Gluten Free Cilantro Lime Coconut Quinoa

 "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 family. Good friends and family around me. Health. Safety. Food. Food always makes me happy. 

If you love cilantro lime rice from your favorite Mexican restaurant then you'll love this! Perfect for taco Tuesday next to some Slow Cooker Carnitas or Chicken Fajitas

Cilantro Lime Coconut Quinoa


  • 2 cups quinoa, toasted
  • 4 cups water + 1/4 tsp. salt or homemade 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.



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Monday, 23 September 2019

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Melissa Moore has spent years researching and implementing nutritionally-based approaches to health and wellness. Her lifelong love of food and health evolved from a hobby to a passion when her daughter was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease.

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