Heart Healthy Recipe: Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Published: Friday, April 14, 2023
Anna Biggins, MPH, RDN, LD
Cardiology Dietitian

Quinoa is a great side for just about any dish. Plus, it’s great for your heart! Packed with nutrients like protein and antioxidants, it’s a great low-fat option to add to your lunch or dinner. Be sure to include this in next week’s meal planning!


Prep Time: 5 minutes  
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 6


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper, as desired
  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium sized pot over medium heat.
  3. Add in the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add in the quinoa and stir constantly for 1 minute.
  5. Add the water, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Stir. Place lid on the pot and bring to a boil.
  6. Once it reaches a boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed.
  7. Turn off the heat and let rest for another 10 minutes with the lid on.
  8. Fluff quinoa with a fork and fold in the zest and juice of 1 lime, and the chopped cilantro.
  9. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

  • Serving Size: ½ cup cooked
  • Calories: 128
  • Total fat: 4 grams
  • Saturated fat: 0.5 gram
  • Trans fat: 0 grams
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
  • Sodium: 30 milligrams
  • Total Carbohydrate: 19 grams
  • Dietary Fiber: 2 grams
  • Added Sugar: 0 grams
  • Protein: 4 grams

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