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Recipe of the Week: Black Bean and Tomato Quinoa

September 14, 2010

So, I’ve decided to start posting a recipe of the week. My husband and I are starting to get a little more adventurous in the kitchen, and we want to be able to share some of the good ones we have found.  This week, I am featuring a recipe we adapted from one found at epicurous.com.  It is a dish that can be served as a light lunch or as a side dish.  It is served cold, so better for warmer weather.

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons grated lime zest
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup quinoa (usually found in organic section of the grocery store)
1 (14- to 15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14- to 15-ounce) can yellow corn, rinsed and drained
2 medium tomatoes, diced
4 scallions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Whisk together lime zest and juice, butter, oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4teaspoon pepper in a large bowl.

Wash quinoa in 3 changes of cold water in a bowl, draining in a sieve each time. (Quinoa seeds are covered with saponin, a resin-like substance that is extremely bitter so it must be rinsed to remove the saponin.0

Cook quinoa in a medium pot of boiling salted water (1 tablespoon salt for 2 quarts water), uncovered, until almost tender, about 10 minutes. Drain in sieve, then set sieve in same pot with 1 inch of simmering water (water should not touch bottom of sieve). Cover and steam over medium heat until tender, fluffy, and dry, about 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat and remove lid. Let stand and cool for 5 minutes.

Add quinoa to dressing and toss until dressing is absorbed, then stir in remaining ingredients and salt and pepper to taste.

Never heard of quinoa?  Quinoa is billed as a grain, but it’s actually a high-protein, gluten-free, super-nutritious seed that is as tasty and versatile as it is healthy. The quinoa seed is high in protein, calcium, and iron, and is a relatively good source of vitamin E and several of the B vitamins. It contains an almost perfect balance of all eight essential amino acids needed for tissue development in humans.

Hope you enjoy!  And leave a comment to let me know if you like it or have any suggestions to change it up a bit!

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