Black Bean Quinoa

General, Grains, Side Dishes

Quinoa made its way into our household after my husband started going to a trainer as a 30th birthday present to himself.  After a one hour first visit, Jerry the trainer completely overhauled our meals and introduced Quinoa to our side dish options.  Huge thanks to Jerry for steering us in the direction of this tasty grain and for putting me in my place when I accompanied my husband to training.  Gloating that I was a Bikram ace, Jerry’s workout was humbling to say the least.  I like to argue that it was the pregnancy we were not yet aware of, but truth be told, he kicked my butt and my husband has bragging rights that he could do way more squats than me.  This dish is so simple and just fantastically flavorful.

Serves 6


– 2 cups cooked black beans

– 3 cups cooked quinoa

– 1 tablespoon butter

– ¼ cup half and half

– 2 diced plum tomatoes

– 2 diced avocados

– 1 clove minced garlic

– ½ teaspoon salt

– ¼ teaspoon Cholula hot sauce

– ½ teaspoon sugar


In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium-high heat.   Add the tomatoes and garlic.  Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.  Stir in the beans, quinoa and half and half.  Continue to cook for 5 minutes before adding the salt, sugar, hot sauce and avocado.  Remove from the heat and serve.

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