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Black-Bean and Tomato Quinoa
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Contributed by: samy, thanks to epicurious.comAdded: Feb 22, 2009 at 03:42 PM


This recipe is easily modified for several blood types, leaving out the tomatoes is fine, changing the bean variety is fine too.

Best Used By Blood Types:
  • Type A (3 beneficials)
  • Type A Non Secretor (1 beneficials)
  • Type O (1 beneficials)
  • Type O Non Secretor (1 beneficials)
  • Entree
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted ghee, melted and cooled
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 (14- to 15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
How to make it:
  1. Whisk together lime zest and juice, ghee, oil, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Wash quinoa in 3 changes of cold water in a bowl, draining in a sieve each time.
  3. Cook quinoa in a medium pot of boiling salted water (1 Tablespoon sea salt for 2 quarts water), uncovered, until almost tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Drain in sieve, then set sieve in same pot with 1 inch of simmering water (water should not touch bottom of sieve).
  5. Cover quinoa with a folded kitchen towel, then cover sieve with a lid (don't worry if lid doesn't fit tightly) and steam over medium heat until tender, fluffy, and dry, about 10 minutes.
  6. Remove pot from heat and remove lid.
  7. Let stand, still covered with towel, 5 minutes.
  8. Add quinoa to dressing and toss until dressing is absorbed, then stir in remaining ingredients and salt and pepper to taste.

BTD Core Ingredients Analysis:

NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Quinoa  N N N N N N N N
Black Bean1 B N A A A A N N
Scallion  N N N N N N N N
Lime/Lime Juice1 B N N B N N N N
Ghee (Clarified Butter)1 N N N B N B N N
Olive Oil1 ,2 B B B B B B B B
Coriander  N N N N N N N N

BTD Variations and Substitutions Analysis:

Vegetable Product(s)
NameNotesA SecA NonABSecABNonB SecB NonO SecO Non
Tomato/Tomato Juice1 ,2 ,3 A N N B A N N N

[1] This recipe uses ingredients which may help limit bacterial overgrowth.
[2] This recipe uses ingredients which may be genetically modified .
[3] This recipe uses ingredients which may be high in chitinase, an allergen.

  • This recipe is low in common allergens.
  • This recipe is gluten free.
  • This recipe uses ecologically friendly ingredients.

    If an ingredient is an avoid for your blood type, then try using a BTD compliant variant/substitute or leaving the item out of the recipe.

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    Revision History:
    • Revised Mar 02, 2009 at 08:34 PM By: Lola