Friday, May 30, 2008

{My favorite new grain... Quinoa!

One of my favorite new magazine's is called "Clean Eating." I read the book The Eat Clean Diet last year and it inspired me (until little Sammy came along and you all know how a baby changes your life!) but I'm ready to be inspired again so I picked up an old copy and decided to make this Quinoa Black Bean Salad. It was so good! It is fresh and perfect as a side dish to fish or chicken. It would even make a great main dish for Meatless Monday's!

... this is best served cold!

Quinoa Black Bean Salad
1 cup quinoa, washed and drained
2 cups water
1/4 olive oil
Juice of 2 limes
1 t. cumin
1/2 t. red pepper flakes
1 can of black beans, rinsed
1 1/2 c. cherry tomatoes, cut in half
5 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

-Wash and rinse quinoa. In a saucepan, bring quinoa and water to a boil. REduce to simmer, cover and cook until all water is absorbed, about 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool.
-In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, cumin and red pepper flakes.
-Combine cooled quinoa, beans, tomatoes and onions in a large bowl.
-Drizzle dressing over salad and toss in cilantro. Season with salt and pepper.
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Kelly, Matt, Kate & Isaac said...

This sounds yummy! We love Quinoa too!

BarneyReport said...

And guess what? Quinoa is gluten free! You're great, Tagan! Thanks for the recipe.