One Fast Dinner

by Kelli H. on June 28, 2011

Since David’s been taking summer classes I have to get dinner done more quickly when I get home.  It hasn’t been easy since 2 out of those 3 days he has to leave early, I’m also coming home later.  I threw this recipe together tonight. Super easy and super tasty!
You could also easily add an avocado to the mix and I think that would be delicious! 
This might be too light of a meal for some men but it definitely works as a side dish or a rather light meal.
Quinoa Salad with Black Beans
Loosely Adapted From Oh She Glows
1 c uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 1/4 c chicken broth or water
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1 jalapeno, diced
1 c fresh or defrosted frozen corn
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 clove garlic, minced
3 T lime juice
1/4 c olive oil
1/2 t cumin
fresh chopped cilantro
1.  Bring 1 1/4 cup chicken broth to a boil in a medium pot.  Add 1 cup rinsed quinoa to the pot and bring back up to a simmer.  Lower heat and cover for 15 minutes.  Fluff with a fork and let cool down about 5 minutes. 
2.  In a large bowl add red bell pepper, green onions, jalapeno (ribs and seeds removed if you aint a fan of the spice!), corn, and black beans.  
3.  In a small bowl combine garlic, lime juice, S&P,  and cumin.  Whisk in the olive oil.  
4.  Add cooked quinoa to the bowl of veggies and toss with dressing.
Although, I didn’t use cilantro, if I had it on hand I totally would have thrown that in the mix.  Regardless, it was delicious sans cilantro.  
I’ve been trying to sub quinoa anytime a recipe calls for couscous, pearled couscous, or even rice.  It actually works out great and it’s better for you. 
Are you down with quinoa?
I really want to try the black quinoa they sell at Whole Foods!

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Alicia @ AliGirl Cooks June 28, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I love quinoa. One of my favorite ways to use it is to put together a big “salad” with quinoa and veggies to take for lunch all week long.


Made in Sonoma June 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

@Alicia @ AliGirl Cooks
It works great like that and keeps me pretty full too! 🙂


my little celebration June 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm

I’m down with quinoa :D. BUT, I don’t hardly ever make it b/c I don’t think my husband’s a fun. He likes to stick to “normal” grains like rice and bread :D.


Cait's Plate June 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I LOVE quinoa. I just bought a big bag of it last week!

This dish looks fab.


The Slow Roasted Italian June 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Honestly I have never tried Quiona. Your salad looks so good I think I am going to put it on my list.


Made in Sonoma June 29, 2011 at 1:45 am

@The Slow Roasted Italian
You definitely have to try it! I’m going to post a recipe soon that mixes orzo and quinoa together in the same dish. It’s really tasty!


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