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Trio-Color Quinoa & Beans ~ Gluten-free & heart healthy

Trio-Color Quinoa and red quinoa are my two favorite varieties of this popular superfood.

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All varieties of quinoa are highly nutritious. Quinoa is gluten-free, non-GMO, and believe it or not, it’s not considered a grain. That’s right; it is a seed that is prepared and eaten like a grain.

Quinoa has a high nutrient content but is also a great protein and fiber source. It even has a small amount of omega – 3 fatty acids. The fact that it is a complete protein is pretty cool too, which means it has all the necessary amino acids.

Still not interested? I wasn’t either for a long time. The problem I discovered was that I didn’t like regular quinoa. I’m not sure what prompted me to try the trio quinoa, but I am so glad I did! I love red and trio quinoa. I think it has a lot to do with the texture, but I also feel like the red and trio quinoa have a milder flavor. Whatever the reason…I’m hooked!

To Make Trio-Color Quinoa & Beans, You Will Need These Ingredients:
Trio-Color Quinoa
Broth or water (I used chicken broth in this recipe) Vegetable broth for plant-based diets.
Olive oil (use broth for fat-free)
Cayenne pepper
Coriander leaf
Black beans
Kidney beans


Here Are Some Delicious Ways To Eat Quinoa:
1. As a side dish.
2. Add to soups instead of rice.
3. On salad.
4. Taco fillers.

Quinoa and bean version of a Southwestern Salad with sweet peppers, red onion, corn (if not allergic), quinoa, guac, and salsa. Add some ground turkey as an option too.

tri-colored quinoa and bean taco salad


Fill tacos and burritos with tri-color quinoa, olives, guac, lettuce, cooked sweet potato cubes, and salsa.


tri-colored quinoa and bean tacos

I hope you enjoy tri-color quinoa. However, you decide to dish it up!

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5 from 1 vote

Trio-Color Quinoa & Beans

A low-fat healthy versatile side dish that is protein and fiber-rich. Great for tacos, burritos, salads, and more.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Keyword: corn-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, healthy, low fat, nut-free, quinoa, soy-free, tri-color quinoa
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 276kcal


  • 2 cups Trio-Color Quinoa
  • 4 cups broth or water I used chicken broth in this recipe Vegetable broth for plant-based diets.
  • 1 LG. onion chopped
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil use broth for fat-free pilaf
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp coriander leaf
  • 1 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can kidney beans drained and rinsed


  • Saute onions and garlic in olive oil in a large skillet. Add quinoa, broth, and spices. Mix well.
  • Bring covered mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes.  Stir in drained beans, cover, and continue cooking for about 5 minutes. Beans should be hot.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1048mg | Potassium: 600mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 94IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 4mg


tri-colored quinoa and beans



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  1. 5 stars
    We love this recipe and make it all the time. My favorite way is in the salad…so good! I also love to scoop it up with chips!!

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