Vegetarian Experiment: Recipe Recap #4
April 13th, 2010

My vegetarian experiment concluded a couple of weeks ago, but I have a couple of straggler recipes that I wanted to post.  You can link to the quinoa recipe by clicking on the name.  Hope you enjoy these!

Corn and Black Bean Quinoa Salad
: Gimme Some Oven
: Easy.  Just your basic chopping and stirring.
Labor: Low.  This came together in about 20 minutes with very little fuss.
Overall Results:  Very good.  I increased all the veggies.  I used a whole bell pepper, 4 or 5 scallions, ½ cup cilantrio, and two ears of corn.  I stuck with the single can of beans called for.  The veggies didn’t overpower the grain at all, so I’ll make it this way again.  I also thought the dressing needed a little sweetening, so I added a tablespoon or so of honey.  This kept well for 4 or 5 days in the fridge. 

Black Bean Soup
Source: My own head
Difficulty: Super Easy.  If you can slice a shallot and open two cans, you’re all set.
Labor: Low
Overall Results:  I was really happy with this.  I had some leftover beans and broth and decided not to waste them for a change.  I didn’t have any at the time, but this would be great served with a dollop of sour cream on top. 

2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 Tbs vegetable oil
½ tsp cumin
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can low sodium vegetable or chicken broth
Salt and pepper
Sour cream and cilantro (optional)


  1. Sauté shallots in vegetable oil over medium high heat until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add beans and cumin and continue to sauté one minute more.  Add broth and bring to a simmer. 
  3. Transfer to a blender or food processor (I used an immersion blender which worked great) and puree until smooth.  Return to pot and simmer until soup has thickened slightly, about 5 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve with sour cream and chopped cilantro on top.

2 Responses to “Vegetarian Experiment: Recipe Recap #4”

  1. Eva Says:

    Yum! Our meatless meals often include black beans (usually some Mexican-ish dish) so I’m happy to expand into these two recipes.

    There’s a great little series on The Huffington Post I just found that you might like: Meatless Mondays by Chris Elam.

  2. Kristen @ Motherese Says:

    Hooray for straggler recipes! And thanks, Eva, for the reference to the HuffPo series.