Cowboy Quinoa

by HEAB on September 16, 2012

A quick meal idea for you.  Just ate this for lunch myself.

Inspired by Charlotte’s Cowboy Groats.


Cook grain of choice according to directions.  I used this sprouted rice and quinoa blend from Costco.  Threw a 1/2 cup in the rice cooker along with 1 1/2 cups water and hit on before heading out the door with Summer and The Bob while  Chris stayed home with the babies.

After our walk, Summer went down for a nap, and it was time for lunch.   I simply seasoned my rice and quinoa with the taco seasoning (used about 1 tsp).  Then stirred in a serving of canned beans and topped with chopped avocado…

and some plain Greek yogurt.

Easy, delicious, and filling.

Other variations: Sub cooked lentils, ground beef, or chopped rotisserie chicken for the beans.  Add canned tomatoes, roasted veggies, or shredded cheese.  Maybe top with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.  This would also make a great taco or burrito filling.



Jen @ Existential Evolution September 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

Oh this looks so tasty and easy! I haven’t seen that quinoa at my Costco:-(
I do love Trader Joe’s tri color quinoa!

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Jen, I’ve been meaning to try that tri-color quinoa from TJ’s. I’ve seen pictures, and it always looks so pretty. 🙂

Kath (My Funny Little Life) September 23, 2012 at 5:59 am

This looks delicious! 🙂

I hope you’re enjoying a happy weekend with your family, Heather!

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Thanks Kath! Hope you enjoyed your weekend as well. 🙂

STUFT Mama September 20, 2012 at 2:55 am

Love those packets from Costco. The boys love them too, but they’re MESSY for toddlers (in case you haven’t found out yet). 🙂 Not a fun clean up after dinner. Off to find out your squash tips. 🙂

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Clean up? That’s what our dogs are for. I guess Kitty isn’t into rice and quinoa scraps? 😉

Rachel September 19, 2012 at 8:34 am

Looks great! I married a cowboy (rides bulls) so I’ll make this & see how he likes it 🙂

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Oh wow, hope you both enjoyed it! 🙂

Caitlin @ livelovenyc September 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm

wow, what a gorgeous dish HEAB! i’m so impressed by the great photographs.
anything with avocado and/or greek yogurt is a perfect meal in my books!

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Thanks Caitlin. Finally had a little fun with my DSLR camera. It was getting jealous of Instagram. 😉

Jess September 18, 2012 at 8:35 pm

This looks awesome! And easy! Love Mexican food.

Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate September 18, 2012 at 10:12 am

This looks awesome!! And I love that you included beans and avocado! What a great way to boost both the flavor and fiber. I guess we all know what I’m going to have for dinner… thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Kati, you are welcome. It was a yummy combo if I do say so myself. 🙂

melissa September 17, 2012 at 8:24 pm

great idea! I must try this (and find that stuff at Costco!)

Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free September 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Sprouted rice and quinoa? ooooOoooOoo…I didn’t even know they made that! I don’t have my membership to costco anymore, though-boo! Maybe they sell it elsewhere?

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm

They do, and yes, I’m sure you can find it elsewhere. Probably at a local health food store. Haven’t looked, but I bet Whole Foods carries it too. Hope you find some soon. It’s yummy – love the texture!

Reba September 17, 2012 at 11:52 am

I found a packet of Trader Joe’s taco seasoning last night in my spice drawer… Can’t wait to make this. Thanks for the idea!

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

You are welcome. Hope you enjoyed it!

Tracy September 17, 2012 at 11:34 am

I’ve never seen that blend at Costco…definitely will be on the lookout!

Ever since TJ’s opened down the street last year, that taco seasoning has been my choice for tacos. It’s pretty strong though. I usually use one packet for 2 lbs ground beef as opposed to 1 lb. per the directions. I love the idea of using just a teaspoon to season!

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I know. Even with just a tsp, my mouth was on fire!

Rosa September 17, 2012 at 10:42 am

Ooh, I actually was planning on making chili this week–maybe I should make it and serve over quinoa? This looks delish.

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I hope you did! Love me some chili over quinoa. 🙂

Cari Ann @ Insane for Sandwiches September 17, 2012 at 10:31 am

That sounds so good and so simple! I love TJ, but have never checked out their taco seasoning, i may have to purchase some next time. Thanks for the idea!

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Cari Ann, you’re welcome. The TJ’s taco seasoning is good. I love that it doesn’t contain any funky ingredients, but beware, it packs some heat!

Melissa George September 17, 2012 at 8:46 am

This looks so delicious! Perfect recipe – quick, easy and yummy! Thanks for another great one, Heather!

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Melissa, you’re welcome. Enjoy! 🙂

Emily September 17, 2012 at 8:36 am

This looks delicious!! Yum Yum.

Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count September 17, 2012 at 8:05 am

That sounds so good and easy! I really need to break open the box on the rice cooker I bought over a year ago. No counter space makes it an issue, but I should do it regardless. Thanks for the idea, Heather!

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I love my rice cooker but definitely keep it hidden when not in use. Can’t stand a cluttered counter either!

katie @KatieDid September 17, 2012 at 7:06 am

you took out the camera, yay! Looks gorgeous, and filling 🙂

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Aww, thanks for noticing Katie. 🙂

lindsay September 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm

have you tried cultured sour cream? You just might be in heaven with it, especially on top of this goodness!

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Nope, but a friend has been telling me I need to try it for at least a year now. Problem is we go through A LOT of sour cream. CD eats it on everything, and so we buy it in bulk at Costco. So, might have to sneak myself a little bit of the cultured stuff into the fridge. 😉

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

This looks like the perfect filling lunch! LOVE!

Charlotte September 16, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Love it! We had a variation on this last night – how funny:) Your pics are 1000 times prettier than mine!

Averie @ Averie Cooks September 16, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I never even knew TJs had taco seasoning. Where have I been!

I love the pop of the bright green avocado on this rustic looking quinoa…mmmm, delish, Heather!

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm

That taco seasoning packs some heat. Beware! I always think of you when I give my avocados a color boost. 🙂

Sarah September 16, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Totally making this. Giddyup!

Lou September 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Yum yum YUMMO. My favourite flavour combos right there…. sounds just the ticket for a hungry Mama 😉

Bree September 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Exactly the type of meal I need for crazy weeks! Wait that’s every week…Thanks for posting, I think I am going to make it tomorrow.

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Ha, I hear ya! Hope you enjoyed the recipe. 🙂

Jamee September 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm

That looks awesome and sooooo easy! (especially when you shop where I shop and I don’t have to buy special ingredients at a specialty store). Thanks, Heather! As always you are an inspiration.

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm

You are welcome. All about the quick, easy, and simple these days. No time for multiple grocery stores! Hope you enjoy the recipe. 🙂

HEAB September 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm

P.S. Thank YOU. Kind words. 🙂

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

This looks perfect! Love me some quinoa and I love being able to sub beans or meat for our varied diets in this house. YUM!

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance September 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I love meals like this! Basic ingredients, a little seasoning, stir it all together and the result is so satisfying. And it’s totally versatile for whatever you have on hand. Love it. 🙂

kathleen @ the daily crumb September 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm

this looks delicious! i will have to look out for that rice and quinoa blend – sounds yummy.

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