Cilantro Lime Quinoa is fluffy quinoa mixed with cilantro & lime juice is light, zesty, & full of flavor. Great for burrito bowls! Weight Watchers friendly- 3 SmartPoints!
Burrito bowls are one of my favorite quick dinners to make. Who needs to go out to Chipotle and buy a burrito bowl when you can just make one at home! My Cilantro Lime Quinoa is the perfect addition to a burrito bowl or as a side for any dish! Fluffy quinoa mixed with fresh cilantro and lime juice is light, zesty, and full of flavor. This is a Weight Watchers friendly recipe and half a cup is 3 SmartPoints.
Chipotle has one of the best restaurant concepts ever. You go in and get to make your own burrito, or burrito bowl, based on all the ingredients they have to offer. I feel like every time I go, my burrito bowl is different from the time before… which I love! What I also love about Chipotle is the fact that you can eat there, get amazing delicious food, and still be within daily Weight Watchers points.
A while back, I worked in Human Resources at a restaurant chain that was similar to Chipotle. My first two weeks on the job, I got to train at an actual restaurant and learn the ins and outs of how all of the delicious food is made. It was HEAVEN. I learned so much and had tons of fun. That is really the inspiration for this Cilantro Lime Quinoa recipe. After working at a restaurant, I learned that I can easily make burrito bowls at home. Now, don’t get me wrong…. I still love going to the burrito restaurants because they have options that I just don’t feel like making at home!
Rather than using rice, I decided to turn the restaurant cilantro lime rice into cilantro lime quinoa. Quinoa is one of my favorite food ever to eat and I honestly like it more than rice! It has less carbs, less fat, and it’s delicious. When I make this, I like to serve the quinoa as a side for grilled chicken, or as the base of a burrito bowl. I pretty much always have quinoa, cilantro, and limes on hand so I can make this in a jiffy!
To a pot, add quinoa and water.
Bring pot to a bowl, then reduce heat to simmer, cover, and let cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and fluff the quinoa with a fork.
To the quinoa, add fresh chopped cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Mix well and serve!
The perfect addition to a burrito bowl or as a side for any dish! 3 SmartPoints for half a cup!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!
Cilantro Lime Quinoa
- 1 Cup Uncooked Quinoa, Rinsed
- 2 Cups Water
- ½ Cup Cilantro
- Juice from 1 Lime
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- Add quinoa and water to a pot and bring to a boil.
- Reduced heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Fluff quinoa with a fork.
- Add lime juice and cilantro.
- Season with salt.
- Mix well and serve.
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