Our Southwest Chipotle Quinoa is a simple, nutritious meal that comes together in minutes. While quinoa is cooking on the stove, a variety of healthful vegetables and legumes are sauteed, including black beans, corn, zucchini, and onion. The two pans then unite in a burst of flavor, thanks to peppers and spices like chipotle, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and cumin. Those who like a little more heat may indulge in additional chipotle, and those who do not can omit it entirely. This plant-based meal is sure to become a regular, wholesome and tasty dinner in your home!
1 cup quinoa
3/4 cup sweet corn kernels
7 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed
1 bay leaf
1 zucchini, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely diced
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Add two cups water and one cup quinoa to a saucepan. Stir in bay leaf, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, and cumin.
Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until all of the water has been absorbed.
Remove bay leaf and set aside.
Meanwhile, place a saute pan over medium-high heat.
Add onion and cook 2 minutes or until softened, then zucchini and cook 2 minutes or until softened.
Add corn, black beans, and chipotle pepper and cook until heated through about 1 minute.
Finally, add maple syrup and stir.
Combine bean and vegetable mixture into quinoa saucepan.
Squeeze the juice of one lime over the top and stir. Serve hot.
Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD
Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD is Founding Director of UC Davis Integrative Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the School of Medicine at the University of California Davis. Blending a life-long passion for food and nutrition with over 20 years of scientific experience in genetic research, Dr. Oliveira is devoted to educating people about how food and lifestyle choices can affect genetic expression–i.e. how genes are turned on and off and either cause disease or promote health. She is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has lived in the US since 2003.