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Quinoa and Black Beans


  • Prep Time : 10 min
  • Cook Time : 20 min
  • Ready Time : 30 min




  • 1 cup quinoa (you may have to rinse it first depending on the kind you buy)
  • 2 teaspoons and 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small or ½ of a large red onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced (can substitute yellow or orange)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (seeds and ribs removed), finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, rinsed well and drained
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 large lemon plus ½ of its zest
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Cook 1 cup of quinoa according to the package directions. While the quinoa is cooking add 2 teaspoons of olive oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the garlic, onion, red pepper and jalapeno with the turmeric, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of cracked pepper. Continue to cook until vegetables are softened – about 7 to 8 minutes stirring frequently.

To make the dressing, whisk together the zest of half the lemon, the juice of the whole lemon with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, ½ teaspoon of salt and some cracked pepper.

Once the quinoa is cooked, combine in a large bowl with the cooked vegetables, a can of rinsed black beans, chopped cilantro, parsley and dressing. Toss until all ingredients are mixed well.

Note: This can be served as a main dish or side dish; hot, cold or room temperature.

About Mekhal Kramer


Micky is a busy mom, home cook, foodie and blog writer.  She strives to provide easy, delicious and health conscious recipes to readers on her blog, Test My Recipes.  In addition to posting recipes, she also writes food themed articles.  Micky's comes from a long line of fantastic and creative cooks and  loves to share her take on her family's recipes along with her own creations. She firmly believes that food can bring people together and be the basis for lasting memories

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