Quinoa Tacos

So I’ve been thinking about making this all week so when I finally had enough time to do it, I was super excited! I love tacos, the ones with beef mince or chicken, but sometimes you just feel like something a little lighter for lunch. Also, who really knows what  is in the store bought taco shells anyway! If you’re looking for a healthier taco variation, I’ve got one for you! This recipe is also vegan and glutenfree for those with special dietary requirements!

Quinoa Tacos (serves 1)

What you’re going to need

1/2 cup quinoa

1 cup water

1 baby cos lettuce (I used 5 leaves)

1/2 avocado, diced

1 tomato, diced

1 tin corn kernels (75g)

Taco seasoning (if you don’t have all the spices , you can use a premixed one or substitute ingredients with ones that you do have)

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon chilli powder

salt and pepper


1. To prepare the quinoa, place the quinoa and water in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to the boil. Whilst the saucepan is coming to the boil, prepare your taco seasoning

2. Once water has boiled, turn down the heat to a simmer and place 1 teaspoon of the seasoning into the saucepan. Stir until well combined, then cook covered until the water has evaporated (about 10 minutes). Stir every few minutes to make sure the seasoning is well distributed through the quinoa

3. Whilst the quinoa is cooking, prepare your salsa by combining the corn, avocado and tomato in a small bowl.

4. Place 5 lettuces leaves on a plate and when quinoa is ready, spoon a heaped tablespoon into each leave. Top with the salsa and voila!

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