Quinoa and Black Bean Salad.

I may sound a little weird when I say I appreciate left over food from a previous day. There are several days where I fail to push myself and get inventive in the kitchen, which I now refer to as my man cave. That period of time is commonly on the 9 hour plus workdays. Leftovers to me are a a constructive start to taking what has already been cooked, seasoned, and fabricated to eliminate time, and from the excess food I can use my skills and creativity to then create another meal with these leftovers, therefore I am not wasting food.

The mystery basket game is always fun to play. What meal can I generate using a random 5 ingredients I have hanging out in the refrigerator. Today’s lunch wasn’t that hard to figure out. I had left over black beans that had already been cooked and seasoned from when my boyfriend Brandon made enchiladas for dinner a few nights ago. My original idea was to make black bean burgers then I decided I wanted quinoa involved which I also had leftover. If you haven’t cooked with or eaten quinoa, you should really start. Quinoa is considered to be a whole grain but it technically a seed. I love Quinoa for 3 main reasons: 1.) It cooks quickly, 2.) It tastes great on its own, and 3.) Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids making it a complete protein. Quinoa is a cholesterol free and gluten free whole grain, is kosher for passover, and is almost always organic. I mean seriously, whats not to love?!? Plus you can do almost anything with it in terms of cooking serve it cold or hot and it goes great with fruit and vegetables mixed. Do whatever you want, your the boss!

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: 20 Minutes


-1 Cup Quinoa, cooked according to package directions

-1 15 oz Can Black Beans, rinsed

-1/2 Yellow Bell Pepper, small dice

-1/2 Yellow Onion, small dice

-1 Clove garlic, minced

-1/2 Bunch Cilantro, chopped fine

-1 Teaspoon Cumin

-TT Salt & Pepper


-Rinse and cook Quinoa according to directions if you haven’t yet done so.

-Saute garlic over medium heat in a small pan until light brown. Add in onions and pepper and saute until translucent about 5 minutes.

-Place quinoa in a medium mixing bowl. Add in beans and cooled down vegetables. Season with cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir until combined.

-Mix in cilantro last. Taste and season more if needed.


Source: What is Quinoa?


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