Monday, January 27, 2014

A Meatless Monday

Southwestern Quinoa Salad


This is a lovely combination of black beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, onion, and quinoa dressed with olive oil and fresh lime juice and seasonings such as cayenne pepper and cumin.

It is both vegetarian and vegan and really a nutritional powerhouse.  You can read about each individual ingredient if you click HERE, the World's Healthiest Foods.

The dish is full of fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates, monounsaturated fat (the good kind), vitamins and antioxidants.  All these nutrients are good for heart health, help prevent stroke and digestive woes  (quinoa is a gluten-free grain), and help protect against the development of cancer.  Quinoa is also a plant-based source of calcium.

Plus, I think it tastes really delicious and it is very satisfying as a meal that will keep you fueled and energetic.

12 comments:

  1. That looks great. The more colorful a meal is, the more nutritious it is.

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  2. I have not yet eaten quinoa. I guess I should try it sometime. It certainly is all the rage in healthy foods.

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  3. I have never had quinoa either but I want to try it soon. That dish looks amazing and I know I would like it. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. This looks fabulous! I'm always looking for new ways to use quinoa. I just added it to our corn chowder tonight and it was great.

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  5. Some new to me ingredients also. Can you believe I have never eaten avocado?
    I really need to follow your lead and at least declare one day a week meatless.

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  6. If it has avocado in it I will eat it. Plus avocado is a good source of potassium. Perhaps I will try the one day meatless. It sure can't hurt and that looks yummy.

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  7. This would be great for my vegetarian daughter. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. It looks very good. I have never heard of quinoa. I need to look into making more of a salads, like this. Excellent.

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  9. That looks pretty good. Maybe I will try it some time soon. I do like salads. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. This is exactly the kind of food I love! Thank you!

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  11. I love this stuff, too. I just don't bother making it, though. I must get on this.

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  12. That looks so good! Might have to just chop a little Serrano chili pepper to add to it!

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