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.
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:
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:
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.
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.