Monday, October 24, 2011

Autumn Comfort- Quinoa, Black Beans, Cheddar & Veggies

You know something was good when you start to hide the leftovers in the fridge so someone else doesn't eat it before you get the chance. This is one of those dishes. So simple, so good for you and sooooo delicious!

Totally meatless, and could be vegan friendly if you left out the cheese. 
But, I, for one, am NOT going to leave out the cheese! It was so good and made this dish so comforting for a cold night.

I'd really recommend that you make this dish your own... what veggies do you have and like?  Try those!  Don't like spicy? Leave it out! A quick saute with your veggies, a few spices, add the beans, the quinoa and the cheese, and you have the perfect dish.

(Not shown-chili powder,  frozen corn and cheese)
Serves 6
2 cups quinoa
4 cups water, or vegetable broth
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 yellow pepper, diced into 1/2"
1 jalapeno, minced (optional)
1 medium zucchini, diced into 1/2"
1 tomato chopped, or 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup corn
1 lime, juiced
1 cup cheddar cheese, or pepper jack
1/4 cup cilantro, crushed
1 tsp chili powder

Saute the onion, jalapeno and bell pepper for 2-3 minutes in oil.

Add the tomatoes, zucchini, black beans and corn and saute for another 5 minutes. MMmmm,  I have to say, it tastes pretty yummy at this point as a veggie side dish without the quinoa, you decide!

Add the hot, cooked quinoa and serve.

Here are more great recipes for quinoa:
Quinoa, Cauliflower and Feta Salad
Quinoa, Cheese & Chilies Casserole
Quinoa with Roasted Corn and Green Beans

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