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Vegan Quinoa and Black Beans

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Vegan Quinoa and Black Beans
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 8
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Vegan Quinoa and Black Beans

A vegan dish with lime, cilantro, corn, and black beans that can be served hot or cold. This Mexican style quinoa is heart healthy and full of flavor.

Ingredients

1
teaspoon vegetable oil
1
onion, chopped
1 1/2
teaspoons minced garlic
3/4
cup uncooked quinoa
1
teaspoon cumin
1 1/2
cups vegetable broth
1/4
teaspoon cayenne pepper
1
tablespoon lime juice
1
cup frozen corn
2
(15 ounce) cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2
cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1
ripe avocado, diced (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • 1 Rinse the quinoa in a strainer. Sometimes it can have a bitter taste on the outside so rinsing gets rid of this.
  • 2 Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and cook for a couple of minutes or until onion is soft.
  • 3 Add the quinoa and vegetable broth to the pan. Add the cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil and then cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • 4 Stir in lime juice and frozen corn into the pan and simmer for 5 minutes or until corn is heated through.
  • 5 Finally, mix in the black beans and cilantro. Garnish with chopped avocado if desired.
  • 6 Serve hot or cold. Store in refrigerator.
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Vegan Quinoa and Black Beans

As prepared by Girl Who Ate Everything,

I admit when a recipe has the word “vegan” in it, I usually run in the other direction. I consider myself a meat lovin’ girl and married a man who doesn’t consider it a meal unless some type of meat is present.

Recently, we had a dinner guest who was vegan and I thought, “What in the world am I going to feed her?” But as it turns out, our worlds are really not that far apart.

Quinoa was the answer. I’ve been dying to make a quinoa dish ever since all of my friends started raving about it. I’ve been butchering the pronunciation of the word “quinoa” for so long (pronounced “KEEN-wa” ) that I figured I owed it a retribution recipe to showcase it.

This Vegan Quinoa and Black Beans cooked up so fast and easy. It has black beans, corn, lime, and cilantro -- all of the Mexican flavors that I crave so often.

Recipe for Quinoa

Although it’s appears and tastes grain-like, quinoa is actually a small seed. It’s full of nutritional benefits and is a complete protein in itself. That must explain why after I ate this dish I was stuffed!  

Informing my protein-obsessed husband of its high protein level was all he needed to be convinced. I will say that my natural instinct was to add some grilled chicken to the recipe. But that was just my meat-ingrained mind thinking. The dish absolutely did not need it.

Recipe with Quinoa

Have I converted to a vegan now?

No. Not yet.

But this Quinoa and Black Bean dish sure did make me think about it…


How about you? Do you eat quinoa?


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Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
185.4
Daily Value
Total Fat
2.1g
3%
(
Saturated Fat
0.3g
1%
)
Sodium
448.0mg
19%
Total Carbohydrate
33.5g
11%
(
Dietary Fiber
9.2g
37%
,
Sugars
1.4g
)
Protein
9.5g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
11.40%
11%
Calcium
5.70%
6%
Iron
17.30%
17%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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