Friday, July 24, 2009

Quinoa and black beans

Tonight I made Quinoa and black beans for dinner. "It is called quinoa (pronounced keen-wa), and is a grain that comes from the Andes Mountains of South America. Quinoa's origins are truly ancient. It was one of the three staple foods, along with corn and potatoes, of the Inca civilization. Quinoa was known then, and still is known, with respect, as the mother grain. We call it the "Supergrain of the Future." Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain; an average of 16.2 percent, compared with 7.5 percent for rice, 9.9 percent for millet, and 14 percent for wheat. Some varieties of quinoa are more than 20 percent protein. Quinoa's protein is of an unusually high quality. It is a complete protein, with an essential amino acid balance close to the ideal ... similar to milk! " I borrowed that write up from here! I tried to take a pretty pic of it for you guys.

Quinoa and Black Beans
adapted from Quinoa and Black Beans from

Serves 6
2TBS olive oil or safflower oil (I used both)
1-1/2 onions chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 C uncooked quinoa
1-1/2 C vegetable broth
1tsp cumin
1tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne (to taste)
salt and pepper to taste
1 can rotel tomatoes
1 15oz can black beans (drained & rinsed)
2C shredded carrots

1. Heat oil in skillet and add onions, garlic, and carrots. Sweat until soft.

2. Add seasonings and then quinoa and veggie broth. Bring back up to a boil. Reduce heat and cover. Simmer 20 minutes.

3. Add beans. Heat through. You're ready to eat!!

I hope you like it as much as we do!! I am always grateful when I make something that we all can like!! Enjoy!

1 comment:

Our Family... said...

I have been lurking here for a while just reading your blog...found a link to it on the Yahoo Adoptive Hair Group. I love your blog and what you are doing with your family. Our families are very similar in the way we look ;-) and in beliefs! I just wanted to say hello and keep writing. Shari