#YUinPRINT Finalist: Jumpin’ Shirley (Quinoa & Beans)

Entrant: Vanessa Padecky

Vanessa says:
This recipe is a riff off of Hoppin’ John. It’s one if my favorite dishes to make, because it’s easy, filling, and makes for great leftovers. The chipotle peppers add a nice smokiness to the dish but don’t overpower it. If you don’t like spicy food, use 1 teaspoon of chili powder and 1/2-1 oz of chipotle peppers.

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Servings: 4-6
Time: 25 minutes

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 cups veggie stock (your own tastes better)
2 oz chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (look for gluten-free or you can use dried chipotle powder, to taste, starting with 1 tsp and adding as needed)
2 cups black beans, rinsed and soaked (preferably not canned)
1 cup red beans, rinsed and soaked (preferably not canned)
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 bell pepper (any color), chopped
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon chili powder
1-2 tablespoons ground cumin
Fresh lemon juice

First, cook the quinoa in the stock according to package directions (or if you bought in bulk, use these instructions here). You could use water, but the veggie stock makes it so much better.

Cook the soaked beans according to these instructions.

As the quinoa and beans are cooking, chop your onion, pepper, and garlic. Also, chop the chipotle peppers and keep the sauce.

Take a skillet and heat the olive oil in it. When it gets a glassy look, add the onions. Cook down the onions (about 5 min). Add the garlic and the chopped fresh peppers. Cook those down. When it looks like the peppers seem soft (about 5-7 min), add the cooked beans and quinoa.

Then add the cumin, chili powder, and chipotle peppers with adobo sauce. Mix and let cook for another minute or two.

Add a couple of squeezes of fresh lemon juice. (It makes the dish a bit brighter.)

Serve. Leftovers can keep for several days. I think it actually could last longer, but we tend to eat it right away!

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  1. Capn Video

    Yes! Looks yummy!

  2. Alice Spaulding

    Sounds delicious!

  3. Vanessa

    This is one of my favorite things to make. It’s hearty, filling, and so good.

  4. rosenwinkel

    Mmmmm, tastes as good as it looks!

  5. Sam

    Yes! Looks super easy and delishious.

  6. Natalie

    What a versatile dish, looks like it would go with anything!

  7. Kristine

    Looks delicious and something I could make!

  8. Michelle Patterson

    Anything Vanessa makes is outstanding!

  9. Jerry

    Yes! Who doesn’t love a tasty twist to beans and quinoa?

  10. Melanie

    YES! I love quinoa, this looks very healthy, easy, and tasty!

  11. Trish Reed

    Yes! This is a powerhouse of nutrition in an easy-to-make main course that packs a lot of flavor. Perfect for leftovers, too?! Holy Smokes…I’ve won the lottery!

  12. Lisa hardy

    Delicious! I made this for my lunches this week and can’t stop “tasting” it. I love the combo of spicy chipotle with the lemon. Very light, too.

  13. Todd

    YES! – My Mom’s name was Shirley!

  14. Kc Mendicino


  15. Tony

    YES! This dish is AMAZING!

  16. purpleKB

    Do I love this? Yes, I do!

  17. Robert Civettini

    I work with Vanessa and I’ve tried this leftover from the night before. It is really good! I have shared it with my Mom who has Celiac and she loves it too. ( although without so much spiciness)

  18. Heinrich Schemmelfinny

    Sounds GREAT! I’d eat that for a dollar!

  19. Mary Ann

    A “resounding” YES!!!!!!!!! Absolutely delicious and easy!

  20. Gordon

    YES! I love spicy! And don’t call me “Shirley”.

  21. John

    YES! I tried it and it is indeed delicious!

  22. Doug

    Looks delicious!

  23. zarko stambolic

    looks very tasty

  24. bill paxton


  25. Mark

    Yes, I ask for this once a week..

  26. Doug

    Again, delicious. Jumpin’ Shirley is a fine name, certainly, but I have some other suggestions you might consider, such as:

    Boundin’ Jennifer
    Sashayin’ Kate
    Tremblin’ Eduardo
    Quiverin’ Milton
    Panderin’ Ted
    Heartbrok’n Tommy
    Drivin’ and Cryin’ Ogden
    Stare’n-in-a-disturbing-manner Randolph
    Unaware of his body odor’n Enrique
    Too-drunk-to-line-dance-but-keeps-tryin’-anyway Brenda
    Shufflin’ Doug

    I’ll send more suggestions when time permits

    • Heinrich Schemmelfinny

      Get back to work Doug!!!!

    • Heinrich Schemmelfinny

      How about “Tasty Tommy!”

  27. Heinrich Schemmelfinny

    YUMMY! If you make this all the time – I can understand how Mark stays so fit and trim . . . and STUDLY! 🙂

  28. Anika

    Ever since I read the recipe earlier this week, I’ve been thinking about it. It doesn’t require much time to prepare, it looks hearty and would be easy to craft a whole meal around or can certainly stand on it’s own. Very nice!

  29. MRS. Heinrich Schemmelfinny

    Absolutely love it…Heinrich asks for it all the time…can’t get enough..

  30. Haiku Robot

    If I could eat food
    I would eat this meal daily
    my circuits are sad

  31. Ryan

    Yes! This looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it.

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