OK…now I know that not everyone is a fan of quinoa. The Hubby is not a fan at all, but it is healthy so therefore I keep trying.
There are so many reasons why but just a few are (according to this article)….
Quinoa is one of the best protein rich foods we can eat…I mean that protein rich foods are always a good idea.
Quinoa has a ton of fiber…like almost twice as much as other grains. Who doesn’t need fiber? Everyone needs fiber…so quinoa is a great option.
Quinoa contains iron…iron is always a positive thing to consume.
There are so many other reasons as well…it comes down to this little grainy thing is a great option to bring some yummy healthy into your life.
I love black beans. They have a creamy texture that is a great addition to the quinoa. Now I took the quick shortcut and used canned beans but you can cook your own if you wanted…but I will be honest I love canned black beans as much as the homemade version.
I also love how you can pair almost any flavor combo with black beans and they become even better than before. They are hands down my favorite bean…EVER!!
Just a side?
NO THIS IS NOT JUST A SIDE!! Yes, this makes a GREAT side dish. It is loaded with tons of flavor and texture but it is so much more. The beauty of this dish is that you can use it as a side dish or add a piece of protein to make it a main dish everyone will LOVE!!
My favorite way to make this a main dish is with a piece of roasted salmon drizzled with a little lime juice to make it even more fresh and vibrant…but it would also be great with chicken or pork tenderloin as well.
Trust me everyone will love this…
Black Bean & Quinoa Salad
A delicious quinoa salad with black beans and tons of flavor from the lime dressing making this a perfect salad for this summer.
In a large pot, with a tight fitting lid, melt butter over medium heat
Add in garlic and cook for 1 minute
Stir in drained quinoa and cook for another 1-2 minutes
Stir in chicken stock, chili powder & pepper
Bring mixture to a boil
Cover and reduce heat to a simmer, cooking for 12-15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed
Remove lid and fluff quinoa with a fork and let cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to make sure all liquid is absorbed
Pour quinoa into a large bowl
Stir in rinsed black beans
In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, lime juice & zest, mustard, salt & pepper
Pour over quinoa and beans, stirring to combine
Stir in 1/2 of the chopped cilantro
Top with remaining cilantro
Serve immediately, or chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to serve chilled. It is also good at room temperature
Each serving (about 1/2 cup) is 6 WW Smart Points
Calories 194 - Calories from Fat 72 - Total Fat 8 g - Saturated Fat 1.3 g - Monounsaturated Fat 5.5 g - Polyunsaturated Fat 1.2 g - Trans Fat 0 g - Cholesterol 1 g - Sodium 523 mg - Potassium 189 mg - Total Carbohydrate 24 g - Dietary Fiber 4 g - Sugars 0 g - Protein 6 g
Vitamin A 4 % - Vitamin C 5 % - Calcium 2 % - Iron 11 %