red quinoa & black bean salad

by Diane Lofshult on Aug 27, 2008

Food for Thought

Quinoa is a healthy alternative to other types of whole grains. When paired with high-fiber black beans, quinoa is a great backdrop for a healthy and unique salad. Serve this salad as a side dish, or pair it with crusty, whole-grain bread for a light meal.

1 cup red or regular dry quinoa

2 cups water

1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed

2/3 cup salsa

2 green onions, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons (tbs) cilantro, chopped

2 tbs grated soy cheese

Add quinoa to 2 cups water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until all the water is absorbed (about 10–15 minutes).

Place the cooked quinoa in a medium-sized bowl. Add the salsa and black beans, and gently mix until combined. Place in serving bowls. Garnish with green onions, cilantro and soy cheese. Makes four servings (about 1 cup per serving).

Per Serving: 264 calories; 3 grams (g) fat; 12 g protein; 48 g carbs; 8.4 g fiber; 0 milligrams (mg) cholesterol; 192 mg sodium.

Source: Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.

IDEA Fitness Journal , Volume 5, Issue 9

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About the Author

Diane Lofshult IDEA Author/Presenter

Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach,...

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