Sunday, June 19, 2011

[Recipe Share Sunday] Quinoa with Black Beans and Cilantro

Ok, I fully admit, I'm late to the quinoa bandwagon.   I've seen recipes online, seen it used on cooking shows, I've probably even ate it a few times dining out, yet I never picked some up for the house.  After reading how packed full of protein it is, I figured I needed to add it to our meatless diets.

I think I always skipped over it because I'm sort of a 10-minute boil in bag brown rice type of girl.  I despise the rice that takes forever to cook and I guess I thought quinoa would be the same.  I was wrong.

I picked up a box of red quinoa at our supermarket (Wegmans - the best store ever, any Tri State -NY,NJ, PA- east coaster will agree) and started hunting for a recipe.  When it dawned on me that my aunt had emailed me a recipe back January that I saved away.

1 tb vegetable oil
2 cups chopped white onion
1 cup chopped red pepper (I used green pepper)
1 cup quinoa, rinsed, drained
2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups water  

1 - 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, dvidied
Crumbled feta cheese (optional)

Heat oil in medium saucepan.   Add onions and red pepper to saute until soft.

Stir in next 4 ingredients (quinoa, chili powder, cumin, and salt), add water and bring to a boil.

Cover and reduce heat to medium and simmer until quinoa is tender about 15 minutes. Add beans and 1/4 cup cilantro.  Cook until heated through and liquid is fully absorbed, about three minutes.....

Sprinkle with more cilantro and feta cheese.....

We actually just at bowls of this for a meal, but it'd be probably be better as a side dish. 

What's your favorite quinoa recipe?


  1. Quinoa is wonderful! My favorite way to make it is actually a combination of two different recipes I found online. It's sort of a summer salad the way I do it.

    I cook the quinoa, let it cool, and add the sundried tomatoes (I personally never use the kind that come in oil), cucumber, chickpeas, and parsley as directed by this recipe right here:

    But instead of adding the lemon juice, olive oil, and parmesan cheese (the last step in the recipe above), I make the dressing from this recipe because I prefer it and mix it into the mixture described above: (The dressing calls for white vinegar, EVOO, cumin, salt, pepper, and garlic.)

  2. Thanks so much for this recipe E and also the above recipe that Sara posted. I have boxes of Quinoa in my pantry and never feel inspired to use them. Both of these look so good, will be making them this week. Thanks!

  3. Oooo this looks so good! I defintiely want to try it! I've had quinoa with grilled peppers and feta...really yummy! :)

  4. I love quinoa! I just found your blog thru Natasha and I am so glad I did! I am loving it, I am always a sucker for recipes and it looks like you have great style too! Excited to be a new follower!

  5. I'm obsessed with quinoa and made this recipe just last week! It's such an easy base to work with and get in lots of veggies!

  6. love this recipe Erinn. I have been following your blog and love the variety of posts you have. I recently got on the blog bandwagon, do you have any tips for me to get more followers? thanks!

  7. bahhh blogger ate my other comment!

    Sara- thanks for the recipe!

    Andi - glad I inspired you to use up whats in your pantry :)

    Natasha - enjoy!

    Natalie - thank you! and welcome to the blog :)

    Ashley - so funny you made the same recipe

    Meg - thank you!... I find the easiest way to gain followers is to "make friends"... the more you comment on other peoples blogs and create dialog with them, they'll be more likely to follow you since you "know" each other, kwim? good luck, blog looks great!

  8. My mil just gave us 4 bags of (unrequested) quinoa. I'm dreading trying to use them. DH just tasted it the other day at a party and didn't like it. I haven't liked it from what I've tasted. I'll have to look for some ideas. This recipe sounds good to me, but he doesn't like black beans. Good to know it's better as a side because I might try that for myself.

  9. Hi Erinn,
    thanks for your suggestion! ill keep doing that and posting on my blog. always look forward to your posts, have a great day and just keep smiling :-)


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