January 10, 2007

Works For Me Wednesday: Something New & Healthy In 30 Minutes Or Less

Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer is hosting a "healthy meals" Works For Me Wednesday this week...

Quinoa Medley with Beans & Corn

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) has come to be highly appreciated for its nutritional value, and the United Nations has classified it as a supercrop for its very high protein content. It is also wheat- and gluten-free!

I made this recipe last night (available in the current
Vegetarian Times.) Hubby can't wait to have leftovers for lunch today. Gray, our 15-month old, couldn't get enough of it either! You can find quinoa in the natural foods section of the grocery store. It cooks just like rice!

1 1/4 cups quinoa

1 15 oz. can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 cup frozen corn

1/2 cup fresh chunky salsa, divided (store-bought fresh salsa can be found in the produce aisle)- I also used more than 1/2 cup with this recipe! I'd say add as much as you like!

1 tsp. chili powder

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

2 Tbs. olive oil

lime wedges, for garnish

1. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in saucepan. Stir in quinoa, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Simmer 10 minutes.

2. Add beans, corn, 1/4 cup salsa, and chili powder; season with salt & pepper. Return to a boil. Cover & cook 2-5 minutes or until quinoa is tender.

3. Stir in cilantro, oil, and remaining salsa. Serve with lime wedges.

I like to add extra hot sauce to mine, and lots of lime juice. It's dee-lish!

Serves 4. Per serving: 386 calories, 13G protein, 10G total fat

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  1. Wow, that sounds really yummy! We love black beans! I've never made quinoa before! Now I think I'll have to! :)

  2. This sounds good and one I will certainly want to try. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Yummy! I've been trying couscous lately. This sounds even better!

  4. Mmmm that sounds so good, I'm gonna have try this this week!

  5. Thanks for the recipe! Dh and I are attempting to include more vegetarian meals this year. This helps! And it looks great. :)

    So does quinoa have a brown rice like texture?

  6. This sounds delicious. I'll have to sneak it to my carnivore hubby, but it definitely works for me. :o)

  7. Thanks for sharing I will have to try it out...

  8. We're big quinoa fans here, too. The Baby loves it as a hot cereal in the morning.

  9. I love Quinoa. One thing I've discovered is that it tastes even better if you substitute chicken or veg broth for the water- just punches up the flavor a bit.

    thanks for the recipe!


  10. My family loves quinoa, we purchase organic,in 5lb bags from our co-op. The kids love that little crunch at the end of each chew, and it is so interesting looking, with that little white rib that surrounds each grain.Thanks for the recipe,I'll give it a try.

  11. Thanks for sharing...I've never had quinoa before. I will have to add it to next weeks grocery list to try!

  12. I've never heard of Quinoa before, but the recipe sounds delicious. I'll have to try it. (with grilled chicken for my meat loving hubby :)

  13. Oh my. This sounds yummy!! I've never seen that quinoa in my store. I'll have to ask.

  14. We love quinoa. I use it all the time instead of couscous. It has a nice wee bit of a crunch. I tried to sprout them (even MORE nutrition) but it didn't work. Will have to try again.

  15. Mmmmm, quinoa is my comfort food! It has the flavor of wild rice but the ease of preparation of kasha/buckwheat.

    Thanks for the recipe. Please keep them coming!

  16. This sounds great. I'll be sharing with my sister.
    Thank you for sharing.

  17. Yummy! We'll have to try this soon - I'll loving the recipes in the new Veg. Times!

  18. Thanks for posting this. I'm wanting to add more of a variety of grains to our diet and this sounds great. DH loves spicy so the salsa and hot sauce should make it a hit!
    Got any millet recipes?

  19. This sounds good. We love quinoa at our house. It really is a super food. We normally have ours with stir-fry, but I'll have to give this recipe a try soon.

  20. Sounds really healthy. I will try it!

  21. This looks delicious! I love black beans. :D

  22. I have quinoa (oh wait, did I spell it right?) in my cupboard, just waiting to be cooked. I've never made it before!


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