The nutty flavor and fluffy and creamy texture of quinoa makes it a perfect combination for black beans easy healthy recipes. In this simple recipe, black beans is flavored with bell pepper, red onions and broth and combined with cooked quinoa. This can be served as easy appetizers, side dish, salad, light meal, or filling snack. The quinoa should first be cooked before adding to the black beans in this recipe.
To cook quinoa, you should first soak it in water and rinse it to remove any bitter flavor or remaining coating that should have been otherwise removed during the production process. Like rice, quinoa needs a good rinse to get rid of any dirt or sediment. Place the washed and drained quinoa in a saucepan and add water that is twice as much as the amount of quinoa, i.e. for 1/2 cup of quinoa, use a cup water. Bring the mixture to a boil with the lid on. Once the water boils, lower the heat and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes.
There are different kinds of quinoa, which comes in different colors, including white, red, and black. The quickest to cook is the white variety and is also the most widely available. The black variety takes the longest to cook and has a crunchier texture. Red is in the middle of white and black in texture and amount of time it takes to cook. You can also combine all three kinds of quinoa for a varied texture in one dish.
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon canola oil, 1/2 bell pepper, chopped, 2 tablespoons chopped red onion, 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed, 2 tablespoons broth, (or water), 1/2 cup hot cooked quinoa
Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add bell pepper and onion and cook until almost tender. Add beans and broth (or water) to the pan. Cook until heated through. Stir in quinoa. The quinoa and black beans is ready in 30 minutes.
This basic dish can be spruced up with some spices and other ingredients. Middle Eastern, Indian and Mediterranean spices and flavors go really well with quinoa and black beans. You can add coriander, cumin, parsley, mint, or paprika to season the dish and give it a bit of a kick. For a salad, dress the quinoa and black beans with lemon and olive oil after cooking.