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Cajun Black Bean Saute
with quinoa

Active: 40 Total: 40

This flavorful saute comes together fast once all of your vegetables are chopped. And while we loved it over quinoa, it would be just as delicious over any grain you'd prefer.

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Ingredients

Metric
Servings:
4
Quinoa:
  • Quinoa, uncooked - 3/4 cup
  • Stock, any type - 1 1/2 cups
Cajun Black Bean Saute:
  • Zucchini - 12 oz , cubed
  • Bell peppers, any color - 2 , cubed
  • Onions, medium and red - 1 , cubed
  • Jalapenos (opt) - 1 , sliced, seeded if you want less heat
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
  • Ginger, fresh - 1 tsp , grated
  • Vinegar, red or white wine - 2 tsp
  • Jerk or Cajun seasoning - 1 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 1 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon, ground - 1/8 tsp
  • Limes - 1 , wedges
  • Cilantro leaves - 2 Tbsp
  • Beans, black (15 oz / 397 g) - 2 cans , drained and rinsed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp

Prep

  1. Quinoa - Combine quinoa with stock in a saucepan. Add some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Zucchini / Bell peppers / Onions / Jalapenos / Garlic / Ginger - Prep as directed. Store zucchini, bell peppers, and onions in their own separate containers. Combine jalapenos, garlic, and ginger. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Make seasoning - Whisk together jalapenos, garlic, ginger, vinegar, Jerk / Cajun seasoning, soy sauce, brown sugar, and cinnamon. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Limes / Cilantro - Prep as directed.

  5. Beans - Drain and rinse. 

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Make

  1. Heat the first portion of oil in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the zucchini and saute until it is very tender and golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Season it with some salt. Transfer the zucchini to a large bowl and return the pan to heat.

  2. Add the second portion of oil to the heated pan and then the bell peppers and onions. Cook until very tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the beans and seasoning and bring to a simmer. 

  3. Gently stir the zucchini back into the skillet until everything is heated through. 

  4. If the quinoa was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.

  5. Serve black bean saute over quinoa with cilantro on top and lime wedges on the side to squeeze over top. Enjoy!


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