Spiced Quinoa Rice

Spiced with cumin and chili powder, this lemony whole grain bowl with brown rice, quinoa and avocado is satisfying and delicious.

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Cooking time PREP TIME 4 mins
Cooking time COOK TIME 1 min
Servings SERVES 1
Ready in TOTAL TIME 5 mins
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PREP TIME 4 mins
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  • 1 cup Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp torn fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  • Loaded with flavor, this whole grain bowl made with a base of Minute® Ready to Serve Brown Rice & Quinoa is ready to enjoy from start to finish in just 5 minutes!

    Step 1

  • Heat rice and quinoa according to package directions.

    Step 2

  • Stir in lemon juice, lemon zest, chili powder, cumin and pepper.

    Step 3

  • Top with avocado and basil; sprinkle with salt.

    Recipe Tip

    Substitute parsley for basil if desired.

Spice Rack Meal Solution

Sometimes all you need to tie a meal together is a store-bought sauce or seasonings from your spice rack. At Minute® Rice, we’re all about convenience and this spiced quinoa rice recipe is simple and can be put together with items you probably already have in your pantry! With a few staples like lemon juice, chili powder, cumin and ground pepper, you’ve already got a spice base ready for your rice and quinoa blend.

Try it out in another recipe like this Persian Rice Recipe made with a base of Ready to Serve Rice combined with turmeric or maybe this Thai Sweet Chili Rice made with a base of cilantro lime rice, chicken and veggies drizzled with Thai sweet chili dressing. For something to share, use Cajun seasoning to spice up this Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice. Learn more about all kinds of savory stir in ideas for your rice meals using pantry staples.

Rice Bowl Meal Ideas

While this rice bowl can be enjoyed on its own as is for lunch or a simple dinner side dish, it is also versatile for different meal ideas.

Build a wholesome meal in a bowl by adding your favorite cooked or raw vegetables and an additional protein source such as canned tuna, shredded chicken, hard-boiled eggs, tofu or tempeh.

You can also toss it on top of leafy greens like arugula, romaine or iceberg lettuce to add texture and flavor for a hearty salad. Looking for a delicious dinner recipe? Try our: cheesy rice and chicken.

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