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Quinoa-Avocado Verrines

These light, chilled verrines are a great appetizer to serve before a hearty meal because they won't fill you up. Red quinoa makes the presentation extra eye-catching, but you can also use regular quinoa or steamed couscous or bulgur.



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⅓ cup red quinoa
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½ tsp. chili powder, divided
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3 tsp. lime juice, divided
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2 tsp. olive oil
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1 ripe avocado (6.5 oz.)
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2-3 drops Tabasco sauce
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⅓ cup alfalfa, broccoli, or leek sprouts


1. Bring quinoa, 1/4 tsp. chili powder, and 1 cup water to a boil in small saucepan. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 12 to 15 minutes, or until most liquid is absorbed.

2. Whisk together 2 tsp. lime juice, oil, and remaining 1/4 tsp. chili powder in bowl. Add quinoa, and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

3. Divide quinoa among glasses. (Recipe can be prepared ahead up to this point; cover, and refrigerate up to 24 hours.)

4. Dice avocado, season with salt and pepper (if desired), and toss with Tabasco sauce and remaining 1 tsp. lime juice.

5. Divide avocado among glasses, and top each with pinch of sprouts. Serve immediately, with small forks or spoons.

Nutrition Information: 

1 g
Total Fat: 
4 g
Saturated Fat: 
<1 g
7 g
0 mg
5 mg
2 g
<1 g
Serves 8

Comments on this Recipe

These were amazing! I actually ate this as a main dish, and didn't add the sprouts. Very yummy!!!

Can't wait to make these! Quinoa and Avacado--What a gret combo!