Red beans and quinoa

We’ve all heard of red beans and rice right?  One of my favorite kitchen moves is to nix the rice and try substituting quinoa instead.  It happens around here all the time.  Here is my most recent example of this. Red beans and quinoa!!

I saw a recipe the other day on Iowa Girl Eats for a Jamaican Jerk’d Chicken dish with a side of red beans and rice. Neither of these have ever made an appearance in my kitchen, so just like that Monday night dinner was decided.

It was a pretty good decision. Wes claimed the meal tasted “very authentic.” Although, I’m not entirely certain he has ever had authentic Jamaican Jerk’d Chicken. To my knowledge, he has not been to Jamaica, but I could be wrong.

Jamaican Jerk’d Chicken

Modified from Iowa Girl Eats
1 pound chicken tenders
1 pound chicken thighs
1 tbsp all spice
1 tbsp dried thyme
1 tbsp brown sugar
5 fresh sage leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
3/4 cup vinegar
3/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
2 limes, juiced
4 green onions, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Red beans and quinoa
1 1/2 cup water
3/4 cup marinade (from above)
1 cup quinoa
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 green onions, chopped

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Slowly add in liquid ingredients, whisking together.  Reserve 3/4 cup of the marinade for the quinoa. Add chicken to the bowl and let marinate for several hours.

Cook chicken under the broiler or on a grill. I let mine broil for about 10 minutes, flipping half way through.

While chicken is cooking prepare quinoa. Add water, marinade, and quinoa to a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then let simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Add in kidney beans and green onions. Simmer for 2 minutes.

Chop chicken and serve on top of red beans and quinoa.

I know the ingredient list is slightly daunting, but I bet you already have the majority of these spices in your cabinet at home. And everything comes together so quickly.  The chicken was good, but my favorite was definitely the red beans and quinoa.  In fact, I could have done without the chicken and just had the quinoa.  Pretty sure that is what I will be eating for supper tonight… along with handfuls of the homemade granola I have plans to make after work.

I have a serious love affair with granola. Yes, I’m aware that it is not, in fact, good for you. It was a sad day when I realized that. I’m still debating what I want to add to my granola… chocolate chips? dried fruit? walnuts?  Guess you will find out tomorrow!

Talk about building anticipation…. 🙂

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