Peppy Quinoa USDA Recipe for Child Care Centers

This surprisingly peppy side dish combines spicy green chilies, cilantro, and toasted pepitas with the nutty flavor of quinoa, giving this dish a Latino flair that will spice up any menu.
CACFP CREDITING INFORMATION
½ cup (No. 8 scoop) provides ⅛ cup vegetable and 1¼ oz equivalent grains.
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Ingredients
 

25 Servings

    Weight

    • - - Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
    • 2 lb 1 oz Quinoa, dry
    • - - Water
    • oz Low-sodium chicken base
    • 8 oz Fresh onions, diced
    • 1 lb 3 oz Canned diced green chilies
    • 2 oz Fresh garlic, minced
    • oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
    • oz Fresh green onions, diced
    • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

    Measure

    • ½ cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
    • 1 qt Quinoa, dry
    • 2 qt 2 cups Water
    • 3 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
    • 1½ cups 1 Tbsp Fresh onions, diced
    • 2⅓ cups Canned diced green chilies
    • ¼ cup Fresh garlic, minced
    • cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
    • ½ cup Fresh green onions, diced
    • ½ to 1 cup Fresh lime juice (optional)

    50 Servings

      Weight

      • oz Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
      • 4 lb 2 oz Quinoa, dry
      • - - Water
      • 5 oz Low-sodium chicken base
      • 1 lb *Fresh onions, diced
      • 2 lb 6 oz Canned diced green chilies
      • 4 oz Fresh garlic, minced
      • 5 oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
      • 3 oz *Fresh green onions, diced
      • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

      Measure

      • 1 cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
      • 2 qt Quinoa, dry
      • 1 gal 1 qt Water
      • ¼ cup 2 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
      • 3 cups 2 Tbsp *Fresh onions, diced
      • 1 qt ⅔ cup Canned diced green chilies
      • ½ cup Fresh garlic, minced
      • 1 qt 3 cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
      • 1 cup *Fresh green onions, diced
      • 1 to 2 cups Fresh lime juice (optional)

      Quantity
       

      25 Servings

        Weight

        • - - Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
        • 2 lb 1 oz Quinoa, dry
        • - - Water
        • oz Low-sodium chicken base
        • 8 oz Fresh onions, diced
        • 1 lb 3 oz Canned diced green chilies
        • 2 oz Fresh garlic, minced
        • oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
        • oz Fresh green onions, diced
        • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

        Measure

        • ½ cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
        • 1 qt Quinoa, dry
        • 2 qt 2 cups Water
        • 3 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
        • 1½ cups 1 Tbsp Fresh onions, diced
        • 2⅓ cups Canned diced green chilies
        • ¼ cup Fresh garlic, minced
        • cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
        • ½ cup Fresh green onions, diced
        • ½ to 1 cup Fresh lime juice (optional)

        50 Servings

          Weight

          • oz Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
          • 4 lb 2 oz Quinoa, dry
          • - - Water
          • 5 oz Low-sodium chicken base
          • 1 lb *Fresh onions, diced
          • 2 lb 6 oz Canned diced green chilies
          • 4 oz Fresh garlic, minced
          • 5 oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
          • 3 oz *Fresh green onions, diced
          • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

          Measure

          • 1 cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
          • 2 qt Quinoa, dry
          • 1 gal 1 qt Water
          • ¼ cup 2 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
          • 3 cups 2 Tbsp *Fresh onions, diced
          • 1 qt ⅔ cup Canned diced green chilies
          • ½ cup Fresh garlic, minced
          • 1 qt 3 cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
          • 1 cup *Fresh green onions, diced
          • 1 to 2 cups Fresh lime juice (optional)

          Ingredients
           

          25 Servings

            Weight

            • - - Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
            • 2 lb 1 oz Quinoa, dry
            • - - Water
            • oz Low-sodium chicken base
            • 8 oz Fresh onions, diced
            • 1 lb 3 oz Canned diced green chilies
            • 2 oz Fresh garlic, minced
            • oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
            • oz Fresh green onions, diced
            • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

            Measure

            • ½ cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
            • 1 qt Quinoa, dry
            • 2 qt 2 cups Water
            • 3 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
            • 1½ cups 1 Tbsp Fresh onions, diced
            • 2⅓ cups Canned diced green chilies
            • ¼ cup Fresh garlic, minced
            • cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
            • ½ cup Fresh green onions, diced
            • ½ to 1 cup Fresh lime juice (optional)

            50 Servings

              Weight

              • oz Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
              • 4 lb 2 oz Quinoa, dry
              • - - Water
              • 5 oz Low-sodium chicken base
              • 1 lb *Fresh onions, diced
              • 2 lb 6 oz Canned diced green chilies
              • 4 oz Fresh garlic, minced
              • 5 oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
              • 3 oz *Fresh green onions, diced
              • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

              Measure

              • 1 cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
              • 2 qt Quinoa, dry
              • 1 gal 1 qt Water
              • ¼ cup 2 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
              • 3 cups 2 Tbsp *Fresh onions, diced
              • 1 qt ⅔ cup Canned diced green chilies
              • ½ cup Fresh garlic, minced
              • 1 qt 3 cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
              • 1 cup *Fresh green onions, diced
              • 1 to 2 cups Fresh lime juice (optional)

              Quantity
               

              25 Servings

                Weight

                • - - Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                • 2 lb 1 oz Quinoa, dry
                • - - Water
                • oz Low-sodium chicken base
                • 8 oz Fresh onions, diced
                • 1 lb 3 oz Canned diced green chilies
                • 2 oz Fresh garlic, minced
                • oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
                • oz Fresh green onions, diced
                • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

                Measure

                • ½ cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                • 1 qt Quinoa, dry
                • 2 qt 2 cups Water
                • 3 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
                • 1½ cups 1 Tbsp Fresh onions, diced
                • 2⅓ cups Canned diced green chilies
                • ¼ cup Fresh garlic, minced
                • cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
                • ½ cup Fresh green onions, diced
                • ½ to 1 cup Fresh lime juice (optional)

                50 Servings

                  Weight

                  • oz Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                  • 4 lb 2 oz Quinoa, dry
                  • - - Water
                  • 5 oz Low-sodium chicken base
                  • 1 lb *Fresh onions, diced
                  • 2 lb 6 oz Canned diced green chilies
                  • 4 oz Fresh garlic, minced
                  • 5 oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
                  • 3 oz *Fresh green onions, diced
                  • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

                  Measure

                  • 1 cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                  • 2 qt Quinoa, dry
                  • 1 gal 1 qt Water
                  • ¼ cup 2 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
                  • 3 cups 2 Tbsp *Fresh onions, diced
                  • 1 qt ⅔ cup Canned diced green chilies
                  • ½ cup Fresh garlic, minced
                  • 1 qt 3 cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
                  • 1 cup *Fresh green onions, diced
                  • 1 to 2 cups Fresh lime juice (optional)

                  Ingredients
                   

                  25 Servings

                    Weight

                    • - - Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                    • 2 lb 1 oz Quinoa, dry
                    • - - Water
                    • oz Low-sodium chicken base
                    • 8 oz Fresh onions, diced
                    • 1 lb 3 oz Canned diced green chilies
                    • 2 oz Fresh garlic, minced
                    • oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
                    • oz Fresh green onions, diced
                    • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

                    Measure

                    • ½ cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                    • 1 qt Quinoa, dry
                    • 2 qt 2 cups Water
                    • 3 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
                    • 1½ cups 1 Tbsp Fresh onions, diced
                    • 2⅓ cups Canned diced green chilies
                    • ¼ cup Fresh garlic, minced
                    • cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
                    • ½ cup Fresh green onions, diced
                    • ½ to 1 cup Fresh lime juice (optional)

                    50 Servings

                      Weight

                      • oz Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                      • 4 lb 2 oz Quinoa, dry
                      • - - Water
                      • 5 oz Low-sodium chicken base
                      • 1 lb *Fresh onions, diced
                      • 2 lb 6 oz Canned diced green chilies
                      • 4 oz Fresh garlic, minced
                      • 5 oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
                      • 3 oz *Fresh green onions, diced
                      • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

                      Measure

                      • 1 cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                      • 2 qt Quinoa, dry
                      • 1 gal 1 qt Water
                      • ¼ cup 2 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
                      • 3 cups 2 Tbsp *Fresh onions, diced
                      • 1 qt ⅔ cup Canned diced green chilies
                      • ½ cup Fresh garlic, minced
                      • 1 qt 3 cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
                      • 1 cup *Fresh green onions, diced
                      • 1 to 2 cups Fresh lime juice (optional)

                      Quantity
                       

                      25 Servings

                        Weight

                        • - - Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                        • 2 lb 1 oz Quinoa, dry
                        • - - Water
                        • oz Low-sodium chicken base
                        • 8 oz Fresh onions, diced
                        • 1 lb 3 oz Canned diced green chilies
                        • 2 oz Fresh garlic, minced
                        • oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
                        • oz Fresh green onions, diced
                        • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

                        Measure

                        • ½ cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                        • 1 qt Quinoa, dry
                        • 2 qt 2 cups Water
                        • 3 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
                        • 1½ cups 1 Tbsp Fresh onions, diced
                        • 2⅓ cups Canned diced green chilies
                        • ¼ cup Fresh garlic, minced
                        • cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
                        • ½ cup Fresh green onions, diced
                        • ½ to 1 cup Fresh lime juice (optional)

                        50 Servings

                          Weight

                          • oz Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                          • 4 lb 2 oz Quinoa, dry
                          • - - Water
                          • 5 oz Low-sodium chicken base
                          • 1 lb *Fresh onions, diced
                          • 2 lb 6 oz Canned diced green chilies
                          • 4 oz Fresh garlic, minced
                          • 5 oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
                          • 3 oz *Fresh green onions, diced
                          • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

                          Measure

                          • 1 cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                          • 2 qt Quinoa, dry
                          • 1 gal 1 qt Water
                          • ¼ cup 2 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
                          • 3 cups 2 Tbsp *Fresh onions, diced
                          • 1 qt ⅔ cup Canned diced green chilies
                          • ½ cup Fresh garlic, minced
                          • 1 qt 3 cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
                          • 1 cup *Fresh green onions, diced
                          • 1 to 2 cups Fresh lime juice (optional)

                          Ingredients
                           

                          25 Servings

                            Weight

                            • - - Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                            • 2 lb 1 oz Quinoa, dry
                            • - - Water
                            • oz Low-sodium chicken base
                            • 8 oz Fresh onions, diced
                            • 1 lb 3 oz Canned diced green chilies
                            • 2 oz Fresh garlic, minced
                            • oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
                            • oz Fresh green onions, diced
                            • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

                            Measure

                            • ½ cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                            • 1 qt Quinoa, dry
                            • 2 qt 2 cups Water
                            • 3 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
                            • 1½ cups 1 Tbsp Fresh onions, diced
                            • 2⅓ cups Canned diced green chilies
                            • ¼ cup Fresh garlic, minced
                            • cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
                            • ½ cup Fresh green onions, diced
                            • ½ to 1 cup Fresh lime juice (optional)

                            50 Servings

                              Weight

                              • oz Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                              • 4 lb 2 oz Quinoa, dry
                              • - - Water
                              • 5 oz Low-sodium chicken base
                              • 1 lb *Fresh onions, diced
                              • 2 lb 6 oz Canned diced green chilies
                              • 4 oz Fresh garlic, minced
                              • 5 oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
                              • 3 oz *Fresh green onions, diced
                              • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

                              Measure

                              • 1 cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                              • 2 qt Quinoa, dry
                              • 1 gal 1 qt Water
                              • ¼ cup 2 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
                              • 3 cups 2 Tbsp *Fresh onions, diced
                              • 1 qt ⅔ cup Canned diced green chilies
                              • ½ cup Fresh garlic, minced
                              • 1 qt 3 cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
                              • 1 cup *Fresh green onions, diced
                              • 1 to 2 cups Fresh lime juice (optional)

                              Quantity
                               

                              25 Servings

                                Weight

                                • - - Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                                • 2 lb 1 oz Quinoa, dry
                                • - - Water
                                • oz Low-sodium chicken base
                                • 8 oz Fresh onions, diced
                                • 1 lb 3 oz Canned diced green chilies
                                • 2 oz Fresh garlic, minced
                                • oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
                                • oz Fresh green onions, diced
                                • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

                                Measure

                                • ½ cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                                • 1 qt Quinoa, dry
                                • 2 qt 2 cups Water
                                • 3 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
                                • 1½ cups 1 Tbsp Fresh onions, diced
                                • 2⅓ cups Canned diced green chilies
                                • ¼ cup Fresh garlic, minced
                                • cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
                                • ½ cup Fresh green onions, diced
                                • ½ to 1 cup Fresh lime juice (optional)

                                50 Servings

                                  Weight

                                  • oz Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                                  • 4 lb 2 oz Quinoa, dry
                                  • - - Water
                                  • 5 oz Low-sodium chicken base
                                  • 1 lb *Fresh onions, diced
                                  • 2 lb 6 oz Canned diced green chilies
                                  • 4 oz Fresh garlic, minced
                                  • 5 oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
                                  • 3 oz *Fresh green onions, diced
                                  • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

                                  Measure

                                  • 1 cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                                  • 2 qt Quinoa, dry
                                  • 1 gal 1 qt Water
                                  • ¼ cup 2 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
                                  • 3 cups 2 Tbsp *Fresh onions, diced
                                  • 1 qt ⅔ cup Canned diced green chilies
                                  • ½ cup Fresh garlic, minced
                                  • 1 qt 3 cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
                                  • 1 cup *Fresh green onions, diced
                                  • 1 to 2 cups Fresh lime juice (optional)

                                  Ingredients
                                   

                                  25 Servings

                                    Weight

                                    • - - Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                                    • 2 lb 1 oz Quinoa, dry
                                    • - - Water
                                    • oz Low-sodium chicken base
                                    • 8 oz Fresh onions, diced
                                    • 1 lb 3 oz Canned diced green chilies
                                    • 2 oz Fresh garlic, minced
                                    • oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
                                    • oz Fresh green onions, diced
                                    • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

                                    Measure

                                    • ½ cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                                    • 1 qt Quinoa, dry
                                    • 2 qt 2 cups Water
                                    • 3 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
                                    • 1½ cups 1 Tbsp Fresh onions, diced
                                    • 2⅓ cups Canned diced green chilies
                                    • ¼ cup Fresh garlic, minced
                                    • cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
                                    • ½ cup Fresh green onions, diced
                                    • ½ to 1 cup Fresh lime juice (optional)

                                    50 Servings

                                      Weight

                                      • oz Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                                      • 4 lb 2 oz Quinoa, dry
                                      • - - Water
                                      • 5 oz Low-sodium chicken base
                                      • 1 lb *Fresh onions, diced
                                      • 2 lb 6 oz Canned diced green chilies
                                      • 4 oz Fresh garlic, minced
                                      • 5 oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
                                      • 3 oz *Fresh green onions, diced
                                      • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

                                      Measure

                                      • 1 cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                                      • 2 qt Quinoa, dry
                                      • 1 gal 1 qt Water
                                      • ¼ cup 2 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
                                      • 3 cups 2 Tbsp *Fresh onions, diced
                                      • 1 qt ⅔ cup Canned diced green chilies
                                      • ½ cup Fresh garlic, minced
                                      • 1 qt 3 cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
                                      • 1 cup *Fresh green onions, diced
                                      • 1 to 2 cups Fresh lime juice (optional)

                                      Quantity
                                       

                                      25 Servings

                                        Weight

                                        • - - Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                                        • 2 lb 1 oz Quinoa, dry
                                        • - - Water
                                        • oz Low-sodium chicken base
                                        • 8 oz Fresh onions, diced
                                        • 1 lb 3 oz Canned diced green chilies
                                        • 2 oz Fresh garlic, minced
                                        • oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
                                        • oz Fresh green onions, diced
                                        • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

                                        Measure

                                        • ½ cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                                        • 1 qt Quinoa, dry
                                        • 2 qt 2 cups Water
                                        • 3 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
                                        • 1½ cups 1 Tbsp Fresh onions, diced
                                        • 2⅓ cups Canned diced green chilies
                                        • ¼ cup Fresh garlic, minced
                                        • cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
                                        • ½ cup Fresh green onions, diced
                                        • ½ to 1 cup Fresh lime juice (optional)

                                        50 Servings

                                          Weight

                                          • oz Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                                          • 4 lb 2 oz Quinoa, dry
                                          • - - Water
                                          • 5 oz Low-sodium chicken base
                                          • 1 lb *Fresh onions, diced
                                          • 2 lb 6 oz Canned diced green chilies
                                          • 4 oz Fresh garlic, minced
                                          • 5 oz Fresh cilantro, chopped
                                          • 3 oz *Fresh green onions, diced
                                          • - - Fresh lime juice (optional)

                                          Measure

                                          • 1 cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds), dried
                                          • 2 qt Quinoa, dry
                                          • 1 gal 1 qt Water
                                          • ¼ cup 2 Tbsp Low-sodium chicken base
                                          • 3 cups 2 Tbsp *Fresh onions, diced
                                          • 1 qt ⅔ cup Canned diced green chilies
                                          • ½ cup Fresh garlic, minced
                                          • 1 qt 3 cups Fresh cilantro, chopped
                                          • 1 cup *Fresh green onions, diced
                                          • 1 to 2 cups Fresh lime juice (optional)


                                          Instructions
                                           

                                          • Roast pepitas in oven until light brown and aromatic:
                                            Conventional oven: 350 °F for 10 minutes
                                            Convection oven: 350 °F for 7 minutes
                                          • Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer until water runs clear, not cloudy.
                                          • Combine quinoa, water, and base in a covered stockpot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until water is completely absorbed, about 10-15 minutes. When done, quinoa will be soft and a white ring will pop out of the kernel. The white ring will appear only when it is fully cooked.
                                          • Lightly coat steam table pan (12” x 20” x 2½”) with pan release spray.
                                            For 25 servings, use 1 pan.
                                            For 50 servings, use 2 pans.
                                          • Transfer quinoa to steam table pan.
                                          • Add onions, chilies, and garlic. Mix well.
                                          • Cover pan with parchment paper and then seal with a sheet of aluminum foil.
                                          • Bake:
                                            Conventional oven: 350 °F for 40 minutes
                                            Convection oven: 350 °F for 30 minutes
                                            Critical Control Point: Heat to 140 °F or higher for at least 15 seconds.
                                          • Toss in cilantro, green onions, pepitas and optional lime juice to taste.
                                          • Hold for hot service at 135 °F or higher.
                                          • Portion with No. 8 scoop (½ cup).

                                          Nutrition INFORMATION

                                          Nutrition Facts
                                          Peppy Quinoa USDA Recipe for Child Care Centers
                                          Amount Per Serving (0 ½ cup (No. 8 scoop))
                                          Calories 174.7
                                          % Daily Value*
                                          Total Fat 3.85g6%
                                          Saturated Fat 0.49g3%
                                          Cholesterol 0.28mg0%
                                          Sodium 93.07mg4%
                                          Total Carbohydrates 28.6g10%
                                          Dietary Fiber 3.42g14%
                                          Protein 6.38g13%
                                          Vitamin A 12.13IU0%
                                          Vitamin C 9.53mg12%
                                          Calcium 34.49mg3%
                                          Iron 2.31mg13%
                                          *
                                          Marketing Guide
                                          25 Servings:

                                          Mature onions: 9 oz

                                          Green onions: 4 oz

                                          50 Servings:

                                          Mature onions: 1 lb 2 oz

                                          Green onions: 8 oz

                                          Notes

                                          *See Marketing Guide for purchasing information on foods that will change during preparation or when a variation of the ingredient is available.
                                          Yield / Volume
                                          25 Servings:

                                          About 6 lb

                                          About 3 gallons 2 cups 1 steam table pan

                                          50 Servings:

                                          About 12 lb

                                          About 6 gallons 1 quart 2 steam table pans