{meatless mondays : red quinoa with grape tomatoes, fresh corn, and black beans}

6 Jul


this {vegan} dish is totally protein-packed and nutrient-rich. i just love quinoa, don’t you?!


and did you know that quinoa is considered a complete protein… which means it contains all 9 essential amino acids. this makes it a wonderful protein-source for vegans. the black beans in this recipe add in healthy fiber, which is a great combination with the quinoa!


i can eat these grape tomatoes like candy!


and believe it or not, colorado boasts growing some of the best sweet corn in the US!

summer is for corn!!!!


and the yummy sweet corn made a great addition to this simple, easy, heathy meal that i batch-cooked last week to take to work for lunch. actually, i don’t take it to work for lunch since i work at a cafe now… i eat at work a lot! but i do eat this yummy dish quite often for dinner, paired with a simple green salad. heck, you could even put this on a bed of greens and make it the *star* of the salad.

this would also be good in a soup! quinoa is so versatile that way!


quinoa is also one of those dishes that, to me, tastes good both hot or cold. what i prefer is to have it sit out at room temp for about 40 minutes or so and then enjoy it… i find it to be the perfect temperature that way.

this dish is easy to make!

simply boil 1 cup of rinsed quinoa in 2 cups of water for approximately 15-20 minutes, until the germ separates from the seed. then remove from heat, and add in your chopped tomatoes, corn kernels, and drained black beans. toss with salt and pepper and a dash of lemon. mix in a little parsley if you wish, or other herbs or spices to taste. this is really a simple base to which you can add almost anything your taste buds desire.

well, i don’t know about anything… i mean, watermelon might taste kinda weird in here.



this dish so packed with flavour and nutrients, you’ll probably be going back for seconds! and as a carnivore, i gotta say, this dish will leave you feeling full and satisfied – you won’t even be missing the meat!



9 Responses to “{meatless mondays : red quinoa with grape tomatoes, fresh corn, and black beans}”

  1. anthony0358 July 6, 2015 at 7:02 am #

    wow this is awesome, I learned a lot of new facts today that I was not aware of and everything here looks delicious too!

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  2. lactosefreekitchen July 6, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    I really like the idea of “meatless Mondays,” the Kate Mara-Humane video was great at showing how much meat Americans consume. Plus, this is dairy-free, so I like the recipe even more!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • cooking with audrey July 6, 2015 at 7:54 am #

      hey katelyn thanks for commenting! I’ll have to check out the video you’re referring to. I just know from lots of ecperience how important it is to incorporate “clean” eating into our diets! I have lots of vegan meatless Monday recipes for you to sift through! 🙂

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  3. cooking with audrey July 6, 2015 at 7:56 am #

    experience. *ahem*


  4. lactosefreekitchen July 6, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    Nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award: https://lactosefreekitchen.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/the-sunshine-blogger-award/

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  5. tinywhitecottage July 6, 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    This is a great quinoa recipe! I love simple throw together dishes like this. I love quinoa and this sounds delicious. Hmmm, maybe watermelon would be good with quinoa! 🙂


  6. chef mimi July 7, 2015 at 6:55 am #

    A beautiful salad! I got really sick of quinoa about 25 years ago when my husband was a vegetarian for about 8 years. Even though it’s so healthy. But this salad would be fabulous with barley, kamut, brown rice, or any other whole grain!

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    • cooking with audrey July 7, 2015 at 7:46 am #

      hey Mimi! I can empathize – when i went vegetarian/vegan, I also kind of burnt myself out on quinoa. any other grain would certainly work! thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂


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