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Recipe For Carrot Quinoa With Black Beans

Healthy Dinner: Carrot Quinoa With Black Beans

Possibly due to its status as an ancient grain, cooking quinoa can seem a bit intimidating. But after a thorough rinse, it's a cinch to cook and I have an easy, delicious recipe for you to try. Once you start cooking with quinoa, I have a feeling you'll be making it all the time. Low in both saturated fat and cholesterol, this recipe can be enjoyed as a main or side dish, and it's jam-packed with fiber and protein. This is the pared-down version of the dish, made with carrots and black beans, but you can experiment by adding other veggies like broccoli and peppers, or by using kidney or adzuki beans instead.

Recipe For Carrot Quinoa With Beans

Ingredients

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 bouillon cube
1 cup raw carrots, sliced
15-ounce can of black beans, rinsed

Directions

  1. Place the quinoa and two cups of water in a covered pot on high heat. Once it starts boiling, add the bouillon cube, keep covered, and lower heat to simmer.
  2. After 10 minutes, add the raw carrots and cover the pot. Cook for another two to five minutes, or until the germ separates from the seed (you'll see little half-circle tails).
  3. Remove from heat, stir in the black beans, and enjoy warm or cold.

Makes four servings.

Calories Sat. Fat (g) Sodium (mg) Carbs (g) Fiber (g) Protein (g)
1 cup quinoa, uncooked 626 1.2 9 109 11.9 24
1 bouillon cube 5 0 960 1 0 0
1 cup carrots 52 0 88 12.3 3.6 1.2
15 ounces black beans 360 0 49 58.8 19.6 22.9
Total (1/4 of recipe) 260 .3 276 45 8.8 12

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amber512 amber512 5 years
Don't let the uncooked quinoa stats scare you! It triples in size once cooked. Trust me, you'd never want to eat that much quinoa! =)
jessfish25 jessfish25 5 years
I was discouraged from eating quinoa at first because of the calorie content too until I realized the measurement was for uncooked quinoa! I love the grain & was so happy to allow it back into my diet by the half-cup-ful instead of the tablespoon-ful :0)
lauren lauren 5 years
I just had quinoa with asparagus, fava beans and english peas and a little pesto! Delicious and so filling!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
That looks good.
threadhunter threadhunter 5 years
i just looked up the quinoa calorie count b/c that number [626] blew my mind. 1 cup cooked quinoa appears to be about 200 cals. - http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/10352/2
darc5204 darc5204 5 years
missyd, that's one cup uncooked, and way more than one person should eat. most estimates I've seen are less than 200 calories per serving.
missyd missyd 5 years
ONE CUP OF QUINOA has 626 calories????? Thats INSANE!!!!!!!! how is that even possible? Guess what I'm never eating again. Holy calorific.
Advah Advah 5 years
Psychic! Cooking quinoa right now :P
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