Cilantro Lime Quinoa Side Dish

Cilantro Lime Quinoa in a bowl with spoon.  It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

This Cilantro Lime Quinoa Side Dish is fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice.  Just 25 minutes to cook the Quinoa, 3 ingredients, and this is yours too!

Cilantro Lime Quinoa in a bowl with spoon with lime and cilantro on counter. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

Quinoa is truly a superfood!

Quinoa, pronounced KEEN-wah, is actually an edible seed that is referred to as a Superfood because of its health benefits.  It’s high in complete protein including 8 amino acids and it has more fiber than most other grains.  It also has Iron, Manganese, Lysine, and magnesium.

The texture is similar to a couscous, but a little more fluffy.  It has a mild, slightly nutty taste, similar to brown rice.  However, because it’s so mild, it really absorbs any flavors you mix with it.  

Try these other easy and delicious Quinoa Recipes!

Cilantro Lime Quinoa in a bowl with spoon with lime and cilantro on counter. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR CILANTRO LIME QUINOA SIDE DISH

We are all extremely busy and making dinner during the week can be overwhelming. Here are the steps you prepare in the day(s) in advance and store in the fridge as your meal Kit… (See the recipe below for more details) 

Well my friends, not much to this one, so make the entire thing ahead!  Woo hoo!

To start, rinse the quinoa in a strainer under water.  Then cook it according to package instructions.

Rinsing Quinoa in strainer for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

Boiling water with Quinoa for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

Cooked Quinoa for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

While the Quinoa is cooking, you can zest the Lime and chop the cilantro.Zesting lime for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

Chopped cilantro on cutting board for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

When the Quinoa is done, fluff it up with a fork. Then add the Lime Zest, a teaspoon of lime juice, the cilantro, and olive oil. Mix to combine and then taste for seasoning. Add salt as needed. Top with just about any veggie or protein and enjoy!

Chopped cilantro and lime zest on quinoa in pot for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

Cilantro Lime Quinoa in a pot. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Cilantro Lime Quinoa in a bowl with spoon with lime and cilantro on counter. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

Cilantro Lime Quinoa is fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword gluten free, healthy recipes, quinoa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Uncooked Quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Lime, Zested
  • 3 Tbsp Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Start by rinsing the quinoa thoroughly in a strainer and then cooking it according to package directions making sure to add a tsp of salt to the water. 

    Cooked Quinoa for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood
  2. While the Quinoa is cooking, you can zest the Lime and chop the cilantro.

    Zesting lime for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood
  3. When the Quinoa is done, fluff it up with a fork.  Then add the Lime Zest, a teaspoon of lime juice, the cilantro, and olive oil.  Mix to combine and then taste for seasoning.  Add salt as needed.  Top with just about any veggie or protein and enjoy!

    Chopped cilantro and lime zest on quinoa in pot for Cilantro Lime Quinoa. It's fluffy, nutty, citrusy, salty, and the perfect accompaniment for any protein or vegetable!  With just a few simple ingredients, you can make this fantastic healthier alternative to rice. #quinoa #quinoarecipes #sides #healthyfood

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

Spoon scooping Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole in casserole dish on counter with red towel. This recipe does not disappoint! It's warm, creamy, and full of flavor! And it's the perfect side dish for your holiday dinner.

Spoon scooping Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole in casserole dish on counter with wine glass in background. This recipe does not disappoint! It's warm, creamy, and full of flavor! And it's the perfect side dish for your holiday dinner.

There is nothing better in the entire world than ooey gooey cheesy potatoes and this Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe does not disappoint!  It’s warm, creamy, and full of flavor!  And it’s the perfect side dish for your holiday dinner.

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole on plate and in casserole dish on counter. This recipe does not disappoint! It's warm, creamy, and full of flavor! And it's the perfect side dish for your holiday dinner.

This Hash Brown Casserole Recipe says goodbye to the canned soup, but is still super easy with a simple roux with milk and broth added to create a thickened flavorful sauce.  Add in a little sour cream, cheese, scallions, and oregano and you have the most comforting and flavorful side dish or main (I’m just saying)!

Family Recipes to bring warm memories

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole on plate and in casserole dish on counter with recipe card. This recipe does not disappoint! It's warm, creamy, and full of flavor! And it's the perfect side dish for your holiday dinner.

This recipe comes from my Mom and after she passed away last December, I have been working my way through her recipe box.  This was a relatively new recipe of hers, so the card is clean and still white (that is, until my 6 yr old got a hold of it!).  Mom made it for Christmas dinner a few years back and I remember thinking, hmmm, another casserole, not very exciting.  But, then I tasted it and FELL IN LOVE!  It was creamy, cheesy, comforting, and utterly addictive, just like my Mom loved food to be.  Today it brings back sweet warm memories, which is what is so wonderful about family recipes.

I did change up a couple things from my Mom’s recipe, though.  I think she would approve!  First, I replaced cans of potato soup with a homemade thickened sauce with broth and milk.  I also replaced the onions with scallions.  I love the mild flavor from scallions that melts into the casserole and gives it a bit of beautiful green color.  Finally, I added dried Oregano, which gives just a hint of herby flavor that goes so well with the cheese.

What else should you serve with this Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe?  Here are some ideas…

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole on holiday table with salad, beef roast, and gold ornaments. This recipe does not disappoint! It's warm, creamy, and full of flavor! And it's the perfect side dish for your holiday dinner.

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MAKE YOUR CHEESY HASH BROWN CASSEROLE RECIPE

This recipe is so easy, as you simply mix all of the ingredients with the frozen hash browns and bake.  You do need to first create the simple sauce, which starts with a simple butter and flour roux.  Slowly whisk in the broth and then milk until the roux is completely and smoothly mixed into the liquids. Continue to stir and cook over medium heat until it comes to a light simmer and thickens.

To a large mixing bowl, add the frozen hash browns, the thickened broth mixture, sour cream, cheese, oregano, sliced scallion, salt, and pepper. Mix to combine then add the hash brown mixture to a 9×13 casserole dish.

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole ingredients in bowl. This recipe does not disappoint! It's warm, creamy, and full of flavor! And it's the perfect side dish for your holiday dinner.

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole ingredients mixed in bowl. This recipe does not disappoint! It's warm, creamy, and full of flavor! And it's the perfect side dish for your holiday dinner.

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole ingredients mixed and being pressed into a casserole dish with spatula. This recipe does not disappoint! It's warm, creamy, and full of flavor! And it's the perfect side dish for your holiday dinner.

Bake in the oven center rack for 45 minutes covered with aluminum foil. Remove the cover for the last 10 minutes and turn the broiler on to brown the top. Monitor the casserole to ensure that it does not burn under the broiler.

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe cooked in casserole dish on counter. This recipe does not disappoint! It's warm, creamy, and full of flavor! And it's the perfect side dish for your holiday dinner.

That’s it!  ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole on plate and in casserole dish on counter. This recipe does not disappoint! It's warm, creamy, and full of flavor! And it's the perfect side dish for your holiday dinner.

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

There is nothing better in the entire world than ooey gooey cheesy potatoes and this Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe does not disappoint!  It's warm, creamy, and full of flavor!  And it's the perfect side dish for your holiday dinner.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword casserole, christmas dinner, hash browns, holiday dinner, potatoes, sides
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Frozen Hash Browns
  • 3 Tbls All Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tbls Butter
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 8 oz Sour Cream
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar
  • 2 Scallions
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.

  2. Thinly slice 2 scallions, both the whites and the greens.

  3. In preheated medium sauce pot, add butter and stir to melt.  Add Flour and whisk to combine with the butter.  Cook stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes.  Slowly whisk in the broth and then milk until the roux is completely and smoothly mixed into the liquids.  Continue to stir and cook over medium heat until it comes to a light simmer and thickens.  Turn off the heat. 

  4. To a large mixing bowl, add the frozen hash browns, the thickened broth mixture, sour cream, cheese, scallion, oregano, salt, and pepper.  Mix to combine.

    Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole ingredients in bowl. This recipe does not disappoint! It's warm, creamy, and full of flavor! And it's the perfect side dish for your holiday dinner.
  5. Add the hash brown mixture to a 9x13 casserole dish.  Bake in the oven center rack for 45 minutes covered with aluminum foil.  Remove the cover for the last 10 minutes and turn the broiler on to brown the top.  Monitor the casserole to ensure that it does not burn under the broiler.

    Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole ingredients mixed and being pressed into a casserole dish with spatula. This recipe does not disappoint! It's warm, creamy, and full of flavor! And it's the perfect side dish for your holiday dinner.
  6. Serve and Enjoy!

    Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole on plate and in casserole dish on counter. This recipe does not disappoint! It's warm, creamy, and full of flavor! And it's the perfect side dish for your holiday dinner.