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Double Beans With Quinoa Company

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In my cupboard lay a few unused food items of dinners past. This is the story of how “Double Beans With Quinoa Company” came to be. You know those days you don’t have a clue what to make for dinner, so you just grab your favourite foods at the market and hope you’ll come up with something brilliant when you hit the kitchen? You buy too many things because it’s better to be safe than sorry. In the end, you wish you had something you don’t, but it turns out pretty good nonetheless.

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Then a few weeks pass and you realize you didn’t use this can of chickpeas yet, and you had some green beans left over from something you made a few days ago, and those really need to get used … or else! Sounds like it’s time for a food collage. No, not of the macaroni and marker variety. You start boiling some water and throw in a grain product (quinoa, for instance), then you scrounge around for some spices and find the remains of a bunch of parsley to pluck from. After some tossing and toasting something delicious lands on the table.

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Another thing you can do with leftover food is remake the famous “Powers of Ten” video, originally by Charles and Ray Eames. Okay, it’s kind of already been done by Encyclopedia Pictura. They are the masters behind this really stunning visualization of the universe … with food. They call it Micro-Macro. Check it out.

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Speaking of collages, this music video for Tame Impala‘s ” Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” is pretty spectacular. It’s made entirely from plasticine collages. I’ve been working a bit with claymation and stop animation recently, but my work pales in comparison to the masterly work of Becky and Joe. Also, if we’re talking about stop animation, can we take a moment to remember Ray Harryhausen? Sure, Clash of the Titans really freaked me out when I saw it in Grade 6, but I’ve come to respect his work a lot more since.

Double Beans With Quinoa Company

(Inspired by food.com)

Makes about 8 side dishes.

  • 1 can (19 ounces/540 millilitres) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 12 ounces green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch/2.5 centimetre segments
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, plus extra for seasoning if desired
  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 1/3 cup onion, diced (about half of a small onion)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  1. Pat the rinsed chickpeas dry with a cloth or paper towel. Place in an unheated oven then turn it on to 425˚F (220˚C). When oven has heated remove the chickpeas and toss with the green beans, 2 teaspoons of olive oil and black pepper. Return to oven and roast for 15 minutes or until green beans have started to get brown on parts, but not crispy. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. While the chickpeas and beans are roasting you can place the quinoa and basil into a medium pot with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the pot to sit for 5 minutes before removing the lid and fluffing with a fork.
  3. Combine the chickpeas, green beans, quinoa, garlic, remaining olive oil, rice vinegar and parsley. Season with more pepper to your liking.
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2 comments on “Double Beans With Quinoa Company

  1. Sophie33
    June 8, 2013

    I love your tasty quinoa & 2 bean recipe a lot! Yummy for my tummy!

    • kahht
      June 8, 2013

      Mmm, those roasted chickpeas make my mouth water. I’m glad it filled your tum!

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