I love it when I find a recipe that after tasting it, I immediately know it will be a recipe that I will be making and enjoying often. This is one of those recipes. A staple.
It uses quinoa, a grain (a seed, actually) that is gluten free and high in protein. Quinoa contains all 9 essential amino acids making it a complete protein. The addition of beans in this recipe makes it super healthful and full of protein. It is a great example of how plant foods can be filling and make a full meal.
Quinoa is super easy to prepare. It is very much like making rice, 2 parts liquid to one part quinoa. The only difference is that you need to rinse quinoa to avoid a slight bitter taste.
Quinoa is super mild in flavor, and ends up taking on whatever flavor you add to it, again, much like rice.
This recipe can be eaten warm, at room temperature, or cold. It makes the perfect pot luck dish, and a great grain salad to keep in the refrigerator for a quick and filling lunch.
I like to take it to go in a small mason jar, and eat it outside, sitting in the springtime sun while writing.
Try it! Let me know what you think.