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Cranberry Bean Quinoa.

February 24, 2012 by Carolina

I picked up these beautiful cranberry beans at the Winter Park Farmers Market & couldn’t resist putting them to use immediately. How gorgeous are they?! I’ve never cooked cranberry beans before & was pleasantly surprised to discover they’re nutty & delicious. Sometimes as a vegan or vegetarian we resort to good ole black & pinto beans but the bean family is vast; there are so many beans to try!

These cranberry beans were a great discovery for many reasons. For one, they’re beautiful & though they lose their color in the cooking process they don’t lose any of the flavor. They are also very nutritious, filling and satisfying. Cranberry beans are tasty guys  — even tastier when enjoyed with quinoa (don’t even get me started on how much I love quinoa. Yum!) I have a feeling you’re going to like this one!

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

1 1/2 cups fresh cranberry beans

6 cups water

1 dried bay leaf

2 tablespoons olive oil, separated

1 cup white onion, diced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 1/2 cups vegetable stock

Juice of 1 fresh lemon

1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped

Salt & pepper, to taste

First things first, shell the cranberry beans & rinse.

Bring water & bay leaf to a boil then add the cranberry beans, bring  back to a boil. Simmer for 15 – 20 minutes until beans are tender & remove from heat.

In a saucespan, warm 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion & garlic & cook about 3 – 4 minutes until translucent. Stir in quinoa & toast lightly for a couple of minutes. Add vegetable stock & bring the quinoa to a boil. Once brought to a boil reduce heat to simmer, cover pan & cook for 25 – 30 minutes until vegetable stock is absorbed. Remove quinoa from heat & fluff with a fork. Add cranberry beans, remaining tablespoon of olive oil, cilantro & lemon juice to the quinoa & stir…& you’re done. Buen provecho!

Have you ever tried cranberry beans? What’s your favorite bean?


Carolina is a marketing professional living in Orlando, Florida. Originally from Colombia, Carolina loves experimenting with different spices in the kitchen. When she's not cooking she loves to run, practice yoga and spend time with her dog Rocco. Carolina is passionate about travel and always has her suitcase packed and ready to go!

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