Quinoa and black beans yield burgers even meat eaters will enjoy

Today’s recipe puts a vegetarian twist on the burger that even non-vegetarians will enjoy. These black bean and quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) burgers are full of tasty flavors and spices and high in protein and fiber.

Quinoa is a seed, and many cooks use it as a grain. It’s sometimes referred to as the “mother grain” because of its nutritional value. But compared with many grains, quinoa is gluten-free and contains greater amounts of protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins and dietary minerals. The seed resembles the size of the tiny pasta called couscous, but it’s slightly crunchy and more nutritious.

Specifically, quinoa is a good source of iron, copper and magnesium. There are 8 grams of protein in a cup of quinoa. More important, people enjoy the sweet and nutty flavor of quinoa. It’s no wonder savvy food manufacturers are adding it to pasta dishes and premade salads.

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