Quinoa alone, can be…well, blah. But the right ingredients, dang ya’ll this is good! This works as a great side dish (I like it with fish, chicken, or pork) or has enough protein to be a solid stand-alone if you are on the vegan or vegetarian trend. The best thing, it keeps! And…a plus, it tastes even better with time.
I’m on week 3 of only eating out of the fridge (because financial freedom, ya’ll) so ingredients…are scarce. Luckily, I almost always stock quinoa, black beans…and have a fair amount of spices. Also, growing up my mom always kept a bag of corn in the freezer (for injuries or picky eaters) so time to use that baby up for some delicious Cuban flavors. This is a solid side dish loaded with protein and healthy grains, not to mention a healthy dose of vitamin C thanks to the mojo marinade!
I’ve also built the recipe to fit the 21 day fix container system, if that floats your boat. Ingredients-wise, it’s even better to have fresh herbs, and top this baby with some avocados and some sliced green onions…heck yeah!
Vegan Cuban Quinoa
makes 4 large servings (if pairing with a meat, make 6 servings).
- 2 Cups Cooked Quinoa
- 1/2 Cup Mojo Marinade (You can get this in the ethnic aisle)
- 1 Can Black Beans
- 3 Cups Cooked Corn
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp dried cilantro
- 1 TBS avocado oil or olive oil
- Optional Toppings:
- Green Onions
- Sliced Avocado
- More Mojo!
Mix all spices together, set aside. In a large bowl, pour quinoa, beans (with the liquid), oil, corn, and cover with mojo. Add spices and stir. For best flavor, chill for at least 4 hours (so the mojo can marinate) and serve cold. For added flavor, put some avocado slices on top or add more mojo just before eating!
21 Day Fix Containers: 1 green, 1 orange, 1 yellow, 1 tsp