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

6 Jul

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

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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!

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i can eat these grape tomatoes like candy!

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

summer is for corn!!!!

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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!

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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.

😛

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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!

 

 

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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*

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  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! 🙂

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  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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