So, you may notice I have a bit of an affinity for Mexican style cooking. We usually do something with this sort of flavour profile every week or 10 days. Despite this familiarity, I could not eat this fast enough.
Let’s talk about it.
We have supremely flavourful black beans, cooked with onions, garlic, and bell peppers.
We have quinoa flavoured with a puree of lime, garlic, and cilantro.
And then we have all the toppings one could ever want in a burrito piled on top. Best part? No tortilla holding you back. I have a tendency to….’over stuff’. I then end up with most of the filling on my plate or more likely all over my hands/lap. Enter our friend: the fork.
It may seem like there are a lot of steps here, but everything does come together really easily and there isn’t a lot of ‘active’ cook time. The rice and bean mixture reheat well for leftovers.
Cilantro Lime Quinoa
1 cup quinoa*, uncooked
Juice of 1 lime (approximately 2 tablespoons)
1 clove garlic
½ cup cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon olive oil.
Salt and pepper
*You may substitute rice for quinoa
- Prepare quinoa as per package directions.
- Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in small food processor and blend until smooth.
- Fold puree into cooked quinoa.
Source: Martha Stewart
1 tablespoon oil
¼ small yellow onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
½ green pepper, diced
½ red pepper, diced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
¼ teaspoon chili powder
¾ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon oregano
1 bay leaf
1 can (15ox) of black beans, drained and rinsed
2/3 cup chicken or vegetable broth
Juice of ½ lime
- Heat oil in a medium to large frying pan. Cook the onions and peppers for about 3-5 minutes, until onions become translucent and veggies start to soften.
- Add garlic, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, oregano and bay leaf and cook until fragrant; no more than a minute
- Add the beans. Smash about 1/3 to 1/2 of the beans in the pan, depending on your desired consistency.
- Stir in broth. Simmer over low heat for about 10-15 minutes or until broth has absorbed.
- Stir in lime juice.
Source: Adapted from Smells Like Home (Original: Elly Says Opa)
Other ideas: pico de gallo, red onion, jalapeños, meat (steak, shredded chicken), corn…send me yours!