Thursday, January 21, 2010

Quinoa Black Bean Salad

Quinoa Black Bean Salad

After my " Kill Me Now Pound Cake" posted a couple of days ago, I nearly died, literally. I could feel my arteries getting smaller and smaller and the seems on my jeans were looking a bit taught.... so.... This is what I am eating for the next few days and trying oh so hard to stay clear of those darn girl scout cookies.

This is really delish and makes me feel so alive!! My sweet and oh so health conscious friend Liz shared this Yummy Fun with me and I totally love it!

1 C uncooked quinoa (see below)
1 Can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 C roma tomato diced
1 large cucumber sliced (I used the mini cucumbers at Costco)
1 red bell pepper diced
1/4 purple onion diced
2 + limes (for juice) to taste
1 C frozen corn
1 avocado diced (optional)
1/2 bunch cilantro - rinsed and finely chopped

I added these few things for dressing
red wine vinegar/apple cider vinegar (to taste)
olive oil (2 tlb)
pinch of pepper
pinch of course salt

Cook quinoa according to directions. While quinoa is cooking dice your vegetables. Once quinoa is cooked add frozen corn 1st to start the immediate cooling process for the quinoa, then add all the remaining veggies and dressing (lime, vinager, oil s&p) :) and place in fridge until chilled. Serve alone or with healthy tortilla chips.

This is Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah). It might not be new to you but it is relatively new to me and I think I have found my new favorite thing. It is high in protein, high in fiber, contains all 8 essential amino acids and high in iron, calcium, magnesium and B vitamins.

It can be used as a substitute for rice or pasta, put in soups, breakfast cereals and I even put it in my morning shake today raw (but rinsed). ONE HELPFUL hint, make sure you rinse thoroughly, there is a very bitter outer coating that must be rinsed before boiling. Apparently you can cook it and freeze it as well though I have not tried it. Anyway, I am sure you will see more of this little goodie from me in the future.


Amanda D said...

We did a "health fair" at church a couple of weeks ago for RS, and the lady that spoke on nutrition talked about Quinoa. I'd like to try some -- where do you buy it?

Jen said...

ooooo...yah! another healthy recipe for me to put on the menu! I've been wanting to try this Quinoa stuff anyway so this is anything that has avacado and cilantro gets my vote! Thanks again Jen!
Ps. I can help you get those seams on your jean to loosen up too, ya know! ;)

Whitney @ Drab to Fab Design said...

I just recently started cooking with quinoa, and I love it! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I made your avocado bean dip two days ago and we love it!!