08 April 2008

QTB (Quinoa Tomatos and Beans)

This is a free combination of some standard New World ingredients. You can vary the spice level fairly easily, but the fried whole spices give it a nice punch. The entire meal can be prepared in the time that it takes quinoa to cook -- about 15-20 minutes.


1 cup dry quinoa
2-1/4 cups water

and boil covered until water is absorbed. In a separate skillet, fry

1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon black mustard seed
6-10 black peppercorns

in olive oil until the mustard seeds begin to pop. Then add

2-3 minced cloves garlic

and brown. Add

1 sliced onion.

When the onion has softened, add

1 can diced tomatoes (Donna prefers that these be "fire roasted tomatoes")
1 can garbanzo beans (rinsed)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4-1/2 teaspoon chili powder

and simmer until the quinoa has finished cooking. Combine the tomato and bean mixture with the quinoa and serve.

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