1 tsp Olive Oil
1 Small Onion, chopped
1 TBLS Garlic, Minced
1 C uncooked Quinoa, rinsed (I prefer tri-color for this recipe)
2 C Water (You can also use chicken or vegetable broth, or water seasoned w/ bullion)
1 tsp Ground Cumin
1/4 tsp Paprika
Salt and pepper to taste
1-2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (optional)
1 Can Black Beans, drained
1 C Frozen Corn
Optional Toppings - cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, salsa, cilantro
2. While the quinoa is cooking, chop the chicken and saute in a skillet with a bit of oil until browned (you may add whatever spices you want to the chicken - I always change it up - some poultry seasoning, salt and pepper, lemon pepper, etc). I also like to add a splash or two (or three) of white wine to the chicken. When the chicken is browned, add the can of black beans and cup of corn. Mix together and heat through.
3. When the quinoa is done cooking, it's time to eat!
Serve it simple with just a bowl and a bit of cheese.
-Obviously, if you don't eat meat or don't have any on hand, you can omit the chicken. I just love to eat meat and add a little in whenever possible
-If you want to make this a one pot meal, saute the chicken in the pot first, remove, then continue with the rest of the steps. When the quinoa is done cooking, add the chicken, black beans, and corn in and heat through.
-I never thought to season my quinoa before - but what a delightfully tasty difference it makes! I'll definitely be doing this from now on.
Not only is this dish delicious and super easy to make, it's incredibly healthy! It yields 4 hearty sized portions, and, depending on your toppings, comes in at around 200calories/serving. Here's a great site where you can enter in a recipe and serving size and it tells you all the nutritional info.