Friday, March 1, 2013

Quinoa and Black Beans

I hope you are all ready for a party in your mouth - because that is exactly what this dish is. All I can say is YUM!

My Naturopath had me start a gluten free diet this week to help deal with some minor ailments I am working on. I was really put off at first, because carbs and everything gluten is my addiction. I've had a serious food addition most of my adult life and the thought of giving it up almost devastated me. But, after hearing all of the health benefits and talking to a couple gluten free friends I knew I wanted to commit to this.

I'm happy to have a husband that cares and supports any wellness journey I take. And to my surprise I came home to this dish he researched and made for me tonight. I went back for seconds because I've never had quinoa with this much flava-flav before.
Quinoa and Black Beans


1 tsp EVOO
1 small chopped onion
3 cloves minced garlic
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 1/2 cup vegetable broth
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne powder
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup chopped, fresh cilantro
salt and pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and sauté 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.
He served this side-dish with a lean cut of steak that was broiled in the oven.
Friday night gluten free perfection!


  1. YUMMY!!! I am going to give this a try! Thanks so much for the quinoa inspiration.

    1. Anytime! Seriously, it was so simple but the combination of flavours were amazing. I think it was the vegetable broth that added the depth. I rarely use broth (have nothing against it, but it was just never a staple). I think it will be a staple in the future, for my quinoa too.


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