Friday, April 29, 2011

Quinoa with Black Beans and Salsa

If you know me at all, you know I love quick, easy, satisfying dinners - especially during the work week. I also love having canned beans and grains or rice on-hand at all times - it's amazing how many different dinners you can prepare with such cheap ingredients!

With all of that being said, I was relieved to find, after a long day of work, that I had a can of organic black beans and half a box of quinoa in my kitchen. After incorporating some salsa and cheese (how can you go wrong with salsa and cheese?), I had one delicious, slightly spicy dinner in under 30 minutes.

Quinoa with Black Beans and Salsa
Yields: 4 servings

-1 cup uncooked quinoa + 2 cups water
-1 cup of canned black beans, drained and rinsed
-1 cup salsa
-1 tbsp. chili powder
-1/2 tsp. cumin
-Dried cilantro
-Lime juice
-Salt and black pepper
-1/2 cup grated Colby Jack cheese (or any cheese you prefer)
-Avocado slices

1.) Cook quinoa and water on stovetop according to directions on quinoa box.
2.) Once quinoa is cooked, add remaining ingredients and stir well.
3.) Stir in cheese until melted throughout; serve in a bowl with 3-4 slices avocado each.

Although this dish was delicious warm for dinner, it also made a great cold lunch the next day. And for four servings, the total cost of this meal was close to $2 - total. That's 5 cents per serving!

What affordable ingredients do you have on hand at all times?

Have a great weekend!


  1. i guess I'd have to say pasta and sauce! boring, but cheap and always on hand.

    this meal looks really good!

  2. I always have lots of canned and dried beans, and frozen veggies on hand for quikck and easy meals.

  3. my roommate just made a similar dish recently, one with cumin and blackbeans, and i have to say that combo just WORKS. your recipe looks great!