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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 8
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 416.3
  • Total Fat: 9.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 232.7 mg
  • Total Carbs: 71.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 10.5 g
  • Protein: 14.0 g

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Healthy Vegan Alternative to Spanish Rice Healthy Vegan Alternative to Spanish Rice
Number of Servings: 8


    2 cups dry quinoa
    4 cups water
    15 oz can of corn (about 2 cups), drained
    15 oz can of black beans (pinto would work well too), drained
    4 oz can of nacho sliced jalapenos, drained
    1 cup chunky salsa, of choice
    2 tbsp olive oil
    1 tbsp lemon juice (or lime juice)
    1/4 tsp cumin
    1 tsp garlic powder
    1 tsp onion powder
    1 tsp red pepper flakes
    1 tsp dried oregeno (or 1 tbsp fresh)
    Salt and Pepper to taste
    Optional add-ins:
    1/2 cup diced bell pepper
    1/2 cup finely diced red onion
    1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
    extra chopped tomatoes


In a sauce pot, bring water to boil. Add quinoa, return to boil, then reduce heat and cover to cook, about 10-12 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed. Fluff with a fork, cover and let sit another ten minutes. While quinoa is cooking you can mix all the other ingredients together in a large bowl. When quinoa is ready, mix it into the other ingredients and serve. Tastes great as a hot dish, but even better the next day after all of the flavors have really melded together! Makes about 8 servings.

Number of Servings: 8

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user BETTYVEGGIE.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    Very Good
    The only change I made was to exclude the olive oil. It was very good. I did add the cilantro, onions and a chopped tomato. It will make a good salad type side cold as well. - 10/11/13

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    Very Good
    Incredible flavor! Got my family to try something new too! Excellent as a side dish or as just a meal. This does make a lot, so the suggestions to cut it in half are wise. - 4/17/09

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    This was okay...seemed to make a lot and we got tired of eating it before the leftovers were gone. I'd recommend cutting the recipe in half unless you have a crowd to feed! - 8/25/08

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    I had to halve the recipe because I had only 1 cup of quinoa on hand. Easy to do! This is an excellently flavored meal. - 3/8/08