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Mexican Quinoa and Beans with Pico de Gallo

Mexican Quinoa and Beans with Pico de Gallo

While I was enjoying my first batch of Mexican quinoa as a side dish I was thinking that it would also make for a great main dish if you bulked it up a bit. One thing that I commonly like to do with quinoa is to combine it with beans and the combination of the two gives any meatless dish a bunch of protein. I figured that mixing some black beans or kidney beans into the Mexican quinoa near the end of cooking it would be a nice and simple way to do it. Although things were sounding good already I was thinking, why stop there when you could top it all off with with some salsa or a freshly home made pico de gallo? I was perfectly satisfied with things like this but some crumbled queso fresco would also be nice on top.

Mexican Quinoa and Beans with Pico de Gallo

Mexican quinoa with beans topped with a fresh pico de gallo salsa makes for a tasty and healthy light meal.


Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Printable Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 batch Mexican quinoa, warm
  • 1 (14 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 batch pico de gallo
  • 1 handful queso fresco or feta, crumbled (optional)
Directions
  1. Mix the Mexican quinoa into the beans and serve topped with pico de gallo topped with crumbled queso fresco.

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16 comments:

Bev Weidner said...

Looks like we were both craving black quinoa today!

http://bevcooks.com/2011/07/indian-spiced-yellow-wax-beans-with-black-quinoa/

I'm going the Mexican route next time!

Kelly's Kitchen said...

Quinoa is one of my favorite dishes. I've never considered taking this route- looks absolutely delicious! Can't wait to try it out!

Heidi @ Food Doodles said...

Looks delicious! Love the pico de gallo, I can't get enough of that stuff when I make it. I actually just posted a recipe of yours today(tex-mex corn fritters?) that I made all last summer and just wanted to say thank you because I love it :D

nhlgeezer said...

Kevin, I've started a similar blog to this one. I know it's got a super long way to go. Do you have any pointers or advise you can give me so I might have a succesful blog one day? Thanks! http://whatiscookingnow.blogspot.com

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Very healthy and so enjoyable!

Cheers,

Rosa

Dawn said...

Hmm...I didn't think you could improve on the Mexican Quinoa but this might just be. Printing this one for next week too.

Kristy Lynn said...

you know, whenever my bloglovin roll comes up i can always tell what your recipes are before i even look at the source (yes, i look at the pictures first)... you have a real "brand" - and i mean that in a good way.

this looks great, as always.

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

Quinoa is like a secret weapon - really good for you and delicious. Served like this it would be a winner!
Mary

miri leigh said...

Great healthy recipe......love pico de gallo! Thanks for posting.

Pam said...

This looks quite delicious. Pico de gallo is among my all-time favorite foods (so long as there is a lot of cilantro in it!). Your combination of the quinoa and beans with the pico de gallo looks unbeatable. Thanks.

Jan said...

Love it - looks delish!

Fresh Garden said...

Wow! Wonderful!
Delightful and yummy!

homegrown countrygirl said...

Kevin, Great idea! Thank you for sharing this!

vanillasugar said...

i've just started liking quinoa. i always thought it was crappy tasting but it was not. i like to kick it up a few notches with add in's just like this. i did a stir fry once with eggs and Asian spices--very good.

Nicole said...

That looks really nice! Quinoa is so healthy too.

Anonymous said...

I love quinoa, but even the recipe is very Mexican, the quinoa is not, it is from the Andean countries like, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador.

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