Friends, I’ve been playing around with Buddha bowls and various salad recipes all summer.
Now, with the bounty of cherry tomatoes in my garden kicked into high gear, I’ve had ample opportunity to craft the pinnacle recipe. This salad is bursting with freshness; the flavors vary from one bite to the next, but each is equally refreshing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Buddha Garden Salad
AuthorCarla Anderson FIT BFFs
1/4cupdried quinoa, prepared
1cupcherry tomatoes, halved
1cupsweet corn kernels
115 oz cangarbanzo beans, drained
2tbspred onion, diced
Combine quinoa and water in a small sauce pan, prepare according to package directions.
In large bowl, combine blueberries, cherry tomatoes, corn, cucumber, garbanzo beans, garlic, onion, cilantro and lime juice. Add cooked quinoa and mix.
Salad can be refrigerated at this point until served; mix in avocado just before serving.
As March winds down, I am completing work on a Nutritional Scavenger Hunt I’ve been chipping away at all month. The challenge was provided by the dietitians at my local gym and has really motivated me!
One of the tasks was to prepare some provided recipes, and when I tried this one, I knew I had to share it with you. I’ve been doing a lot with quinoa lately. I don’t know why it took me so long to get on board with it, I avoided it thinking it was complicated. Friends, quinoa couldn’t be simpler to work with and the results are delicious and nutritious!
Quinoa and Black Beans
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 – 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Heat oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic to saute until lightly browned.
Mix quinoa into saucepan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.
Stir frozen corn into saucepan, continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through. Mix in black beans and cilantro.
This recipe yields ten 1/2 cup servings at 76 calories each with 2.6 grams of protein and 1.9 grams of fiber.