Tuesday, September 6, 2011

For the love of Quinoa

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Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is a relative of leafy green veggies, such as spinach or kale.

Kind of hard to believe because for some reason I thought it was a grain. We use it as a grain so it is commonly thought as so.

Alright enough of all that.. I am just here to tell you that is is delicious. The added bonus is that it is better for you then that grain of white rice. In fact it is similar to brown rice but has more protein. And in my opinion taste a whole lot better then brown rice.

I love beans so naturally eating quinoa with beans was a delight for me. The recipe I found on Allrecipes.com and I substituted kidney beans for the black beans because that is all I had. I love kidney beans more then black beans anyway so it really was a win win situation for me!

Quinoa and Red Beans

adapted from : Allrecipes.com

Ingredients:

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
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

 

Directions:

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.

Stir in the onion and garlic, and sauté until lightly browned.

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.

Mix in the black beans and cilantro

 

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