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  • Super Simple Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Salad

    This salad is a great source of vegetarian protein. Thank you to my colleague Krissy for the recipe inspiration and I believe the original recipe came from www.skinnytaste.com

    This salad is really simple to throw together and is great for lunches. It has such an amazing burst of flavour with every bite. It was also a hit with my 2 year old who helped prepare it!

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    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup cooked quinoa
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 1 can black beans, rinse
    • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1 cup chopped fresh mango
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    • juice from 1 medium lemon
    • 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tsp dijon mustard
    • 1/2 tsp ground cumin ( I like using roasted cumin)
    • 1/2 tsp chili powder
    • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric

    Directions

    1. Rinse 1/2 cup of dry quinoa. Add to pot. Add in 1 cup of broth or water, a pinch of sea salt and the garlic cloves. Bring to a boil. Then simmer for 15 minutes or until cooked.
    2. Mix the dressing in the bottom of a large bowl; lemon juice, olive oil, dijon, cumin, chili, and turmeric.
    3. Add in the black beans, cooked quinoa, bell pepper, mango, onion and cilantro.
    4. Combine with dressing and enjoy! I like to serve with arugula salad.

     

    Simple Arugula Salad

    • 1 huge handful of arugula per person
    • 1/2 juice of 1 lemon
    • olive oil
    • sprinkle of sea salt

    Directions

    1. Lay arugula on a plate.
    2. Squeeze lemon juice on top, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt
    3. Use your hands to toss a bit
    4. Then add the black bean and quinoa salad

    Have you ever tried quinoa? If you have, what is your way to enjoy! Please share in the comments below!

  • Super Easy Quinoa Granola

    I love granola. But granola doesn't really love me. You see, I am allergic to oats :( Whenever I eat them I get a runny nose and about 1/2 hour after eating I get a blood sugar crash. Sometimes foods that are considered healthy might just not be healthy food for you. Each one of us is biochemically unique and we all require different foods to thrive. If you are suffering with any issues from digestive problems or any type of inflammatory condition from arthritis to eczema you might want to take a mindful look at your diet and discover if the foods you are eating are triggering your symptoms. Learn more about my path to wellness here!

    Okay, now on to the good stuff. You can swap quinoa flakes for large flakes oats if you would like. I love serving this with plain yogurt (I enjoy sheep's milk yogurt)  or freshly made almond milk (recipe to come, super simple to make). I also like to serve it with seasonal fruits.

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    Picture - Quinoa granola, fresh almond milk, local peaches and blueberries. Yum!

    Quinoa Granola

    • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (or you could use coconut oil - I have tried both with great success)
    • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup*
    • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
    • 3 cup quinoa flakes
    • 1 cup raw nuts - I used walnuts and pecans
    • 1 cup raw seeds - I used pumpkin and sunflower
    • 1 cup organic raisins
    • A pinch of sea salt

    Method

    1. Preheat oven to 400F
    2. Mix all ingredients together until well combined (if using coconut oil, please melt before mixing so it gets evenly mixed)
    3. Place all ingredients on a parchment lined baking sheet (you might need 2 so it can be spread out evenly)
    4. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown
    5. Let cool. Enjoy right away or store for later use. Can be stored for 2 weeks, if it lasts that long in your house

    *I use Organic Brown Rice Syrup by Lundberg. Brown Rice Syrup is a thick sweetener and produces granola clusters which I love. You can also use other natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, honey or coconut nectar.

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