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Southwest Chipotle Quinoa

Southwest Chipotle Quinoa recipe

A simple, nutritious dinner  that comes together in minutes and is sure to become a regular meal in your home.

  • Author: Dr. Rosane Oliveira
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
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  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano, dry
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin, ground
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup zucchini, diced
  • 3/4 cup sweet corn
  • 1 cup black beans, cooked, rinsed
  • Chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely diced, to taste
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 lime, juiced


  1. Add quinoa and two cups water to a saucepan. Stir in bay leaf, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, and cumin.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until all of the water has been absorbed.
  3. Remove bay leaf and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, place a saute pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Add onion and cook 2 minutes or until softened, then zucchini and cook 2 minutes or until softened.
  6. Add corn, black beans, and chipotle pepper and cook until heated through about 1 minute.
  7. Finally, add maple syrup and stir.
  8. Combine bean and vegetable mixture into quinoa saucepan.
  9. Squeeze the juice of one lime over the top and stir. Serve hot.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.