This is one of my favorites. It has a Mexican food flavor without all the added cheese, fat, and oil that often weighs down this kind of dish. It is also very satisfying and easy to prepare. Quinoa (pronounced “keen-waa”) is a grain that is full of protein and has a rice-like consistency when prepared. Add the black beans, bell peppers and spices to make a meal that you are sure to enjoy.
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 cups chopped white or yellow onions
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 cup quinoa,* rinsed, drained
2 teaspoons chili powder
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups water
1 can black beans (15 ounce), rinsed and drained
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
* A grain with a delicate flavor and a texture similar to that of couscous; available at natural foods stores.
Heat oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions and red pepper; sauté until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in next 4 ingredients. Add water; bring to boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until quinoa is almost tender, about 14 minutes. Add beans and ¼ cup cilantro; cook uncovered until heated through and liquid is fully absorbed, about 3 minutes. Transfer to bowl; sprinkle with ¼ cup cilantro.