Cilantro Lime Black Bean Quinoa

mmmm mmm mmmm…..quinoa.

At first I didn’t know what to really think about this little grain (it’s pretty weird). All I knew was that it needed some flavor, and if you’ve had quinoa before, I think you would agree. Luckily I stumbled across a recipe (on this wonderful blog) and kind of tweeked it to make it my own. This meal is prefect for the cooler weather and is hearty enough to eat for dinner alone.  We eat it at least a couple times a month and love it every time! And I think you will too.

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You will be happy to know that it doesn’t take much to make this pretty meal:

1 Tbsp. Olive oil

1/3 cup of red onion. chooped.

1 large clove of garlic. minced.

1 cup of quinoa. rinsed.

2 cups of water

2 15 oz. cans of black beans. drained and rinsed.

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. paprika

3 Tbsp. chopped cilantro

1 lime

Any kind of Cheese (optional)

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Begin by combining 1 cup of your pre washed quinoa with 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then immediately place a lid on and bring the temperature down to Low for about 15 minutes.

In the meantime, get out that knife and do some chopping (I hate chopping garlic, but it must be done). Heat the oil over medium heat and add the onion. Sautee for about two minutes until it is a light brown color and then add the minced garlic and continue to heat for another minute or two. Give it a good stir every now and then.

Drain and rinse 2 cans of black beans, then add to the onion-garlic mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook beans for about 5 minutes, while stirring. Now, to spice it up (literally). Add chili powder, cumin, paprika and salt and pepper while the beans are cooking. And stir.

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By now, your quinoa should be pretty much done. Remove it from the heat when the 15 minutes are up. Add in 1/2 of the juice from the lime and 2 Tbsp. of chopped cilantro.

Remove beans from heat after 5 minutes. Add the other half of the lime juice and 1 Tbsp. of chopped cilantro.

Fill your bowl up with some quinoa and layer the beans on top. If you feel like having fun, you can add a little sprankle of cheese on top (also delicious with some fresh avocado).

And there you have it! A quick and healthy weeknight meal, which you will most definitely get leftovers from if there are only two of you eating! The only thing I love more than a good dinner, is not having to cook another good dinner the next night. So leftovers are awesome. Enjoy!

xo Ashley

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