Cilantro, lime and scallions lend a bright finish to delicate quinoa. This versatile side pairs well with seafood, poultry or pork.

Patsy Jamieson
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Toast quinoa in a large dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until it crackles and becomes aromatic, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a fine sieve and rinse thoroughly.

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  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chiles and garlic; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the quinoa and broth; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed, 20 to 25 minutes.

  • Add pepitas, cilantro, scallions, lime juice and salt to the quinoa; mix gently and fluff with a fork.

Tips

Notes: Quinoa, a delicately flavored grain that was a staple in the ancient Incas' diet, is available in most natural-foods stores and the natural-foods sections of many supermarkets. Toasting the grain before cooking enhances the flavor, and rinsing removes any residue of saponin, quinoa's natural, bitter protective coating.

Hulled pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are dusky green and have a delicate nutty flavor. They can be found in the health-food or bulk sections of many supermarkets.

To toast nuts & seeds on the stovetop: Toast in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

169.9 calories; protein 7.2g 14% DV; carbohydrates 23.1g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 3.3g 13% DV; sugars 2.7g; fat 6g 9% DV; saturated fat 0.8g 4% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 266.3IU 5% DV; vitamin c 12.4mg 21% DV; folate 79.1mcg 20% DV; calcium 37.9mg 4% DV; iron 2.3mg 13% DV; magnesium 94.1mg 34% DV; potassium 355.3mg 10% DV; sodium 330mg 13% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 14% DV.

Reviews (17)

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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 3 stars
10/02/2018
Will not make it again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/17/2015
Quinoa's great! I add it to bread stuffing to make it healthier. I really enjoyed this recipe as a hot side vegetable. The toasted pepitas really took it over the top. Even better was eating it the next day cold like a salad. I mixed in some left over chicken fajita and a dollop of creamy poppy seed salad dressing. It would probably be good with Ranch Dressing too. I enjoyed the crunch of the chopped iceberg lettuce and bite-sized pieces of chicken caramelized onions and peppers. I'd serve it hot too minus the lettuce. Another way I might use this recipe is to stuff it in a chili with a chunk of Monterey Jack cheese...Chili Rellenos style. Thanks for this very versatile recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2014
Loved it! I thought all the flavors were amazing. I love cilantro and I love the pepitas. In my family these ingredients get used quite often so adding it to the quinoa seemed like a no brainer. I will be making this over and over again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/20/2013
This was good! This was really good. I only had about a half cup of cilantro on hand and used just 1 tablespoon of lime juice. I love cilantro and I think 1/2 cup was ok. I added a can of canned shrimp it was great! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
09/06/2012
Too much lime I'm not a fan of cilantro so I only used 3T chopped cilantro. For me that was still way too much. The lime was very overpowering as well. Next time I'd do this with chopped spinach and cut the lime by half. The toasted pepitas were a great addition though! Pros: Loved the green chiles and toasted pepitas. Cons: Way too much lime. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/10/2012
love it! Love this recipe! I didn't have any canned chilies and used pickled jalapenos instead. Great in a wrap with goat cheese and spring mix with a little salad dressing. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2012
This has become one of our regulars. This quinoa recipe is so amazing. My fiance really likes quinoa but this is the first recipe he has requested over and over. We both love it and I'm sure it will be a regular for us for years to come. I often make double batches. Pros: Easy affordable and pairs well with so many things. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2011
My husband likes it! Quinoa is on my husband's list of foods he only eats under protest. I like it so I keep trying to find preparations to change his mind. This is the first one that worked. I honestly think he only really likes it because of the green chilies but regardless Mr. Anti-Quinoa LIKES it! The pumpkin seeds definitely add some nice flavor and texture. This recipe does make quite a bit so we can often have it as a side at dinner a couple of nights and then still have some for a main-dish at lunch. I like that it doesn't take long to make. Pros: great flavors easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
It's not really low-calorie but it tastes great! A perfect blend of flavors! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Great with a can of black beans drained and stirred in. Good for packed lunches. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
i like it Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I absolutely loved this recipe and added it to my recipe collection - it's a keeper. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
I was nervous about this recipe at first. I'm not usually one to rush into a can of green chilies. BUT I wanted to do something with the quinoa in my pantry and we were having chipotle-encrusted tilapia for dinner. So I needed something Latin. This dish was amazing. I was tempted to just add all the lime juice I got from one lime but gratefully stuck to the recipe. The amount was perfect and would have been overpowering otherwise. I didn't have the pumpkin seeds but didn't miss them. And had I seen the comment about the black beans I would have definitely added them. For a total shot in the dark this was a fantastic dish. The two friends I had over agreed! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Awesomeeee recipe!!! The only problem is that the lime you can put in is pretty touchy. Mine came out tasting too limey but that was my only complaint- so easy and so good for you!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
How many grams in two thirds of a cup.I have seen this often. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Great Protein Dish Who cares about the calories when you have all that protein! Great dish that is so versitile to add meat or other veggies etc -- love the texture of quinoa and always looking for new recipes. I thought this was a little blah-second time I made it used 1/2 cup white wine and 1cup broth only 1.5tbs lime juice 4-5 shakes of the garlic salt 3 shakes of paprika and cayenne pepper. Not too hot but added a nice flavor. Also don't skip the toasting part of the pepitos - really makes a difference. Could sub w/pecans walnuts etc. Pros: quick easy ingredient list very versitile Cons: little bland Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Flavorful I am not a huge fan of grains but I have to admit that this was very flavorful. One of my favorite ingredients in this recipe was the toasted pepitas. They were a great addition to this recipe. This recipe made more than three of us could eat so next time I would definitely cut it in half. Read More