Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Quinoa Black Bean salad

Another option on how to eat your quinoa.
Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup minced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cans (15 oz each) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 tsp chili powder (mild)
Pinch of cayenne pepper(spicy)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 cup shredded lettuce
Salt

Directions:
Cook quinoa according to the directions, fluff when done.  Add 2 tbsp of cilantro and lime juice.
Place minced onions into a pot and saute for a few minutes until they begin to brown (brown, not burn).  Add the minced garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes more.
Add the black beans with 1/2 cup of water, 2 tbsp of chopped fresh cilantro, chili powder and cayenne pepper.
Bring to boil, then reduce to medium heat and let simmer for 15 minutes until the liquid is almost evaporated.
Stir in 2 tbsp of fresh lime juice and season with salt to taste,
Place cooked quinoa in bowl, and top with shredded lettuce and black bean mixture and add additional toppings to your liking.

Optional Topping Ingredients
Grated cheddar or jack cheese
Sour cream or Greek yogurt
Pico de gallo or salsa
Diced seeded tomatoes
Hot sauce or sriracha
Sliced avocado
Guacamole
Corn

Stay hungry my friend!