If you’re in a rut when it comes to thinking of recipes for side dishes, then I hope this recipe is of some use to you. This is a really simple side dish, that is healthy, and can pair nicely with many types of mains.
Quinoa is a protein-packed grain and is so versatile. It’s such a great alternative to rice. Not only is quinoa delicious on it’s own, it can also be mixed with a variety of different ingredients to make for some really yummy recipes.
In this recipe, I’ve chosen to add black beans for and extra boost of protein, but feel free to choose a bean of your choice or remove these altogether.
The sautéd onion and garlic, with the bouillon, add such a great flavour base to this dish. A chicken bouillon cube was used in this recipe, however feel free to use a bouillon cube of your choice, such as a vegetarian bouillon to make this dish vegetarian-friendly.
To cook the quinoa, you want to bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat to Medium-Low. You will then bring the water down to a simmer, cover your pot and wait about 15 minutes until the quinoa is tender and the liquid has absorbed.
When ready, you want to remove the pot from heat and let the quinoa stand for a few minutes. Be sure to fluff your quinoa with a fork prior to serving.
And that’s it, all done in one pot, in such a short time!
We often have this side dish at our house for dinner, and I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!
QUINOA AND BLACK BEANS
- 1 cup uncooked organic whole grain quinoa, rinsed
- 1 can (19 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 chicken bouillon cube (or your choice of bouillon)
- 2 cups water
Heat oil in a medium size pot on Medium-High heat. Once hot, add onion and garlic. Stir and sauté for 2 minutes, until onion becomes translucent. Add bouillon cube and stir continuously until it dissolves. Add beans, quinoa and water, stirring continuously as you go until all is blended well.
- Let water come to a boil, then reduce heat to Medium-Low. Cover pot and simmer until quinoa is tender and liquid is absorbed (about 15 minutes).
- Remove from heat and let stand for a few minutes. Fluff with a fork prior to serving.
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