Posted: Jan 16, 2014 6:00 AM
Shelve the rice and its empty carbs and reach for quinoa instead for a healthy bowl, just bursting with flavor!

We all love the flavors of a burrito, but many of us have ditched the heavy tortilla in favor of a scoop of rice. Now, we're taking that one healthy step further and swapping out the rice with its empty calories in favor of nutrient-rich quinoa. Then, we're drizzling our bowl with fresh jalapeño-cilantro lime sauce for a protein-packed, flavorful meal that won't disappoint your family's taste buds!

Quinoa burrito bowl

Serves 4


  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups pinto beans
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 18-20 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 avocados
  • Sour cream (optional) 
  • Shredded Mexican blend cheese (never optional) 
  • Jalapeño-cilantro lime sauce (recipe below) 


  1. Place 1/2 cup of quinoa into each of the 4 bowls.
  2. Place 1/2 cup of both the pinto beans and the black beans atop the quinoa.
  3. Top with diced tomatoes, sliced avocados, shredded cheese and sour cream.
  4. Drizzle the jalapeño-cilantro lime sauce on top and enjoy!

Jalapeño-cilantro lime sauce


  • 4 jalapeños, seeded, deveined and cut into a small dice
  • 1 large bunch cilantro, (roughly 1-1/2 cups) 
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt to taste


  1. Place everything but the olive oil in a blender or food processor and process until the ingredients are roughly combined.
  2. With the blender or food processor running, add the olive oil, pouring in a slow, steady stream.
  3. Replace the cover and blend until the sauce is smooth enough to pour.
  4. Use immediately or refrigerate until ready to use.

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