Do you ever come up with a super creative menu for when you’re planning to have guests, but come the day of, you just can’t seem to have time to cook everything? Me too. It happens even if I’m not having guests. I like to bring something along with me when I’m invited for dinner. I often end up bringing cupcakes, because that’s what I’m known for among my friends and my family.
Cilantro lime quinoa is a really good side dish to bring for a dinner. It tastes special without requiring the effort of typical “special” food. I made a salad and a smoothie at the same time as I was making the quinoa. That’s how little effort it requires. You can even prepare ahead of time and soak the quinoa in the broth the night before to avoid having to cook it.
This turned out to be one of those dishes that I just couldn’t stop eating. I was planning to have it last me half the week, but I ended up eating it in two sittings. Oops!
Cilantro Lime Quinoa
1 cup quinoa
2 cups veggie broth
1 tbsp lime juice
1/3 cup cilantro
Rinse quinoa and drain. Place it in a medium saucepan with veggie broth and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low. I like to cook mine uncovered to allow some of the liquid to evaporate, making slightly crunchier quinoa. If you use low sodium broth, you may need to add a bit of salt, depending on your taste.
In the meantime, chop the cilantro and juice the lime.
When the quinoa has absorbed all the liquid, let it cool down a bit before adding the cilantro and lime juice. If you add everything in right away, the cilantro may wilt a bit.