Quinoa pilaf is a very savory dish. It contains a complimentary blend of different textures and flavors that will tickle the taste buds.
- 1 cup organic quinoa
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 15oz can black beans, rinsed
- 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
- 1 cup sweet potatoes, diced
- 1 cup red, yellow, & green bell peppers, diced
- 1 tsp thyme leaves, dried
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp raw sugar
- 1 1/4 cup water
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a bowl add 2 tbsp of olive oil and the sugar. Then add the diced sweet potatoes, mix until thoroughly covered. Add to a baking sheet and place in the oven. While the sweet potatoes are baking, rinse the quinoa with cold water and set to the side.
- When the potatoes are done, place them on a plate with a paper towel. Pat dry if there is any excess oil. Set them aside, and add a small pot on the stove top with medium to high heat and add water to the pot. When the water starts to boil, add the quinoa, cover the pot, turn the heat down and let simmer for 12 minutes.
- While the quinoa is cooking, add another pot on the stove top with medium heat and add 2 tbsp of olive oil. When it is hot enough, add the onions and saute for a couple of minutes. Then add the green peppers, thyme, salt, and pepper. Continue to saute for 5 minutes, then add the black beans and mix together thoroughly. Cover the pot and let cook for 2 minutes. After the 2 minutes are up, remove from heat and set to the side. By this time the quinoa should be done or close to done.
- Remove the quinoa from the heat, and drain off any excess water. Add the lime juice and use a fork to fluff the quinoa. Now add your black bean mixture and the sweet potatoes/butternut squash to the quinoa, mix until thoroughly incorporated. Serve while hot and enjoy.
I used diced sweet potatoes and sugar in this recipe in order to mimic the sweetness of butternut squash. So, if you have butternut squash on hand, then you should take out the sweet potato and sugar and replace it with diced butternut squash instead.
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