Quinoa & Black Beans 2

quinoa finished

This recipe is so healthy for you and tastes so good.  I ate it 4 days in a row and did not get tired of it.  This is going to be part of my weekly dinner rotation.  This recipe is only 5 Points Plus per 1 cup serving and is full of protein and fiber.  If you want to learn more about the health benefits of quinoa click on the link below:


quinoa ingredients

Ingredients (I forgot to include vegetable oil)

saute onion and garlic

Saute onions and garlic in vegetable oil.

add quinoa and broth

Add quinoa and vegetable broth.

add spices

Add cayenne pepper, cumin, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.

add corn

Add corn.  Simmer for 5 more minutes.

add cilantro and black beans

Add cilantro and black beans and simmer 2 minutes.

quinoa finished

So easy!  I think the hardest part of this recipe was cutting the cilantro.

Quinoa & Black Beans (Source: http://www.allrecipes.com)



1 teaspoon vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped

3/4 cup uncooked quinoa

1  1/2 cups vegetable broth

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I used about an 1/8th.)

salt and pepper to taste

1 cup frozen corn kernels

2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilanto


Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute until lightly browned.

Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.

Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.

Stir frozen corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through.

Mix in the black beans and cilantro.

Nutrition Information for 1 serving (Recipe yields 6 one-cup servings)

Protein: 11 grams

Calories: 228

Carbohydrates: 40 grams

Fiber: 8 grams

Fat: 3 grams

Weight Watchers Points Plus for 1 serving- 5 pp

2 thoughts on “Quinoa & Black Beans

  1. Reply Jessica Jan 15,2014 4:30 PM

    This recipe was amazing! Even my husband (who was not thrilled I was making it) loved it and asked for thirds!!!

  2. Reply Judy Jan 24,2014 6:16 PM

    I LOVED this recipe!! Will make it often, that’s for sure. Thanks.

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