Cilantro Lime Vegetable Quinoa
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Cilantro Lime Vegetable Quinoa

Category: AHA Certified Entertaining

  • Serves 4 servings

  • Prep Time 10 mins

  • Cook Time 30 mins


  • 1 lime

  • 4 Tbsp. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Original Spread, divided

  • 12 ounces zucchini and/or yellow squash, sliced into 1/4-inch thick half rounds, 3 cups

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder

  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 2 cups reduced sodium vegetable broth

  • 1 cup quinoa

  • 4 cups baby kale, about 4 ounces

  • 1 cup low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 cup heirloom grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves


  • Zest and juice lime to yield 1 Tablespoon lime peel and 1 Tablespoon lime juice; reserve.

  • Melt 2 Tbs. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Original Spread in medium pot over medium-high heat. Add zucchini, onion, chili powder, cumin and salt and cook until vegetables are tender-crisp, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Add vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Stir in quinoa; reduce heat to medium and cook, covered, 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.

  • Remove from heat and stir in baby kale, black beans and remaining 2 Tbs. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Original Spread. Cover and let stand 5 minutes.

  • Stir in tomatoes, cilantro, reserved lime peel and lime juice. Serve with lime wedges.

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