I have this friend who swears by quinoa. I on the other hand had not had much experience with it. But in the spirit of trying to get more grains in my diet, I decided to give it a shot. And you know what? It’s delicious. It’s nutty and it pairs very nicely in this dish with black beans, chicken, bell peppers and cumin.
I had considered making this a vegetarian side dish but I had some chicken the I needed to use so I decided to add that in at that last minute. It made a very hearty one pot meal. With that said this could very easily be made vegetarian. Simply leave out the chicken and substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth. Simple as that.
Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and bell pepper. Cook 5 minutes or until softened and fragrant. Stir in quinoa, cook 3 minutes.
Pour chicken broth over the top, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
After broth is absorbed, stir in remaining ingredients. Season to taste with salt.