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Cilantro lime quinoa in a small sauce pot with a wooden spoon and lime garnishes.

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Cilantro lime quinoa is an easy healthy side dish that can be made on the stove top, in the instant pot, or with pre-made quinoa. It's great for meal prep and can even be frozen for healthy freezer meals.

free from: wheat/ gluten, dairy, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 181 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water or broth
  • 1 lime (juice and zest)
  • 1 bunch cilantro (leaves only, finely chopped)
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • salt to taste (if cooking in water)

Instructions

Using the Instant Pot:

  1. Add two cups of water and one cup quinoa to the Instant Pot. Seal the vent and set to high pressure for 5 minutes. When done, do a quick release and fluff quinoa with a fork. Stir in lime zest and juice, coconut oil, and chopped cilantro. Salt to taste (if needed).

Using the Stove Top:

  1. Bring two cups of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the cup of quinoa, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook 15-20 minutes (until water has totally evaporated and quinoa is cooked completely). When done, do a quick release and fluff quinoa with a fork. Stir in lime zest and juice, coconut oil, and chopped cilantro. Salt to taste (if needed).

Freezing & Reheating Instructions:

  1. Freeze in either a large portion you need or in small, half cup portions for easy complex carbohydrate whole grain components for meals. To thaw and heat a single serving, microwave on high for 60-90 seconds. Alternatively, you can thaw and reheat in a pan on the stovetop. If going this route, you may need to add 1-2 tsp water to help keep quinoa moist.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information will vary if cooking in another liquid that is not water.

Olive oil or avocado oil can be substituted for coconut oil in case of allergy or intolerance to coconut oil.

Nutrition Facts
Cilantro Lime Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 267mg8%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 135IU3%
Vitamin C 5.4mg7%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.