Don’t you just love quick, simple, easy? I know I do. There are days I wish all my life was that way but on the days when it isnt’, I like my meals to be.
I know I could go through the drive thru but to be honest, sure it may be quick and cheap, but the food just doesn’t taste that good. You get what you pay for. The only reason I’d be going is because it’s supposed to be fast. Fast maybe because they have limited menu combinations and are cooking ahead not just my order – that’s a sit down restaurant like Red Lobster or The Cheesecake Factory where they prepare our meal as we order it and we know we have to wait for our meal to be served. I know the few times I have gone through the drive thru I have thought to myself “It would have been faster to go home and make a meal or at least go inside and walk up to the counter to order.”
So, here you have it. A quick, simple dish that only needs one pan. It takes me about 5 minutes to pull from my pantry these items I always have on hand and prep them. You can be doing other things during the 20 minutes it takes to cook.
If you want a more robust meal, grill some fish in the oven (it only takes 10 minutes at a 350 degree for each inch of fish), throw some shrimp in the pan along with the other ingredients or saute some ground beef along with the onion and bell pepper before adding the remaining ingredients.
Makes a little more than 4 one cup servings
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 orange bell pepper, diced
1 Serrano jalapeno, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes (I like fire roasted or Zesty Chili Style), undrained
1 15 ounce can no salt added black beans, drained
1 cup corn
¾ cup quinoa
1 teaspoon chili powder
½ teaspoon chipotle powder
½ teaspoon cumin
1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
Avocado or guacamole, chopped cilantro and freshly squeezed lime juice
Heat olive oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. Add onions, bell pepper and jalapeno pepper. Saute for 3 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another minute. Add remaining ingredients. Stir. Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. You will know it’s done when the quinoa grains ‘pop’. If most of the grains still look the same as they did when you first put them in the pan, you need to cook them a bit longer.