Quinoa and Black Beans
I normally try to make every recipe as stated the first time THEN modify, but I'd already started when I realized I didn't have it all. My imagination is good enough to know I would've still rated this 5 stars, because my variations = 6!!
Here are some things I had to do that might be tips if you find yourself in a similar bind (some due to suggestions of other reviewers - thank you!).
I did not have vegetable broth (though I'd thought I did). I didn't do chicken broth & tomato juice from canned tomatoes, I did do chicken broth with black bean and corn salsa. I also upped the quantity of liquid to what the quinoa box said (vs the recipe).
I added lime juice because it seems like a sin to use cumin without it, also added adobo and chipotle. I only had Red Inca Quinoa.
I also only had freeze dried garlic and red onion, so I used a hefty one.
I didn't have enough black beans so used a can of chick peas. Hubby liked them - I wish I had used less because, and I can't believe I'm saying this, the quinoa itself was the star. 1 can of black beans was probably okay, the corn was great (I LOVED having added salsa and even added more - gave great depth) but I started to get mad at the chick peas for getting between me and this delicious, delicious quinoa.
Last time I made quinoa we HATED it, and we're both health nuts and decent cooks, so we didn't have high hopes.
This. Was. Awesome.
It's going to be a new staple in our house! SO good, cheap, and healthy!
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Feb. 25, 2012