I admit when a recipe has the word “vegan” in it, I usually run in the other direction. I consider myself a meat lovin’ girl and married a man who doesn’t consider it a meal unless some type of meat is present.
Recently, we had a dinner guest who was vegan and I thought, “What in the world am I going to feed her?” But as it turns out, our worlds are really not that far apart.
Quinoa was the answer. I’ve been dying to make a quinoa dish ever since all of my friends started raving about it. I’ve been butchering the pronunciation of the word “quinoa” for so long (pronounced “KEEN-wa” ) that I figured I owed it a retribution recipe to showcase it.
This Vegan Quinoa and Black Beans cooked up so fast and easy. It has black beans, corn, lime, and cilantro — all of the Mexican flavors that I crave so often.
Although it’s appears and tastes grain-like, quinoa is actually a small seed. It’s full of nutritional benefits and is a complete protein in itself. That must explain why after I ate this dish I was stuffed!
Informing my protein-obsessed husband of its high protein level was all he needed to be convinced. I will say that my natural instinct was to add some grilled chicken to the recipe. But that was just my meat-ingrained mind thinking. The dish absolutely did not need it.
Have I converted to a vegan now?
No. Not yet.
But this Quinoa and Black Bean dish sure did make me think about it…
How about you? Do you eat quinoa?
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