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Spanish Style Quinoa

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

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!

Happy Cooking!

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Thai Chicken Pizza


  • 1 tube refrigerated pizza dough
  • olive oil for brushing
  • 1/4 cup sweet Asian chili sauce
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 small zucchini, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 3-4 tablespoons cashews


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spread the dough out evenly on your pizza pan. Par-bake the crust until it sets, just before it starts to brown, about 3-5 minutes. Spread the sweet Asian chili sauce all over the pizza crust. Even add the scallions, zucchini, carrots, red pepper flakes, bell pepper and chicken. Top with mozzarella cheese and cashews. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and browned.

This pizza is so yummy and has the great Asian flavor that you love!

Happy Cooking!

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