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Quinoa Experiment

So last night I tried a new food!  For the first time I tried cooking with quinoa. It's been called a super-food--a grain that's also a complete protein. I found a recipe online and adapted it, and must say it worked out great! Now I don't really pay attention to specific measurements when I cook, so this is just an approximation. Kitty's Black Beans & Quinoa Sautee half of an onion,  1 1/2 cloves garlic, and one small sliced zucchini in around a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add a little more than a quarter cup of uncooked quinoa, 1 cup chicken broth, a couple of tablespoons of Fiesta Lime Mrs. Dash. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for around 20 minutes. Then add in 1/2 cup frozen corn and cook five minutes longer. Then add one can black beans (rinsed and drained) and less than a quarter cup chopped cilantro. Cook a minute or two to warm beans and serve! Yum yum! I used Ancient Harvest Organic Quinoa from Woodmans, which is a quick cooking type that does not require rinsing. If you don' t have Mrs. Dash, just add cumin and cayenne, which is what the original recipe called for. And you can add more cilantro if you want..I just don't like things getting too cilantro-y.

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05/04/2011 6:26AM
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05/07/2011 4:15AM
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Black beans...and rice..Black beans...and rice..Black beans...and rice..Cuban style!.... You kind of have to picture me singing this and doing a little happy dance because this is tasty and easy .....You can use dry black beans in any recipe that calls for canned. If youre simmering add liquid water or broth so that theres about an inch of liquid above the beans. You can omit the chorizo.....Soaking the beans overnight will ensure creamy evenly cooked beans.
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