One of my absolute favorite side dishes to make is a southwest style quinoa and beans. Do you like quinoa? It’s so healthy for you! I was kind of afraid of it at first, not knowing exactly how to make it. But it didn’t take long for me to absolutely love it! I will be honest when I say that my kids are not as thrilled as I am about this. But many people are who I have shared it with so thought it was time to share it with you too!
Disclaimer: I love to cook, but really do not like measuring things. So I never can truly duplicate a recipe. I do come close most times however, so I will do my best to share with you!
3/4 cup Quinoa – I like to get the organic red or white for this. Sometimes I do a little of both, which makes the dish look pretty.
Broth – I like low sodium chicken broth but if you are keeping it vegetarian, use a good veggie broth. If you use water it will need extra seasoning.
Beans! – I have used white (pictured), pinto and black. I love to buy dry beans and cook them over night in broth and water in the crock pot. Dry beans are healthier and much cheaper. I make a ton at a time and we eat them in various recipes during the week. Beans are really healthy protein too! And usually a kid favorite.
Garlic (onions and garlic are great cold and flu busters! I cook with them all.of.the.time!!)
Seasonings: cumin, garlic salt or powder, pepper, red pepper flakes or chili powder for a little heat, onion powder, black pepper, or whatever you have on hand that you like
Before I go into how, I have to tell you a secret that has saved me so much time and while adding in some veggies in our dinners….my new thing lately is to throw whatever veggie I am cooking into my Magic bullet blender with a little broth or water to make it more into a sauce! I’ve done this with soups and sauces and it’s awesome! Brilliant, really. I am sure it’s been done before but I just thought of it recently and I LOVE using this technique! (just don’t tell my kids!)
That said, take 1/4 to 1/2 of an onion, chop it a bit and then blend it up in a magic bullet or other blender of your choice with about a tablespoon of garlic (I save time by buying this in a jar to keep in the fridge), some broth or water. Blend till smooth.
Heat the mix up on the stove with about a tsp of oil. I like using coconut oil. Cook that down a bit while you wash and drain your quinoa.
Toss Quinoa in pan with onion mix and cover with broth. Add in seasonings to taste. Go easy on the salt but in my opinion you can’t have too much cumin. Bring to a boil. cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
Toss in beans. Use 1-2 cans if you are using cans or as many scoops as you like if you are using dried cooked beans. Yum!
Let beans warm in dish and serve! Delicious flavor. Healthy too!
What are your favorite quinoa recipes?
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