Quinoa fiesta is a recipe concocted a few years ago when a college roommate of mine had thrown together a mixture of corn, red bell peppers and sauteed onions into a quinoa salad. Since then this recipe has evolved into an incredibly festive, healthy and delicious side dish; one that I am proud to serve to guests at dinner parties.
Before cooking quinoa, the seeds should be rinsed well under cold water in a fine mesh strainer. Quinoa seeds have a unique coating called saponin that will taste bitter if not removed.
1 red onion, sliced into thin rings
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup dry quinoa grain
1 1/2 cups chicken broth or water
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups of cooked black beans or 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained