Sunday, August 14, 2011

Quinoa and Black Beans

Pronounced (Keen-wah)


  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained ( only used 1 because I forgot to buy 2)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute until lightly browned.
  2. Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes,
  3. Stir frozen corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through. Mix in the black beans and cilantro.
Quinoa is one of my new FAVORITE things!!! YUM! I have been researching "eating clean" and have discovered how fantastic this stuff is for you! So I thought I would give it a try...SO glad I did! It was FANTASTIC!!! There are so many different recipes out there for using "quinoa" I can't wait to try more! Just google this little gem and do some research on just how great this little grain is for you!! This can be served as a side dish OR as the main dish with a salad. It is extremely high in protein and could replace your meat in your meal. The dish can also be served warm OR cold!!! I'm in LOVE!!!! :)

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