How to Cook an Unfamiliar Food Like Quinoa in an Easy Recipe


Have you been searching for a new healthy meal recipe? Here’s one your family is going to enjoy!

Cook This Easy Quinoa Recipe Tonight

The “Don’t lose this recipe” response from my husband told me this dish had a new home…mine! I’ve made a few tweaks to the original recipe, so without further ado…

Scrumptious Black Bean, Corn & Quinoa Trio


  • 1 T Olive oil
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ cup Quinoa, uncooked
  • 1 ½ cups Vegetable broth, low-sodium
  • 1 t Ground cumin
  • ¼ t Cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup Cilantro, fresh & chopped
  • 1 15oz can Corn kernels low sodium, drained
  • 2 15oz cans Black beans, rinsed & drained, low-
  • sodium


  1. Sauté onion and garlic in the olive oil until onions are clear and tender.
  2. Add quinoa, vegetable broth, cumin, and cayenne pepper to sautéed mixture.
  3. Bring mixture to a boil, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in corn, beans, and cilantro.
  5. Cook for an additional 5 minutes on low to marry the flavors.

I served this recipe as my main dish with corn chips, salsa and a dollop of guacamole. It would work great as a side dish to Power Up any plate.

Nutritional data:

Yield: 4 Servings

Serving: 1 3/4 cup

Calories 350 | Fat 6g | Sodium 450mg | Total Carb 67g | Dietary Fiber 14g | Protein 15g

Use Quinoa Instead of Rice

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wa”) may sounds a little exotic, but it’s cooked the same way as rice.

While brown rice is a great choice, quinoa is even better. Quinoa is a fiber powerhouse, a great source of calcium, packed with protein, gluten-free, and for those with blood sugar issues, low-glycemic. If you’re trying to incorporate healthier foods in your diet, this is the one to try next.

Live on the edge! Give quinoa a chance. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to cook.

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