Looking for a tasty alternative to black beans and rice? How about Black Beans and Quinoa?
It’s an easy, healthy and delicious, protein-rich dish that works equally well as a side or main dish. Serve it plain, or to fancy it up. “Top it with fresh tomato salsa and crumbled queso fresco or feta cheese,” as suggested in the recipe’s headnotes.
This recipe for black beans and quinoa is another winner from one of my favorite cookbooks, 5 Steps to Healthy Cooking: 500 Recipes for Lifelong Wellness by Camilla Saulsbury, which I’ve mentioned here several times. (My sister recently a copy. When I talked to her today she mentioned that she has dozens of post-it-notes marking recipes she’s planning to try. Is there a better cookbook endorsement?)
Skinny on Cumin Scented Black Beans and Quinoa
Light yet filling, this tasty cumin scented black beans and quinoa is the kind of dish I love to eat for lunch.
Recently I enjoyed it for lunch with half of a chopped up cooked turkey burger and some pico de gallo on top. It’s also yummy on a bed of greens with a little salsa and cheese.
According to my calculations each serving has 154 calories and *4 Weight Watchers Points plus. I think this works for Simply Filling too provided you don’t exceed your daily good health guidelines for healthy oils.
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1 red bell pepper chopped
- 1-1/2 cups chopped white onions
- 3/4 cup quinoa rinsed well
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/4 cups water
- 1 can about 15 ounces black beans, rinsed well and drained
- 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves chopped, divided
In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the red pepper and onions and cook, stirring often, until slightly softened about 5 minutes.
Stir in the quinoa, cumin, chile powder, salt and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer until quinoa is barely tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in the beans and half the cilantro and simmer, uncovered, until the liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes.
Serve sprinkled with the remaining cilantro
*PointsPlus® for cumin scented black beans and quinoa calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
If you liked this black beans and quinoa recipe you might also like:
Camilla’s Lemony Lentil and Quinoa Salad (Simple Nourished Living)
Chicken Quinoa Salad with Dried Fruit (Simple Nourished Living)
Mediterranean Quinoa with Caramelized Onions (Everyday Maven)
Quinoa and Tomato Salad (Weight Watchers)
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