Quinoa is a SUPER healthy grain that is packed with protein and dietary fiber to keep you fuller longer. And trust me, it really does! I added black beans to this recipe to make this a meal instead of a side dish. It tastes almost like spanish rice (which I love), but it is better for you. This dish has great flavor and a little kick from the cayenne pepper.
Spanish Style Quinoa
(Revised from allrecipes.com)
Makes 4 Cups
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup dry quinoa
- 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 2 cups water
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 4-5 green onions, thinly sliced
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Rinse the quinoa in a fine mesh sieve. In the pot stir in the quinoa, onion, garlic and green pepper. Cook and stir for 5 minutes.
Add in the salt, chili powder, cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper, and cook for 2 more minutes.
Stir in the tomato sauce and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes.
Stir the quinoa occasionally as it cooks. In the last 5 minutes add in the black beans.
Garnish with green onions and enjoy!