Quinoa is a whole grain that’s full of fiber and protein! Cook quinoa ahead of time and let cool before adding the remaining ingredients.
- 1-1/2 cups quinoa (cook according to package directions)
- 1 onion or 2 small shallots, chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground oregano
- 1/2 medium red or green bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup fresh or frozen organic corn kernels
- 1 (15-oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
- 2 Tbsp lime juice or apple cider vinegar
- In a medium pot, combine quinoa and water using the suggested amounts on the back of the package. Add onions or shallots, bay leaf, ground cumin, ground oregano, and Himalayan salt, and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, turn the heat down to simmer, cover the pot, and cook for 15 minutes. Let the pot stand covered for five minutes once the water has evaporated. Use a fork to fluff up the quinoa.
- Mix cooked quinoa with bell pepper, corn, beans, cilantro, cayenne pepper, and vinegar. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Many grains like quinoa (including brown rice, oats, barley, etc.) follow the same cooking method—one part grains is cooked in two parts water. For example, 1 cup of quinoa cooks in 2 cups of water. Some brands might be slightly different than others, so always check the instructions on the package before you start cooking. Quinoa can also be prepared in a rice cooker.