Thoughts of Summer while we bundle up to stay warm…

 

At the new year I decided to do challenges for myself. January was practicing yoga every day, which I have continued into February (and feel great by the way!) and for February, I decided to try eating vegetarian for the month. I hadn’t been a huge meat eater beforehand, and I honestly haven’t missed it that much. The winter is slow for freelancing work, so going out to eat is a luxury these days and controlling what I cook at home has been pretty simple.

I got home late the other night and needed something super quick to make. This recipe is protein-packed, tastes super fresh and was ready in less than 20 minutes. I used what I had on hand, but you can easily add in or take out whatever to your liking!

Mexi-Cali Quinoa Bowl (GF/Vegan)

  • 1 cup quinoa- pre-rinsed
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can fire roasted tomatoes, or half a diced beefsteak tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped kale
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of parsley or cilantro, chopped
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 tbsp agave or maple syrup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • more lime and avocado to garnish

First, get your quinoa cooking. I salt the water for this step as well because it helps to build flavor along the way. Quinoa cooks in 10-15 minutes.

Chop up your onion and pepper and place in a large bowl.

I had some purple kale I needed to use before it’s time was up, so I rinsed and chopped that up and added it to the bowl.

Drain and rinse the corn and black beans and add to the bowl. With the tomatoes, try to get out all of the extra liquid from the can before you add them in. In hindsight, I wished I used fresh tomatoes, but these worked just fine. Add in the parsley and stir to combine all ingredients.

When the quinoa is done, add in with all of the other ingredients. The heat will help wilt the kale and take the edge off the raw onion flavor!

Once the quinoa is mixed in, dress the salad in the lime juice, salt and pepper and a drizzle of the agave- about 1 tbsp. Taste test to your liking!

Garnish with more fresh squeezed lime and avocado. It’s quite filling, but doesn’t leave you feeling weighed down after. Hope you enjoy!!

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