Quinoa and Black Bean ‘Salad’

photo (2)I was recently intimidated by the number of bell peppers in my home garden. I hate to waste fresh vegetables, so appealed for help on the Monroe Facebook Page. I got lots of helpful suggestions, including a recipe from Vegetarian Times for Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers. Well, the ‘stuffing’ was so good, I decided it could stand on its own. I tweaked it a bit to suit what I had on hand that day (always good to use more veggies!). Here’s what I came up with.

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 2 large handfuls of whatever greens you have (something sturdy like spinach, chard or kale is best)
  • 1 pint fresh cherry tomatoes, halved, or equivalent amount large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small zucchini, cubed
  • 1 medium turnip, cut into cubes
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup quinoa, rinsed well in a sieve under running water
  • 3 large carrots, grated (1½ cups)
  • 1 c grated Jack or cheddar cheese, (divided)
  • Your favorite light-colored vinegar, to taste
  • Fresh herbs, to taste

1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook 5 minutes, or until soft. Add cumin and garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in greens. Cook 5 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.

2. Stir in black beans, quinoa, carrots, turnip, zucchini (or whatever other veg you wish, *minus* the tomatoes) and 1.75 c water. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. If there is excess cooking liquid, carefully strain most of it from the pan.

3. Stir in 1 cup cheese, followed by the tomatoes. Generously season with salt and pepper to taste. Add a splash of your favorite vinegar (sherry or white wine would be good here) and some fresh herbs (chives, cilantro or parsley would be yummy).  Delicious hot or cold.


One response to “Quinoa and Black Bean ‘Salad’

  1. Fabulous- thanks for this great recipe!!!

    Sent from my iPad

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