Black Bean Mango Quinoa Salad


Here is another delicious and easy quinoa salad recipe. This one has black beans, mangos, green and red peppers, red onions and cilantro. It’s a great salad for summer. I have really fallen in love with quinoa. I have tried other grains, but quinoa is my favorite. The next new one I wanted to try was farro, but that will require a special trip to Whole Foods.

My son also started day care this week. Well, gym daycare at least. I guess you could also call it kiddie gym. He stays in there all of an hour. On our first visit, he was overly excited, and had real tears when we left. I think he wanted to stay all night. On the second visit, he had a toddler tantrum when it was time to go, but settled down when he knew he could come back the next day. The third time was just as bad. We are going again tonight for a yoga class, and anticipate the same tantrum when we go to leave. I don’t know why we took so long to get back into going to the gym since I had our son, but am happy we are back to going again. I already feel better, and hope I can shed a few, post baby weaning pounds pretty fast. All my baby weight fell off pretty fast.  However, after weaning, I started putting on the pounds, fast.  It was something I was unprepared for, so I have a little work to do.

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Black Bean Mango Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

2 cups quinoa
4 cups water
1 mango, diced
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 red pepper, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 small bunch of cilantro, chopped fine
the juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup olive oil

Directions:

Cook quinoa according to package directions with water. Add all other ingredients to a large bowl.

When quinoa is cooked, add to large bowl and stir to combine. Let set for about 15 minutes before serving so that the flavors can combine.

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