My 10 year old daughter asked me to PLEASE give this dish a 5 star review. I agree, so here it is! I took the advise of other reviewers and added just one can of black beans, which was perfect for us. One reviewer said she used paprika instead of cayenne so her young child would eat it. I added both, and loved the addition of paprika! I probably used a 1/2 tsp, maybe a bit more. I also took the advise of other reviewers who waited to add the garlic until about 1/2 way through cooking the onion. I also added the quinoa to toast a bit before adding the spices, then finally, the liquid. Yummy toasty flavors developed this way. I baked 3 chicken breasts in balsamic vinaigrette (Costco Kirkland brand) for 30 minutes while I prepared the quinoa dish. I cut up the chicken into bit size pieces, and lightly tossed it into the quinoa dish. I served it in bowls and topped with grated cheddar cheese, sour cream and salsa. Easy dish! done in 40 minutes tops!
Next time I would add sliced avocado as a garnish per my daughters request. Honestly, there are so many great ways you could vary this dish.
Thank you so much for sharing this economical, easy and tasty recipe! That meets all of my criteria for the perfect dinner! We had no left overs, but I think the dish would be great for lunch the next day.
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My 10 year old daughter asked me to PLEASE give this dish a 5 star review. I agree, so here it...