Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Jill's Quinoa and Black Beans

Well, my sister informed me that I was pronouncing quinoa wrong, so I decided to look it up. :) Shocker!! We were both right! It can be either Keen-wah and kwin-noah. That is my interesting tid bit for you all. ;) Anyhow, this recipe came from my friend Jill. She has given me a number of recipes and I gotta say they sure are yummy! This is another alternate protein meal and my family loved it! Andy's description of it was best. He said it tasted really fresh and I agree! Here it is folks! Easy to make and super tasty and fresh!


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth (I dunno what was up with my quinoa, but I had to use an entire box of broth for it to cook all the way...so heads up maybe some uses more and takes longer to cook.)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin (I like a lot of this, so I used 2)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Chopped tomatoes (you can leave these out if you want)


  1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute until lightly browned.
  2. Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes,(again, mine took more like 30)
  3. Stir frozen corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through. Mix in the black beans and cilantro until beans are warmed through and serve topped with fresh tomatoes!


  1. Glad you guys liked it! It's become a staple around here; I make it about every other week. :)

  2. Yay I found your blog!!! Can't wait to try out some of these dishes :) I have a blog too, and am going to try to be more diligent about it :) Hugs!!