“In the door” Quinoa Burrito Bowls

"In the Door" Quinoa Burrito Bowls with Chili Lime Vinaigrette from KiwiandBean.com

Sunday is Mother’s day. I know this, because I have reminded Kiwi at least six times: “I hope the Bean is planning something spectacular for her mother. Her mother deserves it.” She really does.

In fact what this mother deserves, and wants more than a mimosa and a stack of pancakes, is a little break from the daily cooking grind. Yes, I live for cooking; I love food; and I spend most of my days, and nights when I can’t sleep, thinking about what I’m going to eat. But even this food-crazed mama needs a break every now and again.

Enter this week’s “in the door” recipe. Scratch that. This is so simple that it can hardly be called a “recipe”. It’s more of a concept: throw a bunch of things into a bowl; drizzle it with a zesty vinaigrette and use the word “burrito” to commend it to your family. And then watch them devour it while you paint your toenails. Ok, this is sounding super Meghan Draper. Dads can make this “recipe” too, of course. Lean in people…lean in.

The “recipe” stars quinoa, for which I apologize in advance. Quinoa needs publicity about as badly as Kim Kardashian’s baby bump. As in, I’m so over quinoa. But yet I’m not. Mostly because I have two massive bags of organic quinoa that I refuse to move with me to my new house at the end of June. But also because quinoa is admittedly deserving of its superfood status. You get all the fiber of brown rice and then some, plus a punch of complete protein, but without the arsenic. And it cooks up about three times as fast as brown rice. It’s hard not to like quinoa.

Chili Lime Vinaigrette from KiwiandBean.com

"In the Door" Quinoa Burrito Bowls with Chili Lime Vinaigrette from KiwiandBean.com

To assemble these burrito bowls at lightening speed, I make the quinoa in advance and reheat it when I need it. In fact, I quite often make a big pot of quinoa on Sunday night and use it throughout the week for salads, side dishes and these burrito bowls. (Who am I kidding? I am so NOT over quinoa.) The vinaigrette can also be made in advance–or not at all, frankly–a drizzle of olive oil, squeeze of lime and a sprinkle of salt will also work in a pinch. And the toppings? Scan the list of fridge contents and pantry staples in my “recipe” below and use what you have. And not what you don’t have. So simple.

"In the Door" Quinoa Burrito Bowls with Chili Lime Vinaigrette from KiwiandBean.com

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Quinoa Burrito Bowls with Chili Lime Vinaigrette

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


    For the quinoa:
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed well with cold water
  • 2 cups water
  • For the vinaigrette:
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried red chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • For the toppings--any of the following:
  • Chopped or shredded cooked chicken, steak or pork
  • Cooked shrimp
  • Canned black beans (Eden Organic has a great “Caribbean” flavoured version)
  • Sauteed peppers and onions
  • Chopped tomatoes or fresh/jarred salsa
  • Chopped avocado or guacamole
  • Corn (frozen or canned)
  • Sliced black olives
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded cheese


  1. For the quinoa: combine rinsed quinoa and water in a small or medium pot. Cover, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. When water is boiling, reduce heat to low (do not remove lid!) and simmer gently until all the water has been absorbed, about 10-15 minutes. Remove lid and fluff quinoa with a fork.
  2. For the vinaigrette: shake all ingredients in a jar, or whisk them in a small bowl.
  3. To assemble: put a small pile of warm quinoa in the bottom of a shallow bowl. Drizzle with vinaigrette and then pile on chosen toppings.


11 Responses to “In the door” Quinoa Burrito Bowls

  1. Anna coblin June 3, 2020 at 4:38 am #

    Obviously I’ll try it and thanks for share it.

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  3. Melissa May 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    Yum! Thanks for the recipe. Made it tonight. Sautéed shrimp in a sweet chilli sauce. Me and toddler dining companion devoured it.

    • Sarah May 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

      Yum! Glad you and the kiddo liked it!

  4. Anoop May 16, 2013 at 3:58 pm #

    Tried it last night. Fantastic!! With the ingredients I used after layering it all I realized I used the exact same toppings as a layered mexican bean dip but quinoa instead of the beans. Now if you used baked tortilla triangles in lieu of chips…voila!! you’re welcome!! 😉 oh…and thanks…this will make the rotation in our house.

    • Sarah May 23, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

      Aha! Great idea!

  5. Jen May 13, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    I may also let the kids build their own burritos using the ingredients.any thoughts on tortillas that aren’t made by dempsters?

    • Sarah May 14, 2013 at 7:46 am #

      Great idea! Tortillas are a toughie. There is so much crap in the conventional ones. IndianLife makes decent ones, but they are hard to find (Big Carrot has them, possibly Whole Foods also). There is also a decent Food For Life Ezekiel sprouted grain one that you might find in the freezer section of Whole Foods. The kids might not love it — it’s a bit wholesome :-). Finally, Loblaws and probably other stores sell what I think is “Sarah” brand (I know, right?). Decent ingredients, but I found they stuck together (annoying) and were a bit thick.

  6. Papouli May 13, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    This is a genious idea. I also love how organized you are, it is inspirational! Making a big batch of quinoa and then using it in different ways throughout the week- so smart and healthy. This dinner is the perfect way to avoid those “I dunno what to make” nights. Thanks Sarah!

  7. Mom May 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try it

  8. Jasmina May 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    Love this Sarah. So often on the way home from work and call my husband only to have the same conversation. It goes like this:
    me: what do you want to do for dinner?
    him: I don’t know, whatever.
    me: sigh, I’ll figure it out.
    And then we have chicken breasts, broccoli, and rice. Boring with a capital B.
    I love this, because I usually have these things on hand. Quick, healthy, everyone wins!
    ps – I’m so NOT over quinoa either. 🙂

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