Curried Quinoa with Lima Beans


I was leafing through an America Dietetics Association Gluten Free Cookbook from a colleague the other day and came across this little gem of a recipe.  It’s one of those delicious one pot meals that you know right away it going to taste fantastic just by reading through it.

I loved it because it was simple and easy.  Quinoa is a great grain because it’s high in protein unlike other grains…actually I think it’s technically a “grass” but that is neither here nor there.  The lima beans add extra protein and fibre and the flavour is quite nice.


2 teaspoons of olive oil

1/2 cup diced onion

1 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander (or curry powder)

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1 cup quinoa, rinsed well

2 cups water

1 cup Lima beans


1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and saute for 3 to 4 minutes until softened.

2. Add spices and dry quinoa. Stir to coat.

3. Add the water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

4. Stir in the Lima beans and continue to simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed.

 Serve with some fresh vegetables!


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