Protein Power: Chipotle Black Beans & Red Quinoa

This is another one of those super-easy meals that comes together before you can get annoyed at yourself for not starting earlier. The portions are also ideal for 1-2 people. Not only that, but its packed with protein with the combo of quinoa and beans. Perfect for when you've been relying on beer and soy ice cream as your protein sources for the last week, like some people I know. (cough, cough.)

The red quinoa isn't prepared any differently then regular quinoa, nor does it taste any different. But hey, its cool looking!
Chipotle Black Beans*
-1 onion, diced
-1 can black beans, drained
-3/4 can chipotles in adobo sauce, chopped with sauce reserved
-Garlic powder or other spice mix

So simple. Cook the onions in some oil of your choice on med-low until softened, and sprinkle with garlic powder. Add in the beans and the chipotles and sauce, stir, raise the heat, and cover. In about 15 minutes you have the perfect accompaniment to quinoa and veggies of your choice. I thought it was particularly amazing with some slices of avacado, diced mango, tomatoes and a dollop of soy sour cream.

*I should mention that this was quite spicy, even with the cooling avacados and sour cream. So just be sure to use a little less adobo sauce if you're not a big heat-person.

And speaking of incredibly easy, which is about all I can handle at the moment, I've been making a lot of little parfaits for myself lately with the various kinds of soy yogurt and puddings out there. The best? Fresh rasberries, almonds and chocolate pudding layered in a little cup. It feels so fancy even though it takes about two seconds to put together. So yay for quick, yet distracting, meals!

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romina said...

Red quinoa is so much fun! I love mixing it in with white quinoa for the fun of it. =)

Jennifer said...

That meal looks perfect, absolutely perfect. Any leftovers can be sent my way. I'll take care of it for you, no problem. :-) Not only does it sound fantastic, it looks amazing.


Alice (in Veganland) said...

so, so, you smart girl... you want us to find you a date with one of those handsome guys, don't you? ;-)

I love how your dish looks and I wish I could eat it right now!

Liz² said...

kevin barnes, oh if only I had connections to hook you guys up... cause that would mean I could know him too... and then you could make me spicy beans and pretty quinoa, right? :D

Anonymous said...

I've always wanted to try some quinoa, with some chipotle. I'm an omnivore, but I love trying new foods with more protein and spice! Thanks!!!