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Fresh Mexican Quinoa Bowl

The perfect poolside meal - this mexi-quinoa bowl is full of flavor and healthy to boot!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 168kcal

Ingredients

INSTANT POT QUINOA

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 ¼ cups broth I prefer vegetable but any will work.

Fresh salad

  • 1 cucumber cut into small bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved (2 tomatoes)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1-2 lime
  • ¼ red onion diced
  • 1 chicken breast grilled and cubed
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • feta cheese as desired
  • grilled chicken breast

Instructions

QUINOA INSTANT POT OR STOVE TOP

  • Rinse quinoa for 1 min in cool water.
    FOR INSTANT POT: add 1 cup broth and 1 cup quinoa to instant pot. cook 1 minute high pressure and natural release for 4 minutes, then quick release.
    FOR STOVE TOP: In a medium saucepan on high heat put 1 cup quinoa and toast for about 5 minutes, constantly stirring. Add 2 cups water and bullion. Bring to a boil, and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  • When done, lay quinoa on double layer paper towels to let excess liquid drain off and cool.

SALAD INSTRUCTIONS

  • Chop all ingredients- tomatoes, cucumber, onion, cilantro and toss. Add lime juice over the top and toss again.
  • ADD in quinoa and toss. Slice chicken and serve to the sides of the salad.
  • When ready to serve cut up fresh avocado and add to salad.

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Notes

HOW SO I STORE THIS MEXICAN QUINOA BOWL? 

If you are meal prepping I would recommend not adding the avocado to the dish until serving. All the other ingredients can be combined but you do not want the avocado to turn brown. Store in  airtight containers. Meal prep containers like these are great for your daily meals. 
If you are storing leftovers and the avocado has been tossed in I recommend storing in an air tight container and keeping it in the refrigerator. If you think you will not eat it for a few days consider removing the avocado, the remainder of the ingredients should keep for 2 weeks. 

WHAT SUBSTITUTIONS CAN I USE FOR FETA CHEESE? 

If you are not a fan of feta cheese I recommend using a cojita cheese, or a queso fresco. OR another favorite is fresh mozzarella.

ARE THERE SHORTCUTS? 

YES! You can buy a fresh pico from your deli section and use that!
I love using this visalia onion chopper to make everything go SOO fast.
You can buy grilled chicken in your deli section too! OR make extra grilled chicken for dinner one night and save it for this bowl. 
 

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 448mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 353IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 2mg