“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius
It really doesn’t take much to make me happy. Open communication with God. The love of my husband and kids. Good friends and family around me. Health. Safety. Food. Food always makes me happy. And this quick and easy, gluten free Cilantro Lime Coconut Quinoa really makes me happy.
If you love cilantro lime rice from your favorite Mexican restaurant then you’ll love this! And you’ll especially love it if you’re following a grain-free paleo diet. This is a super yummy, super healthy, clean eating, dairy free, gluten free side. Perfect for taco Tuesday next to some gluten free Slow Cooker Carnitas or Chicken Fajitas!
2 cups quinoa, toasted
4 cups water + 1/4 tsp. salt or homemade gluten free chicken broth
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tbsp. coconut oil or olive oil
1/2 lime, juiced
1 green onion, sliced
Heat a large sauce pan and toss in dry quinoa. Lightly toast for a few minutes to bring out the nutty flavor and natural oils. Gently toss the quinoa to give them all a nice toasting. You’ll smell it when they’re ready. Then add your liquid and salt if using water. Stir in minced garlic and oil. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, put a lid on, and let it simmer for about 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. Squeeze in the lime juice, toss in some green onion, and fluff with a fork.
While the quinoa is cooking make the cilantro lime coconut guacamole dressing goodness.
2 ripe avocados, pitted and scooped out
1/2 lime juiced
1/2 tsp. sea salt
pepper to taste
4 tbsp. coconut milk
3-4 sprigs cilantro, roughly chopped
In a bowl combine the avocado, lime juice, salt, pepper, and coconut milk. Mash the avocado with a fork as you mix it all together. Stir in the cilantro.
Now pour the green goodness over the quinoa and stir to combine it all. Top with a little more cilantro and lime zest if you want. Serve it warm or cold.