Quinoa “Nachos”

Last night for dinner, I was craving nachos but wanted to make a healthier alternative for Zander’s sake, so I came up with a new creation, Quinoa Nachos! Zander liked this dish as much as I did, which makes me like it even more. I’ll definitely be making this one again. 🙂



1 cup quinoa
1 bag Morningstar Farms Vegan Chik’n Strips
2 Tbsp grapeseed oil
2-3 roma tomatoes (diced)
1 avocado (diced)
1/4 – 1/2 cup black olives (diced)
salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
OPTIONAL: salsa, vegan sour cream, and whatever other toppings you like


Put 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water in a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes. (I often cook my quinoa in vegetable broth for extra flavor, but I was in a hurry last night and used just plain old water, which wound up tasting great in this dish).

While the quinoa is cooking, saute the vegan chicken strips in grapeseed oil with a bit of garlic, salt, and pepper. (I went for sort of a crusty “blackened chicken” finish, rather than simply browning it, because I was using these for nachos, and it was yummy.)

Next, chop the “chicken” strips into little bite-sized pieces, and toss together with the diced tomatoes and avocado in a large bowl. When the quinoa is done cooking, mix that in, as well. Then put your “nachos” on a plate and add optional toppings–we used salsa and vegan sour cream, although the dish tasted great even without those.

Zander and I ate this warm out of the skillet for dinner last night and cold out of the fridge for lunch today. It was great both ways. Hooray for quinoa!


About Kim McCoy

Kim McCoy is a passionate animal and environmental advocate with a B.S. in Business Administration from UT Knoxville and a J.D. specializing in Animal and Environmental Law. She graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the internationally acclaimed Animal Law Review and interned with the National Center for Animal Law and the International Environmental Law Project. Kim is a member of MENSA (the “high IQ society”) and previously worked for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in a variety of roles, including Executive Director, Director of Campaigns, and Director of Legal Affairs. Kim is also the former Executive Director of the One World One Ocean Foundation and the proud mother of a healthy, thriving son who has been vegan since conception. Currently serving as Executive Director of Big Life Foundation, which protects wildlife and wild lands in Eastern Africa, Kim remains deeply committed to the defense of animals worldwide.
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2 Responses to Quinoa “Nachos”

  1. emmycooks says:

    Yum! I did this with potatoes the other day. 🙂

  2. Jen says:

    This was amazing, Kim! We made it tonight and it was a big hit with my omni mom and aunt! I topped it with the VegNews nacho cheese. YUM! Thanks so much for another masterpiece. 🙂

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