Southwestern Quinoa Bowl

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When I first discovered quinoa, I didn’t really know how to prepare it. Do I use it as a replacement for rice? Cook it up with a pork roast and veggies? I looked on Pinterest and saw some recipes that looked good, but I never actually tried them. (Am I the only one that pins tons of yummy recipes and never makes them?) Then one night, I was scrambling to come up with something for dinner and just started throwing things together. My hubby loves it when I do this (grin).

“Hey babe, what are we having for dinner?”
“Uh, some quinoa concoction.”

Yeah, the “oh.” means he’s not excited.
But it actually turned out pretty good! We eat it regularly and it’s super quick and easy, which is the best part, I think!

Southwestern Quinoa Bowl
I start by cooking quinoa per instructions on package but I use chicken broth instead of water for added flavor. While that is cooking, I saute diced chicken in olive oil and garlic.

Southwestern Quinoa Bowl: Chicken

As the quinoa is finishing cooking, I add the corn for a few minutes to heat it through (or you can steam it separately.) Then I combine all ingredients into a pot and heat through for a few minutes.

Southwestern Quinoa Bowl: Ingredients

And just like that, you have a hearty, healthy meal the whole family will love!

Southwestern Quinoa Bowl: Dinner

I usually end up with leftovers for lunch the next day too (bonus!)

Southwestern Quinoa Bowl: Finished

Southwestern Quinoa Bowl
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 10 oz bag of frozen corn
  • 1 16 oz container fresh salsa (or homemade is even better!)
  • 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 tsp garlic
  1. Cook quinoa per instructions on package using broth instead of water.
  2. Saute chicken in olive oil and garlic until cooked through.
  3. Steam corn and add it to the quinoa along with the cooked chicken, salsa, and drained black beans.
  4. Heat through and serve with a side of tortilla chips! Can top with ranch dressing if desired.


Kristen is a commercial/food photographer living in East TN with her hubby, two adorable kids and goldendoodle pup; lover of light, sweets, and all things natural and organic. You can follow her on Instagram.

2 Comments to Southwestern Quinoa Bowl

  1. I am on a total quinoa kick lately (our two year old calls it “fancy rice”) and I think my fam would love this!

    • Kristen

      I’m totally on a quinoa kick! It’s awesome ;)

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