Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday: Quinoa and Blackbeans

This is absolutely one of our favorite Quinoa recipes. This is where it all began for my family and our love of quinoa. I have posted this before and am so happy to share it again.

What is 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. I showed this grain to my husband and he asked if we should just order a pizza! I get that a lot! After a few months of cooking and baking with quinoa I am so glad that we forwent the pizza and stuck with the grain adventure.

You can purchase quinoa at your local heath food store, through food co-ops, at places like Trader Joes and Whole Foods Market and through! Give it a try!!!

 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:

Step one~
Chop your onion and place it into some olive oil in a pan. Add a bit of garlic.

Step two~
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....

Step five~
Drain and rinse your black beans. Set aside one cup of corn. Chop your cilantro. Add them to the quinoia and stir.

Step six~
Be proud of yourself for cooking something new!

We ate the Quinoa with a little bit of salsa. We also filled a sprouted grain tortilla with avocado. This was a vegetarian meal, super healthy and oh oh oh so good!

Note: Several times I have made this meal without using vegetable broth. It turned out fine without the broth. My preference is to use it, but when we do not have any handy water works fine.

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