Quinoa Taco Bowls with Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

Rating:

Total Time:

35 minutes

Difficulty:

Easy

Earlier this week on Insta-stories you guys BEGGED for easy lunches! So as your knight in shining armor, here I am, with Quinoa Taco Bowls!

Quinoa Taco Bowls from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

It’s part bowl / part protein / part salad and it’s pretty damn good if I say so myself. So it’s everything you could possibly want in a meal.

There’s very little prep actually involved. It’s just making the taco meat, prepping a salsa/sauce and then chopping some stuff up and throwing it in a bowl. Simple right? It can all be prepped ahead on Sunday nights and then you can assemble them for the week. Add avocado in the morning before you take off for work and your lunch situation will NOT be boring!!

The taco meat can be made with ground turkey or ground chicken so we’re still keeping it lean. The Tomatillo salsa is out of this world and you’ll want to keep it on hand for most things. Chicken, fish, rice, quinoa, pasta, a bowl of beans… it makes anything into a show stopper! Make it, you WILL NOT be disappointed! It’ll be on your weekly rotation forever and ever and you’ll be outta your lunch rut in no time flat.

Quinoa Taco Bowls

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Description:

A healthy version of a taco bowl loaded with quinoa, taco meat, plenty of cheese and the best tomatillo avocado salsa ever.

By:
Gaby Dalkin
Rating:
Servings:
4
Prep Time:
15 minutes
Cook Time:
20 minutes
Total Time:
35 minutes
Course:
Cuisine:

Ingredients

For the meat:

  • ¾ pound ground turkey or chicken
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning

For the Bowls :

  • 2 cups thinly shredded Romaine Lettuce
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup Pico de Gallo
  • ½ cup freshly grated colby jack cheese
  • 2 ears of corn shucked and corn sliced off the cob
  • 2 avocados diced
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • cilantro leaves
  • A few tablespoons red onion chopped or sliced
  • 1 cup black beans rinsed and drained

For the Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

  • 1 pound tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 1/2 jalapeno, you can remove the seeds if you want, or leave them in for an extra kick
  • 1 small yellow onion, quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

For the meat:

  • Place a medium skillet over medium high heat and add the olive oil. Add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds more. Add the ground chicken or turkey and continue to cook for 6-7 minutes until fully cooked. Add the taco seasoning and a few tablespoons of water and reduce heat to low. Simmer the mixture for 5 minutes while you assemble the bowls.

For the Bowls

  • Divide the quinoa amongst 4 bowls and top with piles of the meat, romaine, pico, cheese, corn, avocado, green onions, cilantro, red onion, black beans and a dollop of the avocado dressing. Season with salt and pepper and serve as needed.

For the Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Remove the husks from the tomatillos. Rinse under warm water well and wipe clean. Cut the tomatillos in half and place into a baking pan with the onions and jalapeno. Roast for 20 minutes until they are tender. Remove and set aside to cool.
  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and pulse for 1-2 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add a few tablespoons of water if needed until it’s smooth like a salad dressing. Serve as needed. Keeps in an air tight container for up to 5 days.
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29 comments

  1. Quinoa Taco Bowls with Tomatillo Avocado Salsa – Recipe Land

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  2. Casey

    This looks awesome. Dumb question… is it best served at room temp? If so, when should one take it out of the office fridge? Should it be heated up in the microwave? And in that case, shall we keep everything except the quinoa/beans/meat separate until after heating, and then assemble? I wanna maximize What’s Gaby Cooking greatness here!

    • Gaby

      Just responded but pasting it here so you get the answer too! xoxo

      If I’m really going for gold, I’ll combine everything EXCEPT the ground meat. Heat up the meat, add it to the rest, and then its mostly at room temp but the meat is warm!!

    • Gaby

      late response – SORRY!!! If I’m really going for gold, I’ll combine everything EXCEPT the ground meat. Heat up the meat, add it to the rest, and then its mostly at room temp but the meat is warm!!

  3. Monique

    That is one very sexy looking bowl! This recipe is going on the to-do list this week. I would enjoy it (immensely) for lunch.

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  7. Cadence

    My husband isn’t a quinoa fan (gasp) so I’m going to make this for a dinner and use cauli rice for my base. Hope it turns out. Looks delicious!

  8. Jane

    I enjoy your recipes and would like to try this one. Where is the recipe for the avocado Tomatillo salsa?

    • Gaby

      ah!! sorry about that – the link wasn’t working! Just added it to the recipe box! xoxo

  9. Kristen

    This recipe looks amazing! I will be making this for lunch for sure. Random question, is there anyway to tell on your website if you have a video of a recipe you posted on either instagram or Youtube? I feel like I may have seen you make this on instagram and would love to watch it again before I make it. Just wondering if there was any easy way to tell (like a link to the instagram video or youtube video) before heading to instagram and spending a bunch of time looking for something that isn’t there. Thanks!

    • Gaby

      ah!! sorry about that – the link wasn’t working! Just added it to the recipe box! xoxo

    • Gaby

      ah!! sorry about that – the link wasn’t working! Just added it to the recipe box! xoxo

    • Gaby

      ah!! sorry about that – the link wasn’t working! Just added it to the recipe box! xoxo

    • Gaby

      ah!! sorry about that – the link wasn’t working! Just added it to the recipe box! xoxo