Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Busy day interrupted by a quick dinner...

Things are finally getting back to normal around here following the busy holidays and we are finishing up the last of the "projects" around the house. Between painting downstairs and cutting tile today, we were not left with a large amount of time to get dinner together. Tonight I opted for a very quick recipe that can be thrown together in minutes.

We've been having good luck with quinoa lately and tonight's dinner of Quinoa Medley with Beans and Corn didn't let us down. Since quinoa only takes about 15 minutes to cook, we were able to get this dish from stove to table in just around 20 minutes. As it cooks in a vegetable broth and water mixture, we quickly put together the black beans, corn, habanero salsa and chili powder. When the quinoa had about 5 minutes left to finish, the above ingredients were added in to warm up in the simmering mixture. Fresh cilantro, olive oil and a bit more of the chunky spicy salsa are stirred in right before serving. Since the quinoa is fairly mild, the salsa is a main flavor component to the dish, so make sure to choose one that you really enjoy. Serve with a slice of lime to freshen and tie the flavors together when squeezed over the top.

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