Empty fridge emergency? Try Indy Power's Mexican quinoa stir-fry
This is the best dinner when you have an empty fridge but a stocked pantry. If you already have quinoa cooked, it takes 10 minutes from start to finish - but either way, it's on the table in under 30 minutes.
Mexican quinoa stir-fry
Serves 4. Gluten free (if using GF stock) & vegan
500ml vegetable stock
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
100g cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tin black beans
1 tin sweetcorn
Juice of ½ lime
1. Add the quinoa and stock to a saucepan and cook on medium heat with the lid on until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Then set it aside to steam with the lid on.
2. While the quinoa is cooking, add the olive oil to a large frying pan on medium heat with the spices and onion. Let them cook for about 3 minutes until starting to soften. Then, add in the garlic and the cherry tomatoes. Cook for about 5 minutes until the onions are soft and the tomatoes are starting to burst.
3. Drain and rinse the black beans and sweetcorn and add them to the pan; toss well. Then add the quinoa and squeeze over the juice of half the lime. Cook tossing regularly, until heated through.
4. Serve with guacamole, coconut yoghurt and a wedge of lime.
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