Quinoa with Kale and Black Beans


Quinoa is a grain that does not have any smell or flavor.  That’s why dry roasting it gives a nice nutty flavor.  Also when cooking quinoa, I like to add salt since it gets absorbed into quinoa and gives a mild taste.   You can even add any other spices while cooking quinoa


  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 4 oz baby kale leaves, torn into small pieces, stems discarded
  • 1 small green bell pepper sliced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1 15 oz can black beans (yields a little more than 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon spicy chili paste/sauce
  • Salt to taste


  • Dry roast quinoa lightly and let cool
  • In a covered saucepan add roasted quinoa, salt and water and bring to a rolling boil.  Lower the flame and cover and simmer until all the water are absorbed (about 10-12 minutes)
  • Keep covered and let cool to room temperature
  • Add 2 teaspoons oil to a skillet and once warm add kale and saute on low flame for about 4 minutes.  Set aside
  • Add rest of the oil to the same skillet and add green pepper, and garlic and saute until pepper is cooked but crisp – about 5 minutes
  • Now add corn kernels, black beans, salt and mix well and cook further 3-4 minutes.  If the vegetable mixture gets dry, add a little (1 teaspoon) water at a time
  • Add crushed pepper and chili sauce to the vegetable mix and stir and cook further one minute.
  • Transfer cooked quinoa to the skillet and mix thoroughly with the vegetables.
  • Serve warm
  • Yields: 2 main dishes

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