Friday, February 12, 2010
Friday: Quinoa and Black Beans
What is quinoa? Up until last week I had no idea. Our family is on a grain adventure and one of the grains we tried this week was none other than red quinoa. This grain is a power packed amino acid. It has a large amount of magnesium and riboflavin. It apparently was the "gold of the Incas" giving warriors more stamina. It gave us a good laugh as we all looked at it with concern and considered ordering pizza. I am proud of us, however, we went through with cooking quinoa and the result~ we absolutely loved it!
Please, trust me, this is a grain to bring into your kitchen.
What you will need for Quinoa and Black Beans:
1 teaspoon olive 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
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
What to do:
Chop your onion and place it into some olive oil in a pan. Add a bit of garlic.
Add 3/4 cup of the quinoia. Admire it as you toss it in! Those tiny grains are going to do good things!
Step three~ Add 1 1/2 cups of vegetable stock/broth.
Step four~ Add your cumin and cayenne pepper. I love the smell of cumin! It makes me happy. LET THE QUINOA cook for TWENTY MINUTES. Those little grains will actually pop open a bit. Cute little guys....
Drain and rinse your black beans. Set aside one cup of corn. Chop your cilantro. Add them to the quinoia and stir.
Be proud of yourself for cooking something new!
We ate the Quinoa with a little bit of salsa. We also filled a whole wheat tortilla with avocado. This was a vegetarian meal, super healthy and oh oh oh so good!
I got this recipe off of www.allrecipes.com. I modified it by only adding in one can of black beans. The original recipe called for two. We did not find the necessary at all.
Labels: Recipes and Meal Ideas