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Quinoa with Chopped Vegetables

Quinoa with Chopped Vegetables

Serving Size: serves 2-4.

This is a healthy side dish, but could also be an excellent vegetarian dinner. Quinoa is actually a seed (not a grain) that contains 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in each one-cup (cooked) serving. Quinoa has a low gluten content, and it is a good source of magnesium and phosphorus. Its naturally nutty flavor can be enhanced by dry roasting the uncooked quinoa for 5 minutes over medium heat before preparing.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup black beans, canned
  • ½ avocado, cut into chunks
  • 1 roma tomato, diced
  • ½ bell pepper, diced
  • 2 green onions, sliced

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add quinoa and salt to water.
  3. Cover and reduce heat to medium low.
  4. Cook until quinoa has absorbed all liquid, about 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Add remaining ingredients and toss to combine.
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