Monday, January 18, 2010

Quinoa

Several months ago, I was in the kitchen with a friend of a friend who was preparing us an oober organic, healthy lunch. As a wannabe, trying to appear organic and healthful myself, I suavely leaned over to one salad and said, "Oh, is that the grain QUINN--NOAH?"
She gave me the weirdest look out of the corner of her eye, and replied, "Do you mean Keen-wah?" Yeah...I am so not cool somtimes. She was very gracious and explained how she had prepared the delicious salad.
Ever since that day, I have been obsessed with quinoa...learning about it, buying it, cooking it, finding new recipes... Quinoa is actually nutty grain from South America. It's an excellent source of nutrition. To check out all the facts on it, click here! I made this quinoa recipe for the leadership retreat this past weekend and it got rave reviews! Give it a try!
Black Bean and Corn Quinoa

1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 heaping teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup frozen corn kernels
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute until lightly browned.
Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
Stir frozen corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through. Mix in the black beans and cilantro.

*I kept this in a little crock pot. It's best to add the cilantro at the last minute so it doesn't get wilty.

My favorite way to serve this is with Black Corn and Flaxseed Tortilla Chips from Target. It's also good served alone as a main dish!

6 comments:

Katrina said...

where in a store do you find the quinoa? Just wondering...it looks pretty good! I think I might like to try it!

The Sneaky Mommy said...

I've found quinoa in the health section at Hy-Vee, but I think it's a little pricey. The Baker's Pantry in Dallas Center has it, and it's much more reasonably priced.

Lindsey said...

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Erin said...

Now this looks really good.

une autre mère said...

I knew I liked quinoa, but I didn't know how much more I would like it in your recipe! It was super yummy! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Jenn said...

Glad you shared this recipe, it was very tasty!