Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans & Toasted Cumin Seeds

Quinoa Salad with Black Beans & Toasted Cumin Seeds, page 31

I love quinoa. I love black beans. And I love cumin. So, I thought, what's not to love about this recipe?

I made the salad early in the day and then let the bowl sit in the refrigerator until our late dinner, so the flavors would have a chance to develop. And it was good, and satisfying, and refreshing. But still, it was missing some kind of oomph for me. Maybe a little more lime juice? I think that would be good. Maybe even some more cumin. I don't think the agave was necessary at all, and I'd probably leave that out next time.

There were mixed reviews from the family; El Hombre said it was good. As for the girls, it was the opposite from last night's dinner: SweetPea just kind of pushed things around on her plate, while SweetPotato gobbled her portion right up. I made little baby corncakes to go along with the salad, and everyone seemed to enjoy those.

My dad is coming to visit for a few days - anyone have suggestions on which recipes to try out on him? He's certainly no vegetarian, but he's not necessarily averse to meatless meals, either. I was thinking the Chipotle Lentil Burgers sound good... any other ideas?


Monica said...

You might try the Creamy Mushroom Fettuccine for your dads visit. I made it with a WW fussili instead and my husband really enjoyed it. I admit that our wasn't exactly like the recipe (or vegan) because I hadn't yet found the soup she recommends so I went with an organic chunky cream of mushroom as a substitute.

Kelli said...

I made the quinoa, white bean, and kale stew for my family a couple months ago, and my father and brother, who love to tease me about eating sticks and twigs, inhaled it. My brother had seconds. And it makes enough for about 37 people, even though the recipe says it serves 8. Oh, and, I served the sweet potato biscuits on the side. Make sure you double the recipe if you make them... it's hard to eat just one! =)

Melissa said...

I got my mom hooked on baked tofu, but my dad wouldn't touch it. He was, however, obsessed with the OMG Oven-Baked Onion Rings. I know its not a meal per se, but maybe get him in a good mood with a yummy appetizer?

BTW, I love this! Its nice to see other people's opinions of these recipes, and how they turn ut for other people. I have all Isa's books and I cook from them all the time. Not to self promote (but I'm totally self promoting), but will you check out my blog and pass it along if you like it? Thanks!

Julie Ann said...

Thanks for all the suggestions, I appreciate that!