I almost didn’t add this black bean quinoa bowl recipe to the blog because I thought it might be too simple and easy. Then I realized that most of us are looking for simple and easy meals to feed our families. Throw in the fact that these black bean quinoa bowls come together really fast and they are extremely healthy and you’ve got yourself a great recipe!
About a month ago I came across a soy free, gluten free, soy sauce replacement that had about an 1/8th the amount of sodium in it as regular soy sauce and thought it was too good to be true. The brand was “Big Tree Farms Organic Coco Aminos”. The only ingredients are Organic fair trade coconut flower blossom nectar and Balinese sea salt. It wasn’t very expensive so I decided to give it a try.
Finding substitutes for traditional ingredients has taken a lot of research and have been really hit or miss so I was pretty skeptical that this soy sauce replacement would work out. Surely something so simple won’t taste like soy sauce right?? Wrong! I first tried it just all by itself to see how it tasted and to my surprise it was absolutely delicious! I was so excited that it tastes so similar to soy sauce because now I can start making more Asian inspired dishes!
So one night after work I was really struggling to come up with an idea for dinner. Usually when that happens I just start cooking some basic things and see what comes together as I go. So I started with some quinoa, added some black beans, and a couple cups of mixed veggies. I threw in some basic seasonings like garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper, and realized the Coco Aminos soy sauce substitute would give this dish a delicious flavor. And oh boy it did!
This has become one of my favorite quick meals and I find myself making it at least once a week. Usually I make a big batch on Sunday and then have it for lunch for a few days during the week. It takes about 25 minutes start to finish and you get about 4 meals out of it. Can’t beat that! I feel like its also a dish that can be customized to your liking. You could cook it with some chopped onion and sauteed garlic to elevate the dish and make a stir fry or add in even more of your favorite veggies.
What are some of your go to simple dishes? I love these black bean quinoa bowls especially because they are super simple. I also can’t wait to try more recipes featuring this Coco Aminos soy sauce substitute. Keep an eye out for more Asian inspired recipes and I hope you enjoy these super simple and delicious black bean quinoa bowls as much as I do!
- 1 cup of quinoa uncooked
- 2 cups of low sodium vegetable broth
- 2 15 oz cans of black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 2 cups of mixed vegetables
- 3 tbsp Coconut Aminos Soy Sauce Substitute (or your favorite gluten free soy sauce substitute)
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- Add the quinoa and vegetable broth to a large pot and set the stove to medium high heat.
- Once boiling, lower the heat and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes until the quinoa has puffed up and the liquid has been absorbed.
- While the quinoa is cooking, heat the mixed veggies in a pan according to the cooking directions on the bag. You can also microwave or steam the veggies.
- Once the quinoa is done cooking, add the mixed vegetables, black beans, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and Coco Aminos to the pot.
- Stir well to evenly distribute the Coco Aminos and seasonings. Enjoy!
- Serving Size: 4
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