Black Bean and Butternut Quinoa

This dish is as colorful as it is delicious. The subtle sweetness of the squash is a perfect complement to the black beans and quinoa. Not only is it moist and flavorful, but quinoa provides all eight essential amino acids.

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup fresh butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 cup diced onion
3/4 cup black beans, canned or cooked, rinsed
2 cups water
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon parsley, minced
1/4 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon palm sugar*
Dash cayenne
Dash black pepper
3 tablespoon olive oil

  • Toss the cubed and peeled squash in 1 tablespoon olive oil along with 1/2 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon palm sugar and dash each cayenne and black pepper. Pour into pan and cook in pre-heated oven at 325 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • In covered pot, heat quinoa with water and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer and cook until all liquid is evaporated, about 15 minutes. Take off  heat and let sit for five minutes. Fluff with a spoon.
  • Sautee onions in 1 tablespoon olive oil until well caramelized.
  • Mix quinoa, beans, onions and squash. Add seasonings, parsley and lemon juice and last tablespoons of olive oil and ½ teaspoon salt.

Serves 4

Cooking time: 45 minutes


Tips from the HeartMath kitchen

*Palm sugar is made from the sap of a sugar palm tree (also called date palm). Coconut sugar comes from the buds of coconut tree flowers. They are two different types of sugars, but sometimes you can find a combination of both. Both are natural sweeteners that come from trees and are collected as sap — like North American maple syrup. The sap is then boiled in enormous vats to create either a sugar paste (sold in jars or tins) or rock-like chunks of sugar also known as “jaggery.” (Jaggery can be made from cane sugar as well – it just means the solid, rock-like form of sugar.) I have both palm and coconut sugar in my kitchen. It came in bags and looks like brown sugar.


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Mike H.
Mike H2 years ago

Thanks I like beans

Sonia Minwer Barakat Requ
Sonia M3 years ago

Sounds good,thanks for sharing

Nicole H.
Nicole L3 years ago


Mary Delaney
Mary Delaney3 years ago

I made this for some friends and it was a hit. I even had to pass on the link to the recipe.
I doubled the recipe to make enough for everyone but I suggest if you do this add a little more than twice the lemon juice and spices as it seemed to need it. A great recipe though and I will definitely be making it again.

Rudy V.
Rudy V3 years ago

Have been looking for more recipes with quinoa;
this sounds delicious!!

Marianne R.
Marianne R3 years ago

Looks yummy

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Elena T.
Elena P3 years ago

Thank you :)