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Friday, July 22, 2011

Black Bean and Tomato Quinoa

I paired this with the Garlic-Lime Pork Chops and what a flavorful plate of dinner!  This is easy, healthy, fresh and delicious!

Serves 4


2 Tsp grated lime zest
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tsp sugar
1 Cup quinoa
1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 Medium tomatoes, diced
4 Scallions, chopped
1/4 Cup fresh cilantro, chopped


Whisk together lime zest and juice, butter, oil, sugar, 1/2 Tsp salt, and a 1/4 Tsp pepper in a large bowl.

Cook quinoa according to package.  Set aside.

Add quinoa to dressing and toss until dressing is absorbed.  Then stir in remaining ingredients and add salt and pepper to taste.

Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic Lime Sauce

This was MOUTH WATERING!  Wow.  My husband and I made a comment after every single bite!  These were an absolute HIT.

Serves 2: (with extra sauce)


1/4 Cup fresh lime juice
1 Garlic clove, minced
1/4 Tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/3 Cup olive oil
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 1" thick boneless pork chops


Whisk together lime juice, garlic, red pepper flakes and 1/4 Tsp salt, then add oil in a slow stream, whisking well.  Whisk in cilantro.  Set aside.

Prepare a gas grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-high heat.  Pat pork dry and season each side with salt and pepper.  Grill chops covered, turning once, about 6 minutes total.  Serve drizzled with sauce, and additional sauce for dipping.