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There seems to be a new obsession with short food videos on social media, especially Facebook. Videos made by Tasty, Buzzfeed, and Tip Hero are bringing food porn to a whole new level.
We like and share them thinking, “What a great idea. I need to try this,” but rarely follow through and make it.
Then I saw this pin for One Pan Mexican Quinoa also make it onto my Pinterest feed, and I knew it was time to put it to the test. Here’s the video.
This recipe video is by Tip Hero, but they gave the inspiration credit to Chungah of Damn Delicious. I’ve tested her Egg Salad BLTA Sandwich and Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli and both got great results. This made me more confident in the probability of success.
The ingredients are straight forward and easy to find.
Sauté the aromatics, then add the beans, corn, and tomatoes.
Then add the quinoa, seasonings, and broth.
Cover and cook for 20 minutes and it’s done.
This was going to be served with diced avocado as the recipe suggested, but the one we got was over-ripe so we had to throw it out. Here’s how it looked without any toppings.
This has a bonus of being super healthy without trying hard. Don’t be scared to try it even though it’s vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. It’s also versatile. You can change or add more veggies, switch the broths, play with toppings; make it your own.
***UPDATE 08/17/2016*** I’ve had several questions about quinoa from those who aren’t familiar with this ancient grain. Marry Spencer of Health & Fitness Shop has a great article, 7 Health Benefits of Quinoa, that answers many of the questions. For example; it’s high in fiber, nutrient rich, great for gluten intolerance, helps with weight loss and diabetes, and more. In other words, it’s packed with all kinds of goodness.
OVERALL RESULTS: 4.85 Pins
Accuracy: This recipe was as delicious, easy, and fast as the video showed. 5 Pins.
Difficulty: This is an easy recipe with little cutting/chopping. Using canned beans and veggies really simplified things. However, using jalapenos or other hot peppers requires caution as the juices can cause burning to your skin or eyes. Many sources say to always wear rubber gloves when seeding and chopping hot peppers. Because of this, I’m giving it 4 Pins.
***UPDATE: 07/28/2017*** I substituted a small can of green chilies instead of the jalapeno (because it’s what I had on hand) and it turned out great. choose your preferred heat level and just add it in with the tomatoes. EASY!
Time: This took less than 30 minutes from start to finish. It required minimal prep work, and most of the time was just for simmering. 5 Pins
Cost: Most of the ingredients are less than a dollar. At $9.50 for 30-oz, the quinoa was the most expensive ingredient, but I only needed 3 out of 29 quarter-cup servings, and that’s less than a dollar for the quinoa. Total cost was less than $2/serving. 5 Pins
Practicality: When I served this, HH ate two bites and gave it a thumbs up. He ate two more bites and gave it two thumbs up. This is fast, easy, healthy and delicious. It’s a perfect dinner for busy weeknights. 5 Pins