Easy Instant Pot brown rice and quinoa, fluffy and perfectly cooked. Use white or red quinoa. To make healthy burrito bowls, just add black beans, shredded cabbage and cheese.
This healthy blend of brown rice and quinoa is so easy to make in your Instant Pot. Light and fluffy with a pinch of salt and a hint of garlic, it's a versatile side dish or a base for grain bowls, salads and burritos.
You can use either white or red quinoa for this recipe.
Instant Pot Quinoa
Quinoa cooks perfectly in a pressure cooker. If you'd like to only cook Instant Pot quinoa, try this recipe for Instant Pot quinoa.
However, in this recipe, the quinoa cooks for a longer amount of time than it usually would because it's cooked in the same pot as brown rice. The quinoa is soft and tender, magically blending into the brown rice.
Brown Rice and Quinoa Burritos
To make burrito bowls (or healthy burrito filling), this recipe includes additional spices and instructions.
First, cook the brown rice and quinoa with garlic powder, cumin and chili powder.
When the rice and quinoa are cooked, then add canned beans, cheese, and shredded cabbage. Plus, all the burrito toppings you love - sour cream, avocado, salsa, and green onions.
More Ways to Serve Rice and Quinoa Blends
This blend of brown rice and quinoa is really versatile. It can be served plain as a side dish with chicken, salmon or tofu. You can also turn it into a salad or main course.
To make a salad or main course quinoa bowls, consider adding:
- Roasted vegetables
- Roasted sweet potato
- Salmon and green beans
- Chopped parsley, cilantro or basil
- Crumbled feta cheese or goat cheese
Questions & Answers About This Recipe
Yes, you can use either white or red quinoa for this recipe and follow the same ingredient amount and instructions.
It's true that white quinoa cooks very quickly in a pressure cooker. When cooking white quinoa alone in the Instant Pot, I use this quinoa recipe to cook it for just 1 minute. When white quinoa is cooked for 22 minutes with brown rice, it gets very soft and blends right in to the brown rice. My kids, who aren't huge quinoa fans, like it this way, and I like sneaking protein-rich quinoa into the rice!
Instant Pot red quinoa cooks fully in about 15 minutes. When red quinoa is used in this recipe, which cooks for 22 minutes, the quinoa remains visible and is soft but still has a slightly chewy texture.
Yes, any variety of brown rice should work fine.
Yes, this blend makes delicious brown rice and quinoa salads. Just chill the grains after they cook, then add your favorite dressing and other salad ingredients.
You can, but it's not really necessary. Just water and salt add plenty of flavor.
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