On the weekdays especially, we are all about simple, quick and easy meals.
And at dinner time, we often like to wind down with a big bowl of comfort food.
This meal checks all those boxes (at least for my husband and me– as both of us could live on grain and bean dishes!)
This entire dish comes together in 30 minutes — less if you cook the quinoa ahead of time and is essentially made with 5 real whole foods plus lots of spices, some avocado oil and vegetable broth. The five main ingredients are canned black beans, red onions, cherry tomatoes, quinoa, jalapeno.
The Cuban Black Beans are Vegetarian (or actually vegan!) and come together in 10 minutes. All you do it quickly sauté diced red onion with cumin, oregano and cayenne (optional but recommended), and lots of garlic. The onion mix is set aside, the beans heated with vegetable broth and then the onion mix is added back in.
That’s it! And it is warming, hearty and flavorful.
For the quinoa, we prefer plain quinoa but have given a seasoned option for those that want more flavor.
And the fresh salsa is simply grape or cherry tomatoes, diced red onion and very finely diced jalapeño.
Don’t be afraid of the jalapeño — it is deseeded and very finely chopped so it isn’t spicy but add great crunch and flavor.
For serving, start with a bowl of quinoa, top with the warm beans and then the fresh salsa. Pair with avocado or for the omnivores in your family, it pairs well with grilled chicken.
Fresh tasting, flavorful and so satisfying!
And while the entire meal comes together in less than 30 minutes, you could speed it up even more by cooking the quinoa ahead of time, dicing the red onion and jalapeño earlier in the day, or even just making the beans while the quinoa cooks. So many short cuts for a quick and easy dinner!
Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Today.
Hope you love it as much as we do!
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