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Quinoa and Black Beans

What you need: 

1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 cup sweet onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup uncooked vegetable quinoa
1.5 cups vegetable broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 (15 ounce) can black beans

What you do: 

1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute until lightly browned.
2. 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.
3. Stir frozen corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through. Mix in the black beans.
I serve this delicious dish over a mixed green salad.
This recipe makes five 3/4 cup servings. Approximately 260 calories per serving.

Preparation Time: 
10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
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When I first tasted this I didnt know how I would like it especially since I am new to vegetarianism. I actually liked it. I am the only one in my house who is into trying stuff like this so I made it and out the leftovers in the fridge. It was just as good the second time around. 


I found this recipe on another recipe site, and it's become a dish I make often. I add a little more broth and quinoa, plus add a 14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes with chilies when I add the black beans, and serve it with a dollop of sour cream on the top. The tomatoes add a bit more heat and flavor, and the color addition makes the completed dish look especially pretty.


This is really easy and versatile. We threw in a few extra veges we needed to use up and it was great. Yummy...


I make this all the time. I saw the recipe on and they are practically identical. I always end up putting waaay more of the spices in but this recipe is so yummy and a great way to serve a bunch of people. It tastes great reheated too, but even the meat eaters in my house devour it so there's not much leftovers anyway. Quinoa is a perfect way for vegans to get b-12 and it has all the amino acids including lysine. I should make some more this week.  :)>>>


We enjoyed this. I used water, lots of spice, black olives instead of corn, and cooked pinto beans instead of black beans. Worked well.

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