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Quinoa Black Bean Salad

 In an effort to get back on the healthy eating game after so many tropical cocktails in the Caribbean, I pulled out my Weight Watcher's New Complete Cookbook that I bought in January and had kind of abandoned.  Before I scare you off, trust me, this is amazing!  I can't follow strict "don't eat this diets" so I have been a huge fan of WW since it helped me drop some graduate school weight back in the day. I love how you can truly eat whatever you want.  The key is portion control people! That's where I struggle, sometimes :)
I recommend you prep your ingredients and then DUMP in a nice bowl
1 cup quinoa (follow box directions for cooking, I use my rice steamer for less cooking drama)
1 1/2 cup of water ( to cook quinoa, I used about 1 3/4 cup in my rice steamer)
salt to taste
1 cup of corn (but I did a can)
3/4 pound large shrimp ( I prefer the cooked kind =less work) omit if you are a shrimp hater!
1 can of black beans rinsed and drained
2 large peaches chopped ( I used canned peaches bc my store was out of fresh, leave juice out)
2 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
Lemon juice to taste (my taste is mucho lemon juice!)
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
pinch of cayenne  ( I used Cholula hot sauce and was super generous with my bowl)
You know by now that sealaura dishes mostly involve dumping a bunch of ingredients into a bowl or a pot and sayonara! And this is a perfect recipe that involves just that.   I served it chilled and it was a hit, granted I only have one customer at my dinner table but hey, he ate it and had seconds and thirds (I know, portion control!)!  By the way I am one toe deep in to my first Texan Summer and it is HOT so more salads are on the horizon.
What do you eat on hot summer nights?


Joyce said...

thanks for the recipe. I love easy and light meals for this time of year. xo

O D Y S S E Y said...

I eat light (lots of salads) in the summer, too. Year-round when I was in the BVI. :)
I keep seeing quinoa and had to look it up the other day to see what it was! This recipe is right in line with my usual eating habits. I will definitely be making this soon! Mr. Odyssey may even be on board with it.
Thanks for sharing another tasty looking recipe!
*Re: Texas summer, the good news is it's a lot better than last year and supposed to continue being "moderate" (yeah, whatever that means). Fingers crossed no 100s!

Nicolle said...

I'm at my mom's tonight, and we just pigged out on Tortas, and chips/salsa. I feel SO FAT! I have got to start eating better. I feel like I eat really healthy 90% of the time. I don't know if stress is making me gain or what? Anyway, I will for sure be making this salad, minus the shrimp. :) It looks so delicious!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Looks OH so wonderful....and healthy!

Sarah - Squeezed Daily said...

portion control...what's that? I would eat that dish till I;d feel sick I'm sure of it!

Sar x

Melissah from Coastal Style said...

That looks both delicious & healthy!


Shorely Chic said...

this salad looks delicious!! I must try it!