Cuban Black Beans, Seasoned Quinoa & Creamy Avocado

When it's Taco Tuesday first day back to work, you know it's going to be a good week

Fiesta in a Bowl!

After a weekend of cooking and indulgence, it was back to basics in our house.  This simple dish of Cuban Black Beans topped with tomato, red onion & jalapeños, Quinoa cooked in a vegetable broth/ water mix for a light seasoning, and creamy avocado was fresh, full of flavor and crowd pleasing (at least for me and my husband who could eat a version of this Every Day!).

Recipe from Vegetarian Times, it was super easy to make and could be made ahead of time.

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Cuban Black Beans, Seasoned Quinoa & Creamy Avocado


Cuban Black Beans, Seasoned Quinoa & Creamy Avocado
Fiesta in a bowl! This super easy recipe from Vegetarian Times is full of flavor, fresh and totally satisfying.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (I've left this out and it's still yummy)
  • 2 tbsp distilled white vinegar
  • 2 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained.
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup grape tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ cup red nation, diced
  • ¼ cup jalapeno, finely chopped
  • Avocado, sliced or diced (Optional)
  1. In a medium sauce pan, heat oil over medium- high heat. Add quinoa and garlic. Cook 1 minute
  2. Stir in broth, water and bay leaf. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low and cook 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
  4. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork and remove bay leaf.
  1. In a medium skillet, heat oil over a medium heat. Add diced onion, garlic, cumin, oregano and cayenne. Cook 2-3 minutes or until onion softens. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Deglaze the skillet with vinegar, scraping up any brown bits and reduce until vinegar nearly evaporates.
  3. Puree 1 can of beans in a food processor or mash with a fork.
  4. Added pureed or mashed beans and whole beans, and water to the skillet. Stir and heat until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in onion and seasoning mixture and combine well.
  1. Combine tomatoes, jalapeños and onion.
Serve quinoa, beans and toppings together with avocado and limes.


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