July 29, 2013
I am new to the world of quinoa. Ever had it? It really is such an amazing food. Texture is like rice, size is like couscous (just a little smaller), and it resembles rice in the way it tastes. It's a very versatile food, and like rice, it's a blank canvas for adding any flavors your heart desires. Plus it's has protein, so it's a great substitute for meat.
At the moment I am all about experimenting with this stuff. This my latest concoction. I loved this! I had it for lunch three times this week. I love that it keeps me full for a long time too (much easier to resist snacking when you are full). I'm excited to try out the many other ideas that have been racing through my mind in the future!
Cook 1 cup quinoa according to package directions (should make about 2 cups cooked)
1 cup black beans, rinsed
1 cup corn
4 scallions, chopped
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup red or orange pepper, diced
Zest & juice from one lime
1 tbsp agave nectar
1/4 tsp salt & pepper to taste
3 tbsp olive oil
Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Once the quinoa is cooked, place it in a medium sized bowl. Add the black beans, corn, pepper, cilantro, scallions to the quinoa and stir to combine. Add the dressing and toss to coat evenly. This is a great dish served warm or cold!