I feel like shouting this from the rooftop – M ATE QUINOA!
But then I thought that may be a little weird. And icy. And cold. And we live across from a forest so no one would actually hear me.
So, I’m shouting it here. I had anxiety all day about making this dish. I knew I’d devour it no problem, but my meat and potatoes husband? Well that was another story. He gets weirded out by whole grain pasta – how was I going to sneak this one by him?
Earlier in the day he asked me what was for dinner, to which I replied ‘oh, like a mexican casserole dish!’ Leaving out the oh so important star ingredient – quinoa. Cool, he responded. In his mind he was getting enchiladas.
Then the true test – I set down his bowl in front of him piled high with sharp cheddar and homemade guacamole. When he asked more about it, I hastily replied ‘it’s like a mexican rice dish. Dig in!’
And he did. Gobbled it all up. Ignorance is so bliss, isn’t it?
Recipe from Kitchen Simplicity
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well and drained
1¼ cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 can (1½ cups) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 cup corn
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 tsp cumin
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, optional
1 quarter of a lime, juiced
To serve: salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips, and guacamole
Add a small bit of oil to a medium-sized pot set over medium heat. Add garlic and jalapeños; cook just until fragrant (about a minute). Add quinoa, broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, cumin, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 25 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro and lime juice. Spoon into bowls and serve with desired toppings.
Serve with homemade guac or store bought would work just fine.