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Skinny Quinoa with Black Beans

by Skinny Ms.

Skinny Quinoa with Black Beans

If you are a quinoa hold out but love Mexican food, this dish will convince you to make quinoa a regular part of your dinner menu. Skinny Quinoa with Black Beans is a perfect alternative to your traditional rice and beans recipes.  The combination of quinoa, black beans, tomatoes, and spices, like cumin, chili powder, and fresh cilantro, will make this delicious dish a family favorite.  Plus, this recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free!  As superfoods, quinoa and black beans contain the vitamins and minerals you need to help fight cancers, lower cholesterol, and so much more.  The benefits are endless.  Learn more about the health benefits of quinoa here. To add more flavor, not to mention nutritional power, top this recipe with sliced avocado.  Make more a little extra and enjoy Skinny Quinoa with Black Beans in a tasty a burrito the next day.

Quinoa with Black Beans

Quinoa with Black Beans

Serving size: 1 cup | Calories: 201 | Previous Points: 4 | Points Plus: 5 | Total Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fats: 0 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 204 mg | Carbohydrates: 33 g | Dietary fiber: 7 g | Sugars: 3 g | Protein: 7 g


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet or yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup quinoa (uncooked), rinsed (red or white will work)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can diced green chilis
  • 1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1 3/4 cup vegetable broth, low sodium


In a large skillet add olive oil, turn to medium-low heat and saute diced onions until tender, about 4 minutes, add garlic and saute one additional minute. Add the remaining ingredients in the order listed above. Cover, bring to a boil, reduce heat to a low boil and cook 15-20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and allow to sit 5 minutes covered before serving. Fluff quinoa with a large spoon and serve.

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