Monday, April 18, 2011

protein packed

i am always looking for new, fun recipes using protein packed whole grains like quinoa. i stumbled upon this fresh and easy black bean and tomato quinoa and found it to be the perfect side dish for a healthy mexican meal. i paired it with martha stewart's cayenne-rubbed chicken with avocado salsa bringing a little heat to the table!!

  • ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 (14- to 15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


whisk together lime zest and juice, butter, oil, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4teaspoon pepper in a large bowl.
wash quinoa in 3 changes of cold water in a bowl, draining in a sieve each time.
cook quinoa in a medium pot of boiling salted water (1 tablespoon salt for 2 quarts water), uncovered, until almost tender, about 10 minutes. drain in sieve, then set sieve in same pot with 1 inch of simmering water (water should not touch bottom of sieve). cover quinoa with a folded kitchen towel, then cover sieve with a lid (don't worry if lid doesn't fit tightly) and steam over medium heat until tender, fluffy, and dry, about 10 minutes. remove pot from heat and remove lid. let stand, still covered with towel, 5 minutes.
add quinoa to dressing and toss until dressing is absorbed, then stir in remaining ingredients and salt and pepper to taste.

(i actually didn't do the steaming part of the quinoa and just prepared it according to the package. everything turned out just fine.)


{recipe via epicurious}


  1. Um, that sounds delicious! We have that huge bag of quinoa from Costco and it sounds like a good recipe to make! Thanks sis!

  2. I think I have all these ingredients in my fridge/pantry. I will have to make it this week!

  3. I've made something similiar also adding corn and bell pepper and instead of butter use olive oil and red wine vinegar! So good with Chipotle Black Bean burgers from Costco and sliced avocado!

  4. Elle!

    I have been looking for recipes involving quinoa for some time now and this looked delicious. I made the whole menu tonight, Martha's chicken included, and it was a hit! I added a few cloves of garlic to the quinoa dish and it turned out awesome. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Molly Schapker