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Paleo Cacao No Bean Chili

Paleo Cacao No Bean Chili

Our diet is mostly plant-based. For over a year, we ate entirely vegan in our home, which worked great for us! Our toddler, however, refuses to eat any of the plant-based protein sources and so we’ve since added organic (and grass-fed when possible) meat and […]

Family Favorite Red Lentil Tacos

Family Favorite Red Lentil Tacos

I LOVE red lentils. They’re inexpensive and PACKED with nutrients like magnesium, zinc, potassium, iron, and B vitamins. They’re also full of protein, with one cup of cooked red lentils averaging around 18 grams. This makes them an awesome meat alternative for the nights you […]

(Actually Delicious) Quinoa Mango Black Bean Salad

(Actually Delicious) Quinoa Mango Black Bean Salad

While in Utah for Christmas, my husband’s cousin brought a bright and fresh quinoa salad to the family Christmas party. That spot of freshness in the midst of the heavy Christmas food was SO refreshing to me. It was like a bright spot in the middle of winter. I asked for the recipe and immediately started thinking of ways to make it better. I completely re-did the dressing, added some extra veggies and BAM! This is what I came up with. And DANG. It’s good.

I love a good recipe that has perfect amounts of fiber (beans, quinoa and veggies), protein (beans and quinoa), and fat (avocado and oil). One of the best things we have done with this recipe so far is making a big batch at the beginning of the week for lunch meal prep. It’s perfect for a healthy, but filling and well-balanced meal in the middle of the day.

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(Actually Delicious) Quinoa Mango Black Bean Salad
Guys. For real, I have never LOVED quinoa. But honestly, I LOVE LOVE LOVE it in this salad. I'm a quinoa girl now. The trick that I had to learn was that you need to really rinse the quinoa before cooking it to help it not be bitter. This brought out the yummy, nutty, natural flavors of the quinoa. That, combined with a rockin' dressing and a ton of fresh veggies, made for the perfect bright salad in the dark and cold winter.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
people
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly rinse the white quinoa using a fine mesh strainer; this helps remove the bitter flavor that you often get from quinoa. Bring 1 1/4 cups water to a boil in a pan and add the quinoa. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook 10-15 minutes until water is absorbed. Without uncovering, remove from heat and let steam for 5 minutes on the stove until uncovering and fluffing with a fork.
  2. While the quinoa cools to room temperature, dice all of the veggies and place in a large bowl.
  3. When the quinoa is cooled, drain and rinse the black beans and combine the veggies, black beans, and quinoa. Place in the fridge to chill.
  4. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  5. Toss the mixed dressing with the salad ingredients and enjoy!