I'm no stranger to cooking quinoa in soymilk... This breakfast quinoa topped with dried cranberries and toasted pecans is still a favorite around here, especially given the cold, snowy winter we've had!
But for whatever reason, it just never occurred to me to try this method in a savory quinoa recipe, like this Southwest Quinoa Bowl. Typically I just go with my tried and true rice cooker method, using chicken stock, and call it a day.
However, cooking quinoa on the stove top really doesn't require too much additional work. Plus, I've found that cooking my quinoa in soymilk for this delicious recipe imparts a lovely, creamy texture -- almost like you've swirled sour cream into it, but without all of the added calories and fat!
In case you've been living under the same rock that I have, Silk® offers organic varieties of their soymilk! I've never seen them locally, so I was super excited to find this Silk Organic Unsweetened Soymilk at Walmart. This is what I used, but you can substitute any of Silk's unsweetened or original products.
The triple threat of the quinoa cooked in soymilk with added black beans means this recipe is literally packed with protein. Served warm or cold, it's a fantastically filling lunch option that will keep you satisfied for hours.
Cooking this once early in the week will yield about a week's worth of quick and easy lunches, which is perfect since sitting down to a real lunch has NOT been one of my strong points lately!
I like this Southwest Quinoa Bowl best topped with halved grape tomatoes and a few slices of avocado. Serve it with a wedge of lime for a little additional zing!
Cooking With Soymilk
Did you know that soymilk can be substituted one for one with dairy in your favorite recipes? Boasting more calcium, it's a great way to lighten up those recipes that you normally save for special occasions. It's delicious in smoothies, mashed potatoes, creamy soups, and breakfast treats -- and that's just scratching the surface!
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