Warm Quinoa and White Bean Salad

Quinoa is used in many Latin influenced dishes. This is more of a Mediterranean flavor inspired dish. It’s also very quick and easy. It’s a budget friendly dish that would be great to serve at a luncheon. It’s also low fat, high protein, and high fiber.

I used garlic stuffed olives!

1 1/2 C dry quinoa
3 C water or stock
12 oz white beans, cooked, drained & rinsed
1 pint grape tomates
1 small spanish onion, chopped
1/3 C vinaigrette (your favorite home made or farmer’s market blend will work great)

salad greens and olives for serving

In a large stock pot or chef’s pan, add everything and heat on medium-low. Stir well to incorporate all ingredients one time. Cover. Keep covered. After 20 minutes, remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Serve over greens. Garnish with olives.

You can also make this in a rice cooker!

*** You can use any Italian vinaigrette you have on hand or make a simple one using

1 C vinegar
2 C olive oil
3 TB dried Italian seasoning blend (or make your own unique mix of oregano, marjoram, parsley, basil, dried garlic, red pepper flakes, saffron)
1 TB sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper

Saffron Quinoa

Quinoa is an easy and healthy grain from South America. It cooks very similar to rice and makes a healthy alternative. It contains many of the amino acids your body needs to build and repair. It is a great grain for vegetarians! Serve this up with your next Latin inspired meal or as the base for your favorite taco filling. This is a basic recipe that lends itself to a variety of additions and variations.

Quinoa with Refried Beans

2 Cups Quinoa
4 Cups herb broth or veggie stock
2 tsp saffron
3 TB tomato paste

In a large stock pot, dry toast the quinoa over medium high heat, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes. You’ll hear the grains begin to pop. Whisk in broth, tomato paste, and saffron until fully incorporated. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes until quinoa is tender.

Dress it up with these great stir-in ideas:

*Garlic sauteed sweet corn kernels, seasoned canned tomatoes, onions, and diced green chiles

*Fresh green peas, parmesan cheese, and then topped with southwestern grilled salmon

*Crisp tender broccoli, marinated mushrooms, and cheddar

*Browned ground turkey and taco seasoning then fill a pablano chile and bake!

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