Quinoa Black Bean Burrito Bowls Recipe

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Submitted by courtneysue88

Makes 4 servings


Recipe Ingredients for Quinoa Black Bean Burrito Bowls

1 cup Quinoa
1 tbsp Olive Oil
0.25 cup, chopped Onions
0.5 tsp Minced Garlic
30 oz Black Beans
1/4 cup Coriander Leaves
0.25 tsp Chili Powder
0.1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
0.25 cup Lime Juice
1 cups Shredded Lettuce
1 dash Salt, Table
1 oz Plain Nonfat
8 ea. Raw Tomato Cherry

Recipe Directions for Quinoa Black Bean Burrito Bowls

  1. Rinse the quinoa thoroughly in a mesh strainer or sieve, drain.

  2. Quinoa Black Bean Burrito Bowls

  3. May 1, 2012

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  5. I recently heard the world ?flexitarian? used to describe a fellow food blogger?s eating habits. After learning more about the word, it seems to describe my diet perfectly. I eat vegetarian most of the time, reserving meat only for when I really crave it. In my case, that means I?m eating meat once or twice a week (sometimes less). My husband is the same way. Growing up in Israel, his mom cooked lots of vegetarian dishes like eggplant, hummus, and shakshuka. One of his favorite snacks was a simple slice of freshly baked bread toasted on the stovetop and dipped in olive oil and salt. We?re happiest with a simple dinner of eggplant stew or lentils with rice. Our eating habits change around the holidays, when we tend to splurge a bit. I love cholent or a well-cooked brisket on occasion. But generally speaking, being a flexitarian feels right to my body. I don?t have trouble staying at a healthy weight, my cholesterol tests always come back perfect, I have lots of energy and I feel great.

  6. While I love eating flexitarian-style, I can?t eat too much soy, which is a major meat-free protein source. Soy negatively effects my hormones, so I can only eat it sparingly. That?s one of the reasons I?ve been trying to work more quinoa into my diet; it?s a clean and healthy vegetarian source of protein. Native to South America, this ancient seed was once called ?the gold of the Incas,? and was fed to their warriors to increase stamina. It?s been cultivated in the Andes for centuries, and was a major agricultural commodity in Inca and Aztec society. Only recently, quinoa has been ?rediscovered? here in America, showing up on health food market shelves across the country. Quinoa is closely related to spinach; much like spinach, it is packed with nutrients. It is a terrific source of protein, amino acids, insoluble fiber, magnesium, riboflavin, and phytonutrients. Regular consumption of quinoa can improve your cardiovascular health, reduce the frequency of migraine headaches, and even decrease your risk of certain cancers. It?s also gluten free, which is helpful to people with Celiac disease and those who are on gluten-free diets.

  7. With Cinco de Mayo coming up, I decided to feature a few Mexican-style dishes this week. This Quinoa Black Bean Burrito Bowl is the perfect flexitarian lunch or dinner. It?s a deconstructed burrito, loosely based on Chipotle?s burrito bowl. I?ve replaced rice with cilantro lime quinoa to add protein and nutrients. Black beans are simmered with onions, garlic, and spices for added flavor. I?ve listed several optional toppings, so you can make this bowl your own. Make it vegan-style with toppings like pico de gallo, tomatoes, corn, or guacamole. If you don?t mind adding dairy, try shredded jack or cheddar cheese, lowfat sour cream, or even Greek yogurt. Spice it up with hot sauce or sriracha. It?s good stuff, and loaded with nutrients? a simple, tasty meal you can feel good about!

  8. Servings: 4

  9. Kosher Key: Pareve or Dairy

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  13. 1 cup quinoa

  14. 1 tbsp olive oil

  15. 1/4 cup minced onion

  16. 1 clove garlic, minced

  17. 2 cans (15 oz each) black beans, rinsed and drained

  18. 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  19. 1/4 tsp chili powder (mild)

  20. Pinch of cayenne pepper (spicy)

  21. 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

  22. 1 cup shredded lettuce

  23. Salt


  25. Grated cheddar or jack cheese

  26. Sour cream or Greek yogurt

  27. Pico de gallo or salsa

  28. Diced seeded tomatoes

  29. Hot sauce or sriracha

  30. Sliced avocado

  31. Guacamole

  32. Corn

  33. Rinse the quinoa thoroughly in a mesh strainer or sieve, drain.

  34. Pour quinoa into a saucepan along with 2 cups of water. Bring the quinoa to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover the pot. Let the quinoa simmer for about 20 minutes till it becomes tender and all the liquid has been absorbed. Keep a close eye to make sure the quinoa doesn't burn.

  35. While quinoa is cooking, heat 1 tbsp of oil in another saucepan over medium heat. Pour minced onion into the saucepan and saute for a few minutes till it softens and begins to turn brown. Add the minced garlic to the pot and let it saute for 1-2 minutes longer till aromatic.

  36. Add the black beans to the pot of onions along with 1/2 cup water, 2 tbsp of chopped fresh cilantro, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Bring the beans to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low. Let the beans simmer for 15 minutes till the liquid is mostly evaporated. Stir in 2 tbsp of fresh lime juice. Season with salt to taste.

  37. When the quinoa is fully cooked, remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Use the fork to mix in 2 tbsp of chopped cilantro and 2 tbsp fresh lime juice. Season with salt to taste.

  38. Assemble your burrito bowls. Divide the cilantro lime quinoa between four bowls.

  39. Top each portion of quinoa with 1/4 cup of shredded lettuce.

  40. Top each portion of lettuce with simmered black beans.

  41. Top the black beans with your choice of Optional Topping Ingredients (ideas listed above).

  42. Serve Warm


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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 342.0g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 9% Vitamin C 16%
Calcium 14% Iron 38%
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional details are an estimate and should only be used as a guide for approximation.


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Health Information

Nutrition Grade
88% confidence
  Good points
  • Low in saturated fat
  • High in dietary fiber
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