Spicy Quinoa Revisited: Quinoa and Black Bean Bake with Mozz. and Avocado

by Jenn on May 10, 2009

in Gluten Free,Pastas and Grains,Vegetarian

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This is a spin-off from this spicy quinoa recipe from a friend that I had tried out earlier.  However, I decided to tweak it just a bit.  I think the end result is quite nice.

I do occasionally alter and change recipes that I love, because I whole heartedly believe that the only way you improve in your own cooking ability is by creating new things.  And besides, I feel so much more happy with a recipe once I have made it my own…call it a pride thing haha.

The main changes that I made here were a lot more beans, and I ended up baking the dish in my cast iron skillet.  I think this really helped the flavor develop.  There are a lot of great vibrant flavors in this dish, and I think baking allowed them to really come together a bit.  I also topped it with fresh mozz and avocado. So nothing drastic, just dressed up the dish a bit.

So here is my new version of spicy quinoa/black beans!

Some people like cheddar with such mex. inspired dishes.  I actually am really a fan of mozzarella with these flavors.  Maybe because it is such a mild cheese and let’s all the other flavors come out, I’m not sure.  If you like cheddar and think I’m nuts for using mozz., that’s fine by me, go ahead and substitute in the cheddar :)

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brannyboilsover May 10, 2009 at 12:45 pm

My kind of meal! All of these items are pantry staples. Thanks.

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elly May 11, 2009 at 1:32 pm

This sounds SO good! Plus, I always love to use my cast iron whenever possible. :)

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Diane-thewholegang May 31, 2009 at 3:13 pm

This looks really good. I’m going to make it this week and add it to my Menu I post. I’ll link back to here again. Looks really good.

I’m glad you found the blog at it’s new address. Thank you for sharing this recipe on Friday Foodie Fix. Now that I’ve moved as soon as I learn how to add a blog to my gluten free blog roll I’ll add yours. I’d love to be on yours too.

I really like how you focus on whole foods and more plant based. I’m trying to move away from too much meat. I feel so much better not eating it.

Thanks for sharing!

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gfe-gluten free easily June 1, 2009 at 11:24 am

Lovely dish! I’m quite a fan of black beans. All these ingredients sound terrific together and baking in a cast iron pan is always a great idea. :-)

Thanks!
Shirley

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