mexican quinoa

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After two straight days of writing {decks, strategies, articles}, I found myself lying on my floor, fearing the computer screen. I’m keeping it quiet around these parts today, with the exception of a fun group workout tonight, but know that I Hoovered this quinoa like it was my last meal on earth. The dish is the gift that keeps on giving. Also, cheese.

INGREDIENTS: Recipe courtesy of Kitchen Simplicity, with slight tweaks. Snaps to Hitha for the lead.
2 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp fresh garlic, minced
1/2 tsp cumin
Pinch of kosher salt
1 large jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well and drained
1¼ cups chicken broth
1 can (1½ cups) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup corn {I used frozen corn and let it sit on the counter for an hour}
½ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, optional
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 quarter of a lime, juiced

DIRECTIONS
Add the olive oil to a medium-sized pot set over medium heat. Add garlic, cumin, jalapeños and a pinch of kosher salt to the pan and stir until combined and fragrant {30 seconds to a minute}.

Mix in the quinoa, broth, beans, corn, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until quinoa is cooked and liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro, cheese and lime juice. Spoon into bowls and serve with sour cream, tortillas, tomatoes, the lot!

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4 thoughts on “mexican quinoa

  1. I just made this (using the original recipe) tonight and it was SO FREAKING GOOD. I was wondering why mine looked different from your photos though and realized that you omitted the tomatoes. Interesting! Might have to try it your way next time. But definitely making again. Maybe tomorrow. It was so, so good.

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    1. OMG, Alyssa. This was SO. DAMN. GOOD. I’m going to set aside the fact that I got violently ill from the cheese (dairy allergy), but this quinoa is the best dish I’ve made in months.

      Re: tomatoes. I actually don’t like tomatoes unless they’re roasted or pulverized in a sauce. It’s a texture thing :)

      Warmly, f.

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