Quinoa Taco Salad: A Gluten Free Delight

Written by Sami Sattva
Recipe Craft by Emily Marie
This is one tasty bowl of delicious! While you crave tacos – get your fix with this meatless, healthier dish instead. Seasoned just like a taco.

Quick and Easy dinner for 1. The ingredients will satisfy your taco craving without any shells. As always, modify anything you need with Vegan cheese and sour cream.
This recipe was put together by one of our Mindful girls, Emily Marie! Thank you for cooking for us ๐Ÿ™‚

Being sensitive to rice and gluten, quinoa is generally my go-to substitute. In my opinion, it tastes better plus it’s naturally gluten free which is always great!

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Nutritional Facts:

  • High in Fiber
  • Quinoa is the worldโ€™s most popular protein filled superfood
  • Quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach and tumbleweeds
  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Fiber: 5 grams
  • Manganese: 58% of the RDA
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA
  • Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA
  • Folate: 19% of the RDA
  • Copper: 18% of the RDA
  • Iron: 15% of the RDA
  • Zinc: 13% of the RDA
  • Potassium: 9% of the RDA
  • Over 10% of the RDA for Vitamins B1, B2 and B6
  • Small amounts of Calcium, B3 (Niacin) and Vitamin E
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Harvested Quinoa

 

Historical Facts:

  • Quinoa was an important crop for the Inca Empire back in the day. They referred to it as the โ€œmother of all grainsโ€ and believed it to be sacred
  • It has been consumed for thousands of years in South America, although it only became trendy and reached โ€œsuperfood statusโ€ a few years ago
  • Twenty years ago, NASA researchers declared quinoa the perfect in flight snack for astronauts on long-term missions because it is mineral-rich, gluten-free and contains all essential amino acids
  • The United Nations named 2013 The International Year of Quinoa, citing how its endurance and durability as a crop contributes to world food security
  • Resourceful Andean families would traditionally save this saponin-heavy wash water to use as shampoo.

 

VIDEO

Quinoa 101 – Video by Dani Spies – She explains all the basic essentials of Quinoa even how to cook it.

 

Amazing 101 lesson. Thanks Dani!

Everything about this dish is 100% gluten and dairy interchangeable, I love it! What’s your favorite quinoa dish? We would love to hear about it. Post it in the comments below, along with your blog URL so we can support and check you out!

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Quinoa Taco Salad
Serves 1
Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Organic - A delicious quinoa creation, perfect if you're craving tacos
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Organic Quinoa
  2. 1/2 Can Organic Sweet Corn
  3. 1/3 cup Fresh Organic Baby Spinach
  4. 1 tsp Taco Seasoning Blend
  5. 1 tsp Chili Powder
  6. 1/2 cup Organic shredded cheese
  7. 1/2 Raw organic avocado
  8. 1/3 cup Organic Sour Cream
  9. Hot Sauce/Salsa
  10. Salt & Pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa for about 20 minutes
  2. Combine cooked quinoa, corn, herbal seasoning and taco flavoring into a small saucepan
  3. Stir in spinach and cheese until leaves are slightly wilted and contents are thoroughly heated
  4. Remove from heat and stir in chili powder
  5. Place on plate and top with sour cream
  6. Place avocado slices on top and add salt, pepper and hot sauce/salsa to taste
  7. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Compliments well with a side of black beans!
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