Class Act

 I was an under-study for a "Healthy Eating" class. Last night, I got my chance to shine.

Sort of.

Seriously, do I look like I eat healthy???  Well, we do.  But as usual, I try to over-achieve.  I am a star with a fork!! Yea -- therefore, the 15 lbs. I need to get off my butt!!

But I have an awesome recipe for you today ....

If you wanted to add more whole grains to your diet, here is a recipe for Southwest Quinoa Salad that is great!  With onions, black beans, corn and red pepper..... it is full of nutrition just by itself.  But it would be wonderful with grilled chicken breast.

Southwestern Quinoa Salad
3 cups of water
Chicken Bouillon cube (or vegetable)
1 -1/2  cups of quinoa, rinsed
1/2 tsp sea salt

Juice from 3 Limes
2 tsp cumin
½ tsp chili powder
1/8 tsp ground chipotle chili powder (or cayenne)
2 T red wine vinegar
2 T olive oil
4 cloves of minced garlic

1 can black beans, drained
½ cup fresh or frozen corn
½ red onion, diced
½ cup roasted red pepper, diced
1 T minced jalapenos
¼ cup cilantro
½ cup queso fresco (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large pot combine water and chicken bouillon and bring to a boil. Add quinoa and salt and boil for 10 minutes.

2.  Remove from heat and rinse quinoa and place in a fine metal sieve or fine colander. Bring a fresh pot of water to boil.  Place quinoa in the sieve over it. Cover with a kitchen towel and lid. Steam for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

3. Meanwhile make the dressing by combining lime juice, cumin, chili powder, chipolte chili powder, vinegar, olive oil and garlic. (You can do this in a small bowl or in a blender)

4. In a separate bowl, combine black beans, corn, onion, red pepper, jalapenos and cilantro.

5. After quinoa cools, combine with black bean mixture. Stir in cheese if,  desired.

6. Toss with dressing and serve at room temperature or chilled.

Try it .... so many of us wonder what to do with some of these grains.  This will be a staple in our home.  And it makes a lot.... so I am having it for lunch.  YUM!!!


Barb said…
I just made a pot of quinoa yesterday. It is the staple that goes into my low carb wraps with veggies and craisins and some sort of organic dressing. It makes such a wonderful quick lunch. MaryJane Butters had several recipes for quinoa in one of her books or magazines (can't remember which) a couple of years ago. It is so versatile. Will have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.
Michelle said…
YUM! Am getting some quinoa today if I'm out in my pantry!
annapate said…
Thanks for sharing yummy good stuff ♥
Anonymous said…
My daughter thought this would be really good on top of sliced french bread as an appetizer.

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