Spicy and Tangy Quinoa

October 23, 2017 by Jenny Melrose

Spicy and Tangy Quinoa

A quick make-ahead snack that you eat instead of a bag of chips. This spicy and tangy quinoa is ready in 20 minutes

Spicy and Tangy quinoa

Hello, I am Rini from Healing Tomato and I have an idea for a very quick and simple healthy snack idea that you can eat without feeling guilty.

Does this sound familiar to you?

I am one of those people who will reach for a bag of chips when:

✅ I need some comfort food

✅ I have a particularly difficult problem that is proving hard to solve

✅ I just need something to munch on while I am working at my desk

✅ I need a snack

I can’t tell you how many times I have felt guilty for going through half a bag of chips within minutes of opening the bag. The chips did provide a momentary pleasure, but, they didn’t resolve any problems.


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With the comfort food feeling, the inevitable crash always followed. I quickly felt tired and sleepy soon after consuming those chips.

The first step is always admitting that I have a problem right? So, I finally resolved to do something about it.

Getting to the bottom of the issue wasn’t that hard. My problem is that I need a snack that is ready to go when I need it. This is why the chips were so convenient. Cereal bars and snack bars were never enough to help with the snacking pangs

Now that I knew what my problem was, I just needed to find the right kind of snack.

When I did a fajita meal prep recipe for quinoa, I realized that I really loved them for lunch and dinner. This meant that they would make the perfect snack too.

I mixed pineapple and jalapeno together which just happens to be my favorite pizza topping combo. For the quinoa, I went with white and red quinoa that cooked in less than 10 minutes

To bring it all together, I added taco seasoning which added a little spice to the snack.


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Once the quinoa has cooled down, I put them into small half pint mason jars (8 oz) and refrigerate them. They are good for up to a week and they took very little effort on my part.

That’s all! In under 20 minutes, I have a delicious snack that will last me for 5 days. I have dipped pita chips in it and even put it into small tortillas.

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Spicy Tangy Quinoa

A quick make-ahead snack that you eat instead of a bag of chips. This spicy and tangy quinoa is ready in 20 minutes

Course Snack
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Author Rini


  • 1 8 oz can crushed pineapple (drain the juice from it but do not discard)
  • 2/3 cup white quinoa (uncooked)
  • 2/3 cup red quinoa (uncooked)
  • 1.5 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1.5 tsp ginger (finely grated)
  • 1 Jalapeno (finely diced)
  • 1/4 cup alapeno (finely diced)
  • 1.5 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • Cilantro (for garnish, optional)


  1. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil

  2. Add both quinoa and cook for about 10 minutes or until they are soft

  3. While the quinoa are cooking, add the oil to a stainless steel pan

  4. After heating on medium heat for 30 seconds, add the onions and ginger

  5. Let the onions soften (about 3 minutes) before adding the jalapeno

  6. Cook for another 3 minutes, stirring occasionally

  7. Add the pineapple, and taco seasoning and mix well.

  8. Turn the heat to very low and add the pineapple juice

  9. Drain the water from the quinoa and put them in the pan

  10. Mix well and let it cool

  11. When the spicy and tangy quinoa have cooled down, transfer to 8 oz mason jars

  12. Refrigerate and use it within a week.

The spicy and tangy quinoa taste great just by itself, too.

Try them today and let me know what you think.


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  • Alicia Phelps

    I love your ideas.. I just like knowing more.????

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