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Quinoa with Peppers and Onions

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is a grain that is delicious, slightly nutty in flavor and loaded with protein. And it's gluten free! Add avocado slices on top and whole wheat pita for a complete vegetarian meal.

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  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, stem and seeds removed and chopped small
  • 1 poblano (pasillo) pepper, stem and seeds removed and cut in thin matchstick-size pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or pressed through a garlic press
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 cup grated Monterrey Jack or white cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

Serves 4 as a main


  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a medium saucepan. When hot, add the onion, bell pepper, poblano pepper, garlic, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  2. Cook, stirring often, for about 5 minutes, or until the onion and peppers begin to soften but not brown.
  3. Add the quinoa and water to the saucepan. Stir well and bring the water to a simmer. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes and then add the corn.
  4. Continue simmering the mixture for 2 or 3 more minutes or until all water has been absorbed and the quinoa is cooked through. (When cooked, quinoa will have a translucent center with a white ring around the outside of each grain.)
  5. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the cheese (if using) and cilantro. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired. Serve hot or at room temperature.
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Excellent! Served it at a dinner party and people raved about it!
Submitted by from Park City Utah,  September 2, 2013

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