Zesty Quinoa Salad with Black Bean & Cilantro

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I love protein-packed quinoa, but it’s often a bit too bland for my bodacious mouth. This recipe helped give it a kick in the bland butt. Try it out and tell me what you think!

Quinoa Mexicana
Serves 4 to 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 avocado diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped spinach
  • 4 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch salt & pepper

Bring to boil 1 cup quinoa with 2 1/2 cups water. Once boiling, cover and reduce heat to a simmer until water is evaporated and quinoa is light an fluffy.

While quinoa is cooking, chop veggies and prepare dressing.

To make dressing, blend olive oil, lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup cilantro in a blender.

Once quinoa is complete, add dressing and coat. Fold in black beans and veggies. Add remaining cilantro and toss.

Serve immediately with chips!

This can be placed in the fridge for up to two days and enjoyed cold.

By: Brittney Hiller
Source: www.mindbodygreen.com

2014-02-04T11:54:46+00:00

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    I am currently writing an eBook for www.dherbs.com called "Losing weight the healthy way." I have been a weight loss counselor for many years. I am also a health coach, personal trainer, bodymind nutritionist, and a vegan lifestyle coach. 

     

    When it comes to weight loss most programs want you to lose weight to get healthy. My mindset is to get healthy and lose weight. 

     

    In my health/fitness/nutrition coaching program www.theveganeffect.com I use a lowfat/high carb/ high raw/ nutrient dense/ high alkaline diet to achieve long term weight loss success. So far I am 100 percent in getting clients long lasting weight loss. If you are interested in my program please fill out the health history form on the side of the web page. We could have a free 1 hour initial consultation over skype to see how I can best help you.

     

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    Bridge: Dates and strawberries (500 calories) 

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    Bridge: 2-3 apples

    Dinner: Raw wraps (collard greens) with low sugar fruit and tahini

    Snack: Sorbet

     

    Hope this helps

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