Monday, November 16, 2009

Quinoa and Black Beans

Quinoa is one of the most perfect foods there is. It is rich in amino acids and high in protein, calcium and iron. Quinoa should be rinsed very well before use, it it will be bitter.

Quinoa and Black Beans
1 tsp. canola oil
1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups chicken or beef broth
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup frozen corn kernels (I sometimes omit this and it tastes fine
without it)
2 cans (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed and drained--sometimes I sub in
pinto beans)
1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion
and garlic, and saute until slightly browned.
Rinse quinoa with cold water (Use a Fine Sieve). Mix quinoa into the
saucepan and cover with broth.
Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to
a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Add corn and cook an
additional 5 min. or until corn is heated through. Stir in black beans
and cilantro.

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