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Black Bean & Corn Quinoa Recipe
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Black Bean & Corn Quinoa Recipe

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My daughter’s college asked parents for a favorite healthy recipe to use in the dining halls. This quinoa fits the bill. —Lindsay McSweeney, Winchester, Massachusetts
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, divided

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups equals 375 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 668 mg sodium, 60 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 13 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, red pepper, celery and seasonings; cook and stir 5-7 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Stir in stock and corn; bring to a boil. Stir in quinoa. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 12-15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
  3. Add beans and 1/3 cup cilantro; heat through, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with remaining cilantro. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: Look for quinoa in the cereal, rice or organic food aisle.
Originally published as Black Bean & Corn Quinoa in Simple & Delicious February/March 2014, pjls

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Reviewed Aug. 13, 2015

"My husband loved it...I thought it needed a bit more salt (I used an unsalted stock)."

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"I didn't add the fresh cilantro and it was still a hit! Very tasty and healthy."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"This dish is delicious! I left out the cilantro and it was terrific even without it. If this is intended as as side dish, which is what I used it for, it makes about 6-8 servings. It goes well with meatloaf, fish and probably many other main dishes and it reheats well in the microwave. I know I will be making this often. This is my first attempt at using quinoa and after successfully trying it, I'll look for more quinoa recipes."

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