Quinoa Black Bean Burrito Bowls

This recipe is a great vegetarian meal with a lot of protein from the black beans, Greek yogurt and quinoa, and healthy fats from the avocado.  I also went heavy on the tomato topping to add extra nutrition.  It was a happy moment for me when Dan asked for more “sour cream,” meaning I had successfully fooled him into eating Greek yogurt!  This really is a vegetarian meal that even a meat lover will be full after eating, remember protein is not just meat!!

Quinoa Black Bean Burrito Bowls slightly adapted from Prevention RD

Serves: 3-4

2 cups low sodium chicken broth (sub for water if vegetarian)
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 white onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped (if you like cilantro- add it in!)
2 tsp chili powder
pinch of cayenne
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice (I used the refrigerated bottle of lime juice)
2-3 plum tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup 2% cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 avocado, pitted and diced
1/4 cup pineapple salsa

10-15 blue corn tortilla chips (for dipping)


  1. Heat chicken broth (or water) in a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Add quinoa, stir, and return to a boil. Lower heat, cover, and simmer about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and cook until softened. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. Add black beans, half of cilantro, chili powder, cayenne, and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Reduce heat to low and keep warm until quinoa is finished.
  4. When the quinoa is fully cooked, remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  5. To assemble bowls, divide quinoa between three bowls. Top with black beans, tomatoes, yogurt, cheese, avocado, and salsa. Serve warm.

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