Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Trying something new - Quinoa and Black Beans

From Love Antiaging
Several times during our runs and discussions of menus, etc., Sarah has mentioned quinoa.  I hadn't really heard about this food item many times before meeting her.  When I did hear about it, I tended to just smile and continue about my business.  I guess growing up in a small, southern town predisposed me to eating rice, pasta, potatoes, and such with my dinner.  While I will never lose my love of rice and potatoes, I think I may have found a new favorite! 
The past few months, the hubs and I have worked hard to find new foods, new recipes, and new methods for preparing our old standbys.  I spend a lot of time searching websites, food blogs, and asking friends for recipes.  Every week, I try to throw at least one new recipe into the mix.  While we eat dinner, we talk about the things we like and/or don't like about the new item, ways we can tweak it to make it better/different, etc.

Tonight the star of the show was quinoa and black beans.  I came across this recipe on AllRecipes and saved it to my recipe box on the site.  When seeking inspiration for a side dish for our grilled chicken tonight, it seemed to be just the right thing.  

From left:  Quinoa and Black Beans; 1/2 Grilled Chicken Breast;
Green Giant SteamFresh Italian Blend veggies
From AllRecipes - "Whether you're trying quinoa for the first time or just trying a new recipe for quinoa, this mixture of quinoa, black beans, corn, and spices will make this dish a new favorite." 

The hubs and I totally agree!  This quinoa recipe has earned its place in our regular side dish rotation.  We are looking forward to trying more quinoa recipes soon!

What's your favorite way to prepare quinoa?


  1. I've tried a couple different ways but haven't found a favorite yet...I may have to try this one! Thanks for sharing!! :0)

  2. Until I started reading your blog I had never heard of it. May have to give it try.

  3. I LOOOOOVE quinoa, my son loves quinoa and black beans :) he loves corn too, i am definately giving this recipe a whirl!