Southwest Quinoa Recipe

This week’s #InstaWeanTeam theme is QUINOA! We love quinoa in our house. We eat it as a rice alternative, and I love it because it’s not heavy on the stomach. Also, quinoa is a great super food to introduce to children!

We love Mexican food in our house, so I made a Southwest Quinoa for a delicious side dish!

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 can cooked black beans (unsalted)
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 orange bell pepper diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2  tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime
Directions:
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat up olive oil under medium heat. 
  2. Add garlic and sautee it for 2 minutes, make sure it doesn’t brown.
  3. Add bell pepper, tomatoes, corn. Cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Add black beans, and mix.
  5. Add cooked quinoa, lime juice, and seasonings. Mix until well combined.
  6. Turn off heat and garnish with cilantro. 
Enjoy! Nutrition facts about quinoa:

Here is the nutrient breakdown for 1 cup of cooked quinoa, or 185 grams:

  • Protein: 8 grams.
  • Fiber: 5 grams.
  • Manganese: 58% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
  • Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA.
  • Folate: 19% of the RDA.
  • Copper: 18% of the RDA.
  • Iron: 15% of the RDA.
  • Zinc: 13% of the RDA.
  • Potassium: 9% of the RDA.
  • Over 10% of the RDA for Vitamins B1, B2 and B6.
  • Small amounts of Calcium, B3 (Niacin) and Vitamin E.

Source: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/10352/2

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