Sunday, February 13, 2011

Let's start the week off healthy...

After leaving you all FAT for the weekend...ug!...it's time to start the week off right:

:Fruits:Vegetables:Whole Grains:

Five a day, kids!

This Epicurious recipe is kid tested and church potluck approved!

Try it!

 Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

 
1 1/2 cups quinoa (small disk-shaped seeds)*
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, rinsed if canned
1 1/2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups cooked corn (cut from about 2 large ears)
3/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
2 pickled jalapeƱo chilies, seeded and minced (optional)
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh coriander (cilantro)

For dressing
5 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin, or to taste
1/3 cup olive oil

*available at specialty foods shops and natural foods stores

In a saucepan of salted boiling water cook quinoa 10 minutes. Drain quinoa in sieve and rinse under cold water. 
While quinoa is cooking, in a small bowl toss beans with vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.
Transfer quinoa to a large bowl and cool. Add beans, corn, bell pepper, jalapenos, and coriander and toss well.

Make dressing: In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, salt, and cumin and add oil in a stream, whisking.

Drizzle dressing over salad and toss well with salt and pepper to taste. Salad may be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring salad to room temperature before serving.


*Even better with fresh tomatoes!

3 comments:

peter marie said...

Mmmmmmmm....I just bought some quinoa this weekend and this sounds perfect for supper. Thanks!!

Savvy Little Women - Kate said...

Oh my, that looks so good! And it is much needed around here seeing as I have had way too many vday sweets already today!

H-Mama said...

'church-pot-luck' approved. you crack me up. :) looks yummy!