Quinoa. You've seen it in the stores, and (if you're like me) wondered how to pronounce it, let alone prepare it. Wonder no more. KEEN-wah. Simple. Delicious. Highly nutritious. And did you know you can buy it for a great price at Costco? Yes, ma'am!

I made my first batch a few years ago and had a hard time adjusting to the taste. A couple months ago, I tried this Quinoa salad here and loved it. Now that dairy is a thing of the past, I was in search for another quinoa recipe.

I was more than amply satisfied. Perfecto! So here you go, adapted from the recipe here.

Quinoa and Black Bean Pilaf

1-3 Tbsp. water
1 onion, chopped
4-5 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth 
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. cayenne
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 cup organic frozen corn kernels
2 (15 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  1. Add a thin layer of water to a medium sized pot. Stir in onions and garlic. "Saute" about 2-3 minutes until onion is translucent.
  2. Add quinoa to the pan and cover with vegetable broth. Add cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Turn heat off. Add corn, beans, and cilantro.
You'll love how versatile this recipe is. It tastes great hot or cold. So whip up a batch and pack it in your lunch tomorrow! You won't be disappointed.