Quinoa with Black Beans

Woo hoo first vegetarian recipe I’ve made a video of!  And it’s DELICIOUS!  Don’t worry though, if you need some meat, add chicken or shrimp to the dish and you certainly won’t regret it!!

Isn’t she the cutest thing ever? Such a natural! If you want more info about our theatre company, located in Southbury, CT, call (203) 264-1009 or click on this link!  Theatre Info!

So the ridiculously easy written recipe for the healthy, delicious vegetarian dish is:

1 cup quinoa (be sure to rinse if the box does not say pre-washed)

15. oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained

2 tomatoes

1 yellow onion

1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped

1 tsp salt/pepper

1 lime

1 tbl olive oil

Now for the 3 really ridiculously easy steps:

1. Put your olive oil and onions in a medium sauce pan. Saute for 2-3 minutes.  Add the tomatoes, stir and cook another 2 minutes.

2. Add your quinoa, salt, pepper and one and a half cups of water. Stir. Cover. Simmer for 14 minutes, or until the quinoa has absorbed all the water.

3. Add the cilantro and beans. Stir. Cook just a minute so the beans can warm up.  Serve!!! Add fresh lime to the table so everyone can add as much as they would like.

Could that be any easier? Cook some chicken or shrimp if you’re not a vegetarian and add it into the mix at the end!  Very healthy, very filling and super delicious. Voila!


Julia and I have been so close ever since we met at my theatre a few years ago. I can only hope one day to have the same relationship I have with Julia with my own daughter. We are attached at the hip, and if you were wondering what she called me around 3:56, it was “Snef Snef”.  Not Chef Stef, haha!  She gave me that nickname last summer and it stuck with allll the other kids, and even some parents! I’m in one of the mother’s (eh hem, Kathy) cell contacts as Snef Snef! I love it. Best nickname I’ve ever gotten.

Julia had some medical issues the past few months. It was scary. Now that her health is increasing, I’m thrilled I get to take care of her on the days I’m not working! We get to spend lots of time together and do crafts, play games and sing Les Mis and other Broadway show tunes at the top of our lungs! I’m so happy this little munchkin and her amazing family came into my life.  Be thankful for all that you have, always. ❤


After Seussical, Jr. last summer!


cast of Seussical, Jr. dancing their little hearts out!P1050936 IMG_8016

As Julia always says… “peace and love!”

Have a great week,

Chef Stef