WIAW Eats + yummy Quinoa recipes!

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Happy Wednesday! Time for What I Ate Wednesday…my eats came from last Thursday and include a recipe for a new dish — Quinoa Black Bean Veggie Bowl! (Yes, it’s quite similar to my quinoa black bean burgers I made later last week. Mmmm!)

WIAW 12.12.12

Breakfast: 1/2 c. oats with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 tbsp. flax seed, and scoop of peanut butter

Morning Snack: Pear

Lunch: 1/2 sandwich (turkey, lettuce, and dijon mustard on whole wheat bread) and a big salad with light balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Afternoon snack: Tall Skinny Vanilla Latte from Starbucks and trail mix (pretzels, cashews, and almonds)

Dinner: Quinoa black bean veggie bowl and baby carrots (not pictured)

Evening Snack: Black Cherry Chobani with wheat bran granola

The quinoa black bean veggie bowl has been a new favorite of mine because it’s quick, simple, gluten-free, and packed full of yummy veggies!

Quinoa Black Bean Veggie Bowl
Serves 1

  • 1/4 c. quinoa cooked
  • 1/4 c. black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 c. red and green peppers
  • 1/4 c. tomatoes (I used low-sodium canned.)
  • 1/5 c. corn
  • Red onion
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Lime juice and cilantro (optional)
  1. Spray a large pan with olive oil cooking spray or lightly coat with EVOO. Add all of your chopped veggies and black beans. Cook until tender.
  2. Add cooked quinoa to veggies in pan and stir.
  3. Season with lime juice, cilantro, and spices. Enjoy!

How to “level up” this recipe:

  • Add some chopped avocado or avocado salsa. 

How to “level down” this recipe:

  • Swap quinoa for some brown rice instead. 
  • To add some flavor, top with salsa, low-fat sour cream, and/or reduced-fat Mexican cheese.
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