When you think about eating nutritiously, does it make you cringe a bit? Like nutritious food can’t really taste very good? Well, the good news is that it can, you just have to reposition how you think about it and possibly how you prepare it. Even if we want to pretend it’s not true, we all know that good foods give you energy, make you feel better (Less bloating! No sugar crashes! No indigestion!), and with some great flavor mixing and seasoning, you’ll not regret it… and you can still have that occasional jelly doughnut. Try this light salad that mixes strawberries in with lots of protein!
Quinoa, Black Bean & Strawberry Salad
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- ¾ cup quinoa, uncooked
- 1 fat free chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 can (8.75 oz.) or 1 cup frozen corn kernels
- 1 can black beans (15.5 oz.), drained and rinsed
- ½ cup fresh cilantro
- 2 cups strawberries, chopped
- 4 to 5 cups of baby spinach
In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and cook until lightly browned. Add quinoa, broth and seasonings. Bring everything to a boil, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the water is absorbed. Stir in the corn and black beans, and let cool, or store overnight in a refrigerator.
Mix all strawberry dressing ingredients in a blender. Blend for about 30 seconds or until everything is well blended. Set aside in a small pitcher.
When you’re ready to serve, fold the strawberries and cilantro into the quinoa mix. Serve cold over a bed of baby spinach leaves, and drizzle strawberry dressing on top. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
It’s not what you’d think of for your every-day meal, or salad, but it’s filling, nutritious, and tasty!
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