Posts Tagged ‘ Black Beans ’

Summer Quinoa Salad

Today we have been invited to an impromptu barbeque and as always it is up to me to bring my own main course.  This is fine, actually preferred.  However, today I am not in the mood for a veggie burger or hot dog.  In reality  I could go for a hot dog but I only like Morningstar Farms brand and I can’t seem to find them lately.  I will have to find out if they’ve been discontinued or not.  Does anyone know?

Back to tonights dinner.  I decided to throw (literally) together a quinoa salad for my main course but made enough to share. This way others can try it as a side dish and see that eating veg isn’t some kind of self punishment.  The only time requirement for this recipe is the 20 or so minutes it takes to cook the quinoa and corn on the cobb.

Ingredients

1 Cup uncooked Quinoa

2 Ears of corn boiled or grilled (or similar amount frozen and thawed)

3 Plum tomato’s chopped

1 Small onion diced

1 Can black beans rinsed and drained

1 Lemon zested and juiced

Approximately 1/4 cup olive oil

Salt, pepper, cumin to taste

A few sprigs of thyme, fresh basil and 2 lemon balm leaves if available

Directions

Place quinoa and 2 cups of water in a small saucepan and bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes

Cut corn from husks and add to cooked quinoa

Add diced tomato and onion as well and black beans

Add olive oil, lemon juice and zest

Chop fresh herbs and add, then salt and pepper to taste

Chill in fridge for a couple of hours prior to serving

Black Bean Corn Salad

I hope someone is still reading this.  I apologize for the time span between posts.  My family life has been kind of hectic and I’ve either been eating take out or cooking the same old recipes over and over again.  I need to plan more time in the kitchen as it really helps me recharge myself.  Yesterday being Mother’s Day meant I had my family over and did some simple cooking.  Chipolte veggie burgers for my son and I, burgers and hot dogs for the rest.  I am very upset at not being able to find Morningstar Hotdogs lately.  They are the only veggie dogs I like, however I am open to recommendations for another brand if you have a favorite.  I’m digressing as usual.  Here is an easy recipe for a favorite side dish of mine.  I can easily eat it as a main dish over a little brown rice or quinoa.

Salad ingredients

1 can black beans rinsed and drained

1 pint cherry tomato’s quartered

4 ears of corn cooked (I prefer on the grill)

Dressing Ingredients

zest of 1 large or 2 small limes

1/3 cup lime juice

1/4 cup agave nectar

1/4 cup olive oil

salt pepper

1-2 teaspoons chopped cilantro or coriander (I use Vietnamese Coriander, it’s easier to grow)

In a bowl combine all 3 salad ingredients

In a separate bowl combine the dressing ingredients whisking well and seasoning to taste

Combine salad and dressing and refrigerate for a couple of hours