Pineapple Coconut Quinoa

Enjoy this Pineapple Coconut Quinoa  alone or as a side dish to grilled chicken or fish.   The combo of flavors here is light and summery and fresh and luscious. And served with juicy ripe mango… amazing!

Enjoy this Pineapple Coconut Quinoa alone or as a side dish to grilled chicken or fish. The combo of flavors here is light and summery and fresh and luscious

FLAVORED QUINOA

This flavored quinoa is cooked in coconut milk and pineapple juice and has an incredible tropical flavor.   Serve it plain, it’s delicious on its own, or toss in chunks of juicy ripe mango, some cilantro and red onion to make it extra special.  It’s a perfect side dish to serve with grilled chicken and fish.

Enjoy this Pineapple Coconut Quinoa alone or as a side dish to grilled chicken or fish. The combo of flavors here is light and summery and fresh and luscious

Quinoa has a nutty flavor that tends to be a little on the blah tasting side of things.  For those of you who are not in love with quinoa for this very reason, I hope you try this flavored quinoa, it just might change your mind about things.  My favorite way to serve this coconut quinoa is tossed with a simple mango salsa.   If you’re making this quinoa side dish to go with grilled chicken or fish, you can serve it plain, but I suggest you also serve it with a mango salsa on the side.  Either way – mango salsa mixed in this coconut quinoa or mango salsa served on the side… just be sure to get a bite of this tropical quinoa with a bite of mango.  It has an incredible exotic tropical taste!

COCONUT QUINOA RECIPE

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • mango salsa (optional)

HOW TO MAKE COCONUT QUINOA

When making this coconut quinoa, the key is to simmer on low heat for about 17-20 minutes, then when most of the liquids have absorbed, but the top of the quinoa may still look a little moist, turn the heat off. Leave the lid on and set aside for a good 10 to 15 minutes for the quinoa to fully absorb the rest of the liquids. Resist the urge to remove the lid and stir the quinoa at this point. Be patient. Then when the liquids have completely been absorbed by the quinoa, you can lightly fluff with a fork. And taste test of course!

  1. Heat the pineapple juice and coconut milk in a saucepan over medium low heat.
  2. Add the quinoa and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low.  Add the vanilla and lime juice.
  3. Place lid on pan and simmer on low for about 17 to 20 minutes or until most of the liquid has absorbed, but still a little moist on top.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside for about 10-15 minutes to allow the quinoa to absorb the rest of the liquids.
  5. Lightly fluff with a fork.
  6. Toss with mango salsa (optional)
  7. Serve with lime wedges.

MANGO SALSA RECIPE

  • 1 cup chopped mango
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 2 limes, juiced

HOW TO MAKE MANGO SALSA

  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Refrigerate before serving.

 

Enjoy this Pineapple Coconut Quinoa alone or as a side dish to grilled chicken or fish. The combo of flavors here is light and summery and fresh and luscious

Enjoy this Pineapple Coconut Quinoa alone or as a side dish to grilled chicken or fish. The combo of flavors here is light and summery and fresh and luscious

BENEFITS OF QUINOA

Quinoa is a rich source of protein, iron, fiber, antioxidants and it contains a plethora of other beneficial phytonutrients? It’s actually one of the most protein rich foods we can eat. And it contains all 9 essential amino acids.

Enjoy this Pineapple Coconut Quinoa alone or as a side dish to grilled chicken or fish. The combo of flavors here is light and summery and fresh and luscious

EASY QUINOA RECIPES

 

Enjoy this Pineapple Coconut Quinoa  alone or as a side dish to grilled chicken or fish
Yield: 4 servings

Pineapple Coconut Quinoa

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Enjoy this Pineapple Coconut Quinoa alone or as a side dish to grilled chicken or fish. The combo of flavors here is light and summery and fresh and luscious. And served with juicy ripe mango... amazing!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • mango salsa (optional)

Mango Salsa

  • 1 cup chopped mango
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced
  • 2 limes, juiced

Instructions

  1. Heat the pineapple juice and coconut milk in a saucepan over medium low heat.
  2. Add the quinoa and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low.  Add the vanilla and lime juice.
  3. Place lid on pan and simmer on low for about 17 to 20 minutes or until most of the liquid has absorbed, but still a little moist on top.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside for about 10-15 minutes to allow the quinoa to absorb the rest of the liquids.
  5. Lightly fluff with a fork.
  6. Serve with lime wedges.
For the Mango Salsa
  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Refrigerate before serving.

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