Quinoa with Red Pepper & Black Beans

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is technically a seed, but is often referred to as a grain because it has similar nutrients and calories as most grains. However, nutritionally it’s superior to most grains because it contains twice as much fiber and protein. Combining quinoa and black beans makes an exceptionally healthy vegetarian entrée or side dish that keeps you feeling full longer because it's full of protein and fiber. Enjoy!

Ingredients:                                                                              PRINT RECIPE
1 cup dry quinoa
2 cups water
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ small red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 small-medium red pepper, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Zest of 1/2 lime
1/2 teaspoon salt
Black pepper to taste

In a pot, heat water to boiling. Add quinoa and stir to combine, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
While quinoa is cooking, heat olive oil in a large pan.
Add red onion, garlic, red pepper flakes, red pepper and black pepper. Saute 3-5 minutes, or until tender.
Add black beans to the sautéed vegetables, combine and set aside.

Sauteed red peppers, red onions and black beans

Sauteed red peppers, red onions and black beans

When quinoa is cooked through, fluff with a fork and add the black bean mixture to the quinoa. Toss gently, add black pepper or salt if needed, then serve.
Makes about 6 one-cup servings.                                                    

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