Avocado, Red Pepper, & Black Bean Quinoa

Avocado, Red Pepper, & Black Bean Quinoa

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  • Prep:
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total: 15 min
  • Serving: Serves 4

This healthy avocado, red pepper, and black bean quinoa recipe makes a delicious, light lunch or dinner.

Although not a common item in most kitchens today, quinoa is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked. Quinoa is available in your local health food stores throughout the year.

Most commonly considered a grain, quinoa is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables like spinach and Swiss chard. It is a recently rediscovered ancient "grain" once considered "the gold of the Incas."

The key to using quinoa is to rinse it first. That washes away the hint of bitterness that can come with this grain, leaving a pleasant, adaptable food. Also, you should know that this grain is very filling so a little will go a long way.

Ready to give it a try?

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups vegetable stock or broth
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the quinoa, the vegetable stock or broth, and the olive oil. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in the avocado, red pepper, black beans, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Serve immediately.

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