fluff. Top with meat, tofu or veggies of your choice!
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