Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Cilantro Lime Quinoa
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Quinoa has more protein than any other grain. It is gluten-free, contains 3 grams fiber per serving, and is a healthy alternative to any recipe that uses rice. Add a can of low-sodium black beans to boost the fiber and protein in this recipe.

  • Prep time
    20 min
  • Servings
    6 Servings
  • Serving size
    ½ cup
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

6 Servings

  • Serving Size
    ½ cup
  • Amount per serving Calories 145

  • Total Fat 0g
    • Saturated Fat 0.5g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 35mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 22g
    • Dietary Fiber 2g
    • Total Sugars 3g
  • Protein 5g
  • Potassium 270mg


  • canola oil
    1 tbsp
  • small onion (chopped)
  • garlic (minced )
    2 clove
  • quinoa
    1 cup
  • low sodium chicken broth (low-sodium, fat-free, (gluten-free if needed))
    2 cup
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • fresh cilantro (chopped)
    1/2 cup


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Reduce the heat to low and add quinoa. Cook over a low heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly to make sure the quinoa doesn’t burn.

  2. Add the chicken broth and the juice of 1 lime and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until done. Remove from heat.

  3. Stir in the juice of 1 lime and chopped cilantro.

  • Not recommended

    My husband liked it however I thought it lacked flavor. It was soupy so I did have to cook it longer. Probably won't make it again. It was missing something

  • Recommended

    Generally a successful, solid basic recipe easily adapted to personal tastes - more or less onions, garlic, lime and cilantro. The dish has a nice texture, taste is pleasing without a strong aroma. Looks appealing on a plate with roasted chicken breast, assorted non-starchy veggies, tomatoes and avocado. All ingredients were included in the recipe with clear, concise instructions. I will make this recipe again and adjust it to our particular taste - I will reduce the lime juice added at the end by half. We love cilantro and may add more next time. My family will also request that I add salt even thought the low-sodium chicken broth has salt. buen provecho

  • Recommended

    This was way too limey and too much cilantro. The quinoa was very soupy I had to keep the lid off and cook it 5 minutes longer. Next time I will use half the cilantro & lime and cook it with the lid off. Also, rinse the quinoa before cooking it.