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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Meal Type:
Main Dishes
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Mexican Style Quinoa and Black Beans

A yummy, healthy main dish with black beans and quinoa.



  1. Rinse raw quinoa in cold water. Use a coffee filter so the seeds do not slip through a sieve.
  2. Put a cup rinsed quinoa and 1 and 1/2 cups water in pot. Bring to a boil and lower heat. Cover and cook on low for 15 minutes.
  3. Chop all vegetables and place in glass bowl.
  4. Add olive oil and canned tomatoes.
  5. Blend quinoa with the mixture and add cumin.
  6. Squeeze lime into mixture. Garnish with cilantro.
  7. Let chill until mixture has "set" (about 10-15 minutes).
  8. Eat and enjoy!
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quinoa is a complete protein, provides a ton of protein and fiber when compared to brown rice. However, it also has much more fat and more calories than brown rice so I'm not sure if it's appropriate for phase 2.
What a great combination! Best complete protein with no animal fats. It's a good substitution to eating meats. I heard a lot of great things about quinoa as one of the highest sources of magnesium and potassium. This is great for a variety diet that focuses on lowering bad fats and increasing the fiber in the diet. Thank you for posting it.
16 Jan 10 by member: jmz
Great recipe, easy to do. The lime adds a fresh taste for a summer dish. I am in phase 1 of the Fat Smash diet and so far, it is my favorite recipe and one that I will continue to eat after my diet. Thank you so much for posting it.
Yum! One of my favorite recipes EVER and i do a lot of cooking! It's so easy to make, it's inexpensive to prepare and it's so filling. I usually combine it with an avocado, although it does raise the calorie count. However, it's just too delicious to make the calorie count the reason i don't eat it!!!
30 Sep 10 by member: santaria
This was really good. Made a few adjustments though. Used veggie broth to cook the quinoa and replaced the green pepper w/fresh jalapenos.
25 Oct 10 by member: sur365
This is DELICIOUS! I do think it will be even better if I go with sur365's adjustments tho. First time trying quinoa & I'm so glad I found this great recipe to try it in.
23 Nov 10 by member: kstubblefield
Really good. I added a chopped red chili pepper and a little salt. I decided I wanted it warm - so I nuked my portion before eating and then added more lime. Delicious. An avocado would make it even better.
06 Dec 10 by member: Z'sMama
Me gusto :D I made it but instead of water I used reduced sodium chicken broth and insted of red onion I used white and instead of green bell peper I used red . I also added sliced jalapenos !yummmmm ... I think next time I make it I won't add the olive oil. I don't see the point of it but we wil see . OH and EXTRA LIME :)
08 Dec 10 by member: vanessa896
I made this recipe today, it is awesome, cannot wait to share this with others. I did use a whole cup of cilantro
03 Jan 11 by member: blaineo
Tried this last night. It was a big hit - though I want to try it next time with some of the changes suggested in the comments to spice it up even more.
17 Jan 11 by member: Nimm
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Nutrition summary:

There are 378 calories in 1 serving of Mexican Style Quinoa and Black Beans.
Calorie break-down: 16% fat, 67% carbs, 17% protein.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 60
Calories 378
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 6.71g 10%
  Saturated Fat 0.93g 5%
  Polyunsaturated Fat 1.706g  
  Monounsaturated Fat 3.225g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 257mg 11%
Potassium 1192mg  
Total Carbohydrate 65.09g 22%
  Dietary Fiber 10.7g 43%
  Sugars 2.51g  
Protein 16.97g  
Vitamin A 33% Vitamin C 241%
Calcium 43% Iron 151%
of RDI*
(378 calories)
19% of RDI
Calorie Breakdown:
Carbohydrate (67%)
Fat (16%)
Protein (17%)
* Based on a RDI of 2000 calories

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