Friday, June 29, 2012

RECIPE: Spicy Black Bean Quinoa (Vegan, GF)

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Quinoa is a new discovery in my kitchen.

I have heard about his South American "grain" (it is actually a seed) for a long time, but I didn't get a chance to try it until I joined the local food co-op.  It is a complete protein, a good source of fiber, and a good source of calcium.

This is my favorite way to fix quinoa.  It is easy to prepare, yet versatile enough to eat warm or chilled as an accompaniment to a green salad.  Loaded with veggies and protein, low in fat, meatless, and gluten-free, it can be made for almost anyone.  The bright array of colors make it an appealing dish to serve to guests.

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*1 1/2 c. prepared quinoa
*1/2 chopped green pepper
*1 small chopped onion
*1 clove garlic, minced
*14.5 oz. can corn, drained
*15.5 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
*10.5 oz. can tomatoes with green chiles, drained


1.  Heat a medium saucepan to medium heat.  Spray lightly with cooking spray.  Add green pepper, garlic, and onion.  Add 2-3 Tb. of water and saute until onions become translucent.
2.  In a large bowl, add green pepper, garlic, and onion to quinoa. Add corn, black beans, and tomatoes with chiles.  Mix thoroughly.  Serve warm or cooled.

Have you ever made quinoa? 

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