Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Recently, we added a new food to our favorite family meals. It’s small. It’s cute. It’s healthy. (It’s kinda pricey around here....) It’s quinoa! (Which is pronounced “keen-wah” not “qui-noah”!) I found it locally for $4.99/pound, but I bet it can be purchased for a better deal in a bigger city. I’ll find out the next time I leave town. 
I look forward to experimenting with more recipes, but until then, here is the one I made for my family this past week. It’s super simple after you hunt down the main ingredient. GIve it a try and let me know how you like it! 
Quinoa with Black Beans and Lime
1 1/2 cup quinoa (uncooked)
3 cup water
1 can black beans (drained and rinsed of all canning juices)
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup corn
1 cup chopped yellow pepper ( I didn’t have this, but it was still delicious without it)
5 tbsp lime juice
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic (ground, or 1 clove fresh garlic chopped finely)
1/2 tsp basil 
In microwave safe bowl, combine quinoa and water. Microwave for 20 minutes or until all water is absorbed. (Yes, I mean 20 minutes. That wasn’t a typo.) 
In another larger bowl, combine black beans, tomatoes, onion, corn, yellow pepper and cooked-then cooled quinoa. 
In a small mixing bowl (or, since I hate making more dirty dishes than necessary, the same bowl you used to cook the quinoa) mix the last 6 ingredients, whisking energetically. Pour sauce over the other ingredients in the larger bowl. 
Serve cool. Flavors combine and taste stronger after a night in the fridge. (I modified this recipe from one I found at www.pioneerwoman.com.)
Another note about cooking quinoa. I found loads of information online about how to cook these little jewels. Everyone has their opinion. Since I have ever only eaten this time, I enjoyed it just this way, but I’m open to trying other ways. This is the same way I cook rice; a ratio of 1 part rice to 2 parts water, then microwave accordingly. I grew up cooking rice this way and have no idea how to cook it on the stove! 

(Please excuse the bad photo, it was taken with my phone!)


Limgegreen13 said...

oh yes i got some from Costco ten bucks for 4lbs! I like it! its weird, i made my family try some too but i havent experimented enough with it. it looks so strange after it cooks

Lindsay said...

Limeegreen13, I love the little rings it makes after it's cooked! Thanks for sharing. What did you make with yours?