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Quinoa with Black Beans and Cilantro November 28, 2008

Filed under: Quinoa,Salad,Side dish,Vegetarian — xigumdrops @ 5:28 pm
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I bought a bag of Quinoa at Dean & DeLuca a few weeks ago and have been looking for a recipe to catch my eye.  I found this one from Liz’s Cooking Blog originally from Bon Appetit.  I really liked the texture of the quinoa and I liked it much better than couscous.  I didn’t find the recipe spicy at all and actually think it would be better with diced jalapenos or some chipotle powder.  

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2 cups chopped white 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 cup water

1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided

Crumbled Cotija cheese or feta cheese (optional) (I used sharp cheddar)

 

1.  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.

2.  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.

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