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July 26, 2012

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

I miss my CSA with Gruber Farm so much! I’m going through withdrawals. I’m seriously having a countdown until the Fall season begins on August 28th. On Tuesday, Boding and I stopped by the Mount Pleasant Farmers’ Market so I could restock my refrigerator. One of the greatest health tips I can give you is that having fresh fruit and vegetables on hand will discourage you from eating processed foods. You also save a ton of money by not eating out. It’s not rocket science, I promise!

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Trader Joe’s Harvest Grain Blend (or just plain quinoa)
  • 2 medium ears of fresh corn, kernels removed
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • juice of 1 lime
  • fresh cilantro, for topping

Preparation:

  1. Prepare grain blend or quinoa as directed on package. Let cool and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and toss gently until evenly combined. Top with fresh cilantro or sliced avocado.

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This is one of those recipes that is satisfying on so many levels.  It’s delicious, healthy, and full of flavor. It packs a bunch of fiber and protein to boot. Share with your friends – they’ll love you for it! Here’s the nutritional information that I calculated on Livestrong.image

Meals like this are the reason I’m okay with frequent visits to frozen yogurt shops because it’s all about the balance. But, as of 1 week ago, I haven’t had any desserts/candy AT ALL. At work the other day, Dane (pushups partner) and I decided we should try giving up sweets for 2 weeks. I’m happy to say that I didn’t go into cardiac arrest OR a deep depression. One week to go!

Ironically, I got 3 cavities filled yesterday. Another reason to abstain from sugar! Wells Fargo was not happy when I swiped my card for that dentist bill.

And then I bought this Sonicare toothbrush. : )

Favorite vegetable combo? I can’t get enough of fresh corn & avocado!

Do you regularly eat sweets or are they a random treat for you?

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