I don't have a legit name for this dish, but I figured the whole "one-pan" thing was pretty important. It is to me anyway! A healthy, fulfilling meal that requires minimal cleaning afterwards? It's a winner, for sure.
I was inspired by another recipe I found but I changed it up enough that I'm claiming it as my own now. This recipe will make about 4 servings. Here's what you'll need:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup quinoa
1 cup vegetable broth
1 can of rotel
1 cup corn kernels
2 bell peppers, diced
1-2 teaspoons chili powder (depending on how spicy you like things!)
Salt/Pepper to taste
Fresh chopped cilantro (I used a large handful, this is up to your taste buds as well!)
Heat the oil in a skillet (med-high) and add the garlic. Stir it a few minutes until your entire house smells of delicious garlic. Sidenote- Jared walked in while I was at this step and was SO excited about whatever I was making… I had to break it to him that it was only 2 ingredients so far ;)
Then dump in the quinoa, vegetable broth, rotel, corn, diced bell peppers and chili powder. Mix, mix, mix! Add the salt and pepper to taste. Resist sneaking a bite!
Bring your one-pan awesomness to a boil and then cover, reduce the heat and leave it alone until the quinoa is fully cooked. This should only be about 20ish minutes. Once the quinoa is cooked, stir in the lime juice and cilantro. Try not to go overboard on your lime juice and cilantro like I always do… but really, I can't get enough of those flavors. I mean, I could seriously just dive into this bag right now and be happy.
This was delicious by itself, and also served over a chopped up avocado for an even more filling meal! You really can't go wrong with this recipe and could substitute/add many things to make it fit your tastes! You could also add black beans, or diced jalapeno for an even spicier meal. While I'm trying my best to limit my dairy intake, I know a dollop of sour cream or some shredded cheese would taste delicious with this meal as well.
Save this recipe, make it soon and make it often!