Refrigerator Quinoa

It’s the week before grocery shopping, and we have odd stuff left in the house. I moved the rice aside yesterday to find a whole trove of quinoa. We had cooked black beans in the frig already from a meal that didn’t quite make it the day before, and there was still corn in the freezer. Thus my refrigerator decided dinner.

Refrigerator Quinoa

1 cup uncooked quinoa

2 cups water

1/2 an onion, chopped

2/3 cup cooked black beans

1/2 cup frozen corn



Lime juice


I cooked the quinoa first. Put just the quinoa and the water in a dish, cover, and solar cook till the seeds open up and it looks fluffy. Then put all the remaining ingredients in a baking dish with about one and a half cups of cooked quinoa. Season to taste. I like about a teaspoon of cumin and about a tablespoon of lime juice. Cook in solar cooker until the onions are soft and the corn is defrosted.

Spritz with more lime juice and garnish with cilantro.


Rating: okay. My nephew wouldn’t touch it. I liked it but not enough to make purposefully again.

I am looking forward to planning some new meals. One bonus of the solar cooker is that I can actually bake this summer! It’s far too hot here to bake inside during the summer, but this year I can bake outside!

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