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Friday, September 4, 2009

Quinoa with Black Beans and Cilantro

With my new found interest in clean eating, I'm discovering a plethora of new grains. First was (whole wheat) couscous, and now, quinoa! A friend has been bringing a quinoa dish to all our gatherings for quite some time now, and I finally asked her about it. Apparently quinoa needs to be washed, very well before cooking or it will give a bitter taste, so my friend highly recommended getting the prewashed variety. One quick trip to Whole Foods later, and I had myself some quinoa.

I was planning on some fish tacos, and thought this would be a good time to experiment, since quinoa itself is pretty plain and can be flavored a number of ways. Cilantro sounded like a good way to go. Then, Bon Appetit (thanks to Google) inspired the addition of black beans. Which ::sigh:: had to be replaced with red kidney beans when I realize we were out of black beans (OUT of black beans?? How does that happen?), and the white onion replaced with red (no idea what was running through my head whilst food shopping this week!). I switched out the water for some low sodium chicken stock, to add flavor. This quick side dish came out great and my husband, who has been very understanding of my culinary escapades, loved it as much as I did.

Quinoa with Black Beans and Cilantro
Source: Bon Appetit
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chopped white onions (or red)
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper (or not)
  • 1 cup quinoa,* rinsed, drained
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (or coriander)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained (or red kidney)
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • Crumbled Cotija cheese or feta cheese (optional)


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, if desired.

*A grain with a delicate flavor and a texture similar to that of couscous; available at natural foods stores.

Nutritional Information
One serving contains the following:
Analysis is based on using 1 ounce crumbled Cotija cheese per serving.
Calories (kcal) 391.35
% Calories from Fat 30.3
Fat (g) 13.16
Saturated Fat (g) 5.07
Cholesterol (mg) 25.23
Carbohydrates (g) 53.04
Dietary Fiber (g) 10.24
Total Sugars (g) 5.56
Net Carbs (g) 42.79
Protein (g) 16.20


Liz said...

This is my husband's favorite recipe!

Anonymous said...

mmm, I've recently found quinoa too ... I really like it. I found a recipe similar to that that I really liked. I should make this this weekend :)

I just picked up 5 cans of black beans because the same thing happened to me recently. It's especially bothersome when you realize you've been to the grocery store 4 times in two days!

Leica said...

Never had Quinoa before. It's not available here but, I've been reading so much about it.

Lindsey said...

Trader Joe's has this quinoa and other things that are good for you type side that you cook like rice or pasta...that was a terrible description of it, but it's quite good, and I plan to try it with chicken stock instead of water.

Anonymous said...

I bought a large bag of organic quinoa at Costco. Unfortunately I have decided to try a low carb diet and quinoa, while VERY healthy and high in protein, is anything but low carb. :-(. My loss, my sister's gain.

Kirsten Harr said...

This sounds amazing! Do you mind if I feature you in my new series 100 recipes from 100 blogs? You can read more about it here: http://www.theforeigndomestic.com/2012/01/from-your-kitchen-to-mine-100-recipes.html

Kirsten Harr said...

I featured your recipe today: http://www.theforeigndomestic.com/2012/03/from-your-kitchen-to-mine-recipes-51-55.html Thank you!!