Cajun Quinoa

Steve Adams "Trucker Steve"

This dish is a healthy twist on dirty rice and just one cup of quinoa offers about 24 grams of muscle-building protein.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef (and chorizo if desired)

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

  • 1/2 medium white or yellow onion, diced

  • 1 stalk of celery, diced

  • 1 medium green bell pepper, seeded and diced

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 green onion, sliced thinly (dark green parts separated from white/light green)

  • 2 cups quinoa, uncooked

  • 1 bay leaf

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Optional additions: Cayenne pepper, sriracha

Tools You'll Need

  • Skillet or slow cooker
  • Cutting board/knife
  • Measuring cup


  • Combine 2 cups quinoa with 4 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until quinoa is tender – about 18 minutes.
  • Place coconut oil in your skillet or slow cooker and heat to medium or medium high.
  • Add your lean ground beef and chorizo, if desired, to the skillet and begin to sauté and brown.
  • Add your diced onion, celery, green pepper, garlic, green onion, bay leaf and sauté until meat is completely cooked.
  • Plate and enjoy!
  • *Note: Quinoa is not a rice or pasta, but a “cereal-like” food that is gluten-free, has a nice crunch and is loaded with protein, minerals and fiber.
Steve Adams "Trucker Steve"