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It was one of those nights where I had no idea what to eat. France headed out for Bikram Yoga at 5pm and wouldn’t be home until close to 7, which meant dinner was squarely in my court. I opened the fridge with a blank, deer-in-headlights kind of stare to see what inspired me. All that stood out to me was broccoli and the batch of black beans I’d cooked a few days before (I eat beans, eggs, and spinach for breakfast every day). So, what’s a boy to do?
Yup. I enter black beans, broccoli, and quinoa (that’s what I wanted to eat) into Google, and lo and behold an intriguing recipe popped up from a punk rock vegan cook who runs the blog Post Punk Kitchen. I used to be a punk rocker, and I had lots of vegan friends so this brought back fond memories. But nostalgia aside, this recipe is a WINNER. We are definitely making this one again.
Black Bean, Quinoa & Broccoli Salad with Blackberry Serrano Sauce
1 cup quinoa
2 cups of water
6 tbsp of butter
4 1/2 cups chopped broccoli crowns
1/2 an onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups black beans, cooked
salt & pepper
In a small pot, place 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes, or according to package instructions. Once cooked, mix 3 tbsps butter in quinoa and add salt & pepper to flavor.
While the quinoa is cooking, prep the broccoli. Chop 1/2 an onion into small pieces. Chop the broccoli crowns into bit size pieces until you have about 4-4 1/2 cups. Add 2-3 tbsps of butter to a frying pan. Add onions and broccoli to the pan and cook for 7-10 minutes, or until broccoli reaches the desired doneness. Do not overcook the broccoli. Add the black beans 2 minutes before the broccoli is finished cooking to allow them to warm up. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Once cooked, remove from heat, and combine the broccoli, onions, and black beans with the quinoa in a large bowl and mix together.
Blackberry Serrano Sauce
1 clove of garlic
1/3 cup almonds
1/2 serrano pepper, seeded and diced
1/4 cup water
1 cup frozen blackberries, thawed
1tsp maple syrup
sprinkle of salt
Put the garlic and almonds in a food processor and blend until it is flour like (my food processor wasn’t good enough to make it like this, so don’t fret if it’s still rough). Add the remaining ingredients and blend until desired consistency is reached.
To serve, place the black bean, broccoli & quinoa salad on a plate and top with blackberry serrano sauce. The sauce is fantastic so don’t hold back. Enjoy!
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I’m sharing this with My Meatless Mondays, This Chick Cooks, Cast Party Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday’s, The Tasty Alternative, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Pennywise Platter Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Freaky Friday, Friday Food Flicks, The Local Cook., and This Week’s Cravings.
By Joshua Sprague