Sunday, January 5, 2014

Black Bean, Quinoa, and Spinach Stew

My New Year's Day started off on a wonderful foot with Whole Wheat Mixed Berry Muffins and continued right along its merry way at lunch with this fine dish. I've been a fan of Joe Yonan since I first came across his great book, Serve Yourself, which is full of amazing recipes for just one person. Some might say I over-think my diet, but even if I'm just cooking for myself, I take joy in preparing a proper meal.

And this recipe is certainly worth the relatively meager time and effort. Not only is this meal extremely healthy, packed with veggies, beans, and healthy grains, but it is bursting with flavor too. The smoked paprika makes the dish extremely hearty and earthy, with each different kind of paprika lending a unique character. This recipe can serve two modest appetites or one robust diner, and while I had good intentions of saving half for lunch the following day, I devoured the bowl in one sitting. While this generous meal might not prepared me for the Badgers loss in the Capital One Bowl, it did quickly satisfy a craving for chili on a cozy day at home.

Black Bean, Quinoa, and Spinach Stew
adapted from Joe Yonan at The Washington Post
serves 1 to 2

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 very small onion or large shallot, chopped
1 medium clove garlic, chopped
1 small carrot, chopped
1/2 to 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (pimenton, sweet or hot), to taste
1 small tomato, hulled and chopped
1/4 cup dried quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups homemade or no-salt-added vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 cup homemade or no-salt-added cooked black beans
Kosher or sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup lightly packed baby spinach leaves, chopped

1. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the
onion or shallot, the garlic and carrot; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is
translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the paprika, tomato, quinoa, broth and black beans.
Season with the salt and pepper.

2. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to low
so the mixture is barely bubbling around the edges. Cover, and cook until the quinoa has
swelled and is tender, 20 minutes. Stir in the spinach leaves and cook just until they are
wilted, a few minutes. Taste and season again with salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and eat.

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