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Easy One Pot Beefy Quinoa

Ground beef and quinoa come together with some Mexican favorites for this one-pot wonder. In just half an hour, you can whip up an easy-to-clean dish that will please palates of all ages.

Life has been crazy busy in my house as we transition seasons and school schedules. My oldest just started preschool, and the daily drop-off and pick-up is a bit more of an ordeal than I expected! By the end of a busy workday I am SPENT and in dire need of some powerful protein in a hurry. This has become my go-to meal for when the family wants food fast. It's my own healthy take on the traditional beef-and-rice casserole, with quinoa subbing in for a more hearty meal.

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Beefy Quinoa Skillet Recipe

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth or water
  • 2 tsp Tajin
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat and cook garlic and onion for one minute.
  2. Add beef and cook until brown. Drain excess fat.
  3. Stir in quinoa, chicken broth and Tajin and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  4. Garnish with avocado, tomatoes, basil and sour cream and serve immediately.

My sons are big fans of ground beef (or "taco meat" as they call it, even when it's in lasagna or burgers). The sour cream is an added bonus for them, and I occasionally set out ketchup or mild salsa so they can dress up their own dish even more. When all else fails and you're having a fussy mealtime, condiments can save the day!

In case your kids won't eat avocados or tomatoes, you can simply serve their portion before adding that part. Your little ones aren't a fan of onions? Leave them out and toss them on top, raw, before serving to adults for an added crunch! The base of this meal—quinoa and beef—is a hit with people of all ages. The Tajin packs a flavor punch without too much spiciness, so the whole family can enjoy. If you prefer to kick things up a notch, drizzle your serving with a little hot sauce.

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If your family isn't a fan of Mexican dishes, swap in some rosemary and oregano in place of Tajin for an Italian spin. You can even top it with tomato sauce and cheese. In the mood for Indian? Try it with curry. With healthy grains and meat, you can go in numerous directions.

Versatile and easy, dinner is done!

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