Quinoa has a great nutty flavor and is extremely versatile. Cook the quinoa and add a combination of vegetables and beans that your family will enjoy. Whole grain quinoa is an ancient grain that is a complete protein and a good source of iron and fiber.

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups fat-free chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup canned corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 medium red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup sliced cucumber

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, optional
  • salt and pepper to taste

In a medium saucepan, combine quinoa and broth. Bring to a boil, cover and continue to boil gently for 12 minutes or until quinoa has absorbed the broth. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork and re-cover pan. Let stand for 15 minutes.

Add corn, bean, tomatoes, peppers, and cucumber or other vegetables of your choice.

Combine dressing ingredients and add to quinoa mixture.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information per serving:

Calories 185; Fat, gm. 4; Protein, gm. 9; Carbs, gm. 30; Cholesterol, mg. 0; Fiber, gm. 3.8