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Working Late Dinners

Our favorite way to spend a weekend is catching up on cooking shows. We put it on while we decide what dishes we are going to cook that week, meal prep and cook. Our favorite shows are The Chew, Pioneer Woman, Giada, Barefoot Contessa and of course---Trisha Yearwood.

This recipe was featured on her episode "Working Late" which we can relate to. Many nights we don't eat until 9pm at night and we're always looking for something that doesn't make us feel guilty but is still full of flavor. This recipe for a Black-Bean Quinoa Feta Bowl looked healthful but was packed with our favorite Mexican flavors.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock

  • 3/4 cup golden quinoa, rinsed

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 5 ounces baby spinach

  • One 12-ounce bag frozen sweet corn kernels, thawed

  • Two 15-ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 to 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, torn, for garnish


In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, heat the oil until shimmering, about 2 minutes. Add the onion and saute until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for 2 minutes more. Add the stock and quinoa and mix until fully combined. Add the cumin, cayenne, and some salt and pepper. Increase the heat to high and bring the mixture to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Add the spinach and gently toss with the quinoa until wilted. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the corn and black beans. Crumble the feta over the top and garnish with cilantro.

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