We are kind of obsessed with quinoa in our home. We've been eating it for years because it's what you call "a complete protein" which means it contains 9 essential amino acids and is packed with protein (like 8g per cooked cup). It's also super versatile because you can serve it hot or cold, sweet, savory or even spicy. Lucy (our picky eater) even loves it! So it really isn't any surprise that we like to use it all kinds of meals. One of our favorites is quinoa tacos.
1 cup cooked quinoa
Shredded cabbage or lettuce
Chopped tomatoes or red peppers
Your favorite hot sauce or salsa
Homemade taco seasoning:
1 tsp Chili powder
1/2 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Garlic powder
1/4 Onion powder
1/4 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Smoked paprika
1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
Remember you can always customize the heat of your seasoning by adding more or less chili powder, cumin and pepper.
Cook the quinoa according to directions.
Stir the taco seasoning into the quinoa while it's warm.
If you want the quinoa crispy (or to resemble the consistency of taco meat), spread it on a greased baking sheet and bake for about 20-30 minutes at 375 degrees.
If you prefer your quinoa to be soft and fluffy, simply add it to you tacos once you've added the spice.
NOTE: This zesty quinoa is yummy on top or nachos, in a burrito or tossed into a scramble!
Warm up the tortillas, grab your favorite toppings and built yourself a taco!