Sunday, October 25, 2009

Quinoa with Black Beans and Cilantro

Have you tried to quinoa yet? It's becoming one of my favorite side dishes. It's also a super healthy food. It's a grain thats a protein.... Go Figure!! This dish is great as either a side, or for me a meal. The hubby might give me a funny look if I just serve this. I got this recipe from a great blog called Proceed with Caution, which has all kinds of great recipes, so go check it out.

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 cups chopped red onions
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed, drained
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • feta cheese

    Heat oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and red pepper; sauté until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in next 4 ingredients. Add water; bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until quinoa is almost tender, about 14 minutes. Add beans and 1/4 cup cilantro; cook uncovered until heated through and liquid is fully absorbed, about 3 minutes. Transfer to bowl; sprinkle with 1/4 cup cilantro and cheese.
You have probably thought I am such a slacker with this blog, but I have a ton of things going on right now. We are in the process of moving to Michigan while my hubby is in between jobs. Plus I am Prego, so that doesn't help with cooking motivation. I promise things will get better here. I'm going to take a little break, but will update with family holiday get together recipes when the time comes. Thanks for understanding, and I will see you all soon. Guess I should say y'all since I'm still in Texas for two more days!!