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Lighter Quinoa Hoppin’ John

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 (15 oz) can rinsed and drained black eyed peas
  • 1 finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 thinly sliced celery ribs
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 lemon's worth lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 slices cooked crisp and coarsely chopped bacon

Directions

Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until most of the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, 15 – 20 minutes. Drain; rinse under cold running water and drain again. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the black-eyed peas, bell pepper, celery, cilantro and scallions.

Whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, mustard, salt, and cumin in a small bowl. Add to the quinoa mixture, tossing to mix well. Sprinkle with the bacon just before serving.