As we used to say in Canada when I was a kid “Eat my shorts” Rachel Ray…I cut the 30 minute meal in HALF! 🙂 The other day, I was exhausted and had about 15 minutes to make dinner, so before I left work, I called my sweet husband and had him take a pound of lean ground beef out of the freezer and stick it in a sink of hot water to defrost. What resulted was an absolutely delicious, healthy meal that really doesn’t need to be in a tortilla to be delicious, and won’t have you rummaging in the depths of your cupboards for some outlandish spice. (Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE outlandish spices…they’re just not convenient.)
Quinoa Taco Filling
1 lb lean ground beef, defrosted
1 bag frozen “Southwest” mixed veggies (corn, black beans, peppers, etc) (I used the Archer Farms frozen blend that comes in a steam bag)
1/3 c. quinoa, rinsed
2/3 c. water
a few Tbsp of taco seasoning (I use Trader Joe’s because it doesn’t have whey powder in it)
Cilantro (or basil or oregano)- dried…about 2 teaspoons
Throw rinsed quinoa in the bottom of a small pot with some olive oil and toast for a minute, then add 2/3 cup water and about 2 tsp of green herb of choice, as well as a generous sprinkle of taco seasoning, bring to a boil. Turn down to low and cover. Leave it alone for 15 minutes.
While that’s cooking, throw the frozen veggies in the microwave to steam for 5 minutes (may take longer depending on wattage of your microwave).
While THAT’S cooking, put the thawed beef into a pan and brown with some taco seasoning. Once the veggies are done, drain and add to the beef. Put on the lid and turn off the heat. There should be a couple more minutes left on the quinoa.
Once the quinoa’s done, combine it all and enjoy with some salsa or guac.