Tasty Tuesday: Black Bean, Quinoa & Citrus Salad
Get your taste buds ready!
Here on the PGX blog we are starting a new series called "Tasty Tuesdays." This series will feature healthy recipes from across the community and some of our staff favourites. We will also demonstrate ways that you can incorporate PGX in the recipe to help keep you feeling full and manage your sugar levels.
To start us off we've found a healthy Black Bean, Quinoa and Citrus Salad that pairs perfectly with a hot summer day. Both quinoa and black beans contain fibre and protein which helps you stay full. Fibre and protein are also slowly digested and keeps you from the blood sugar roller coaster. Just like black beans and quinoa, grapefruit that is found in this salad helps lower cholestrol levels.
I made the Black Bean, Quinoa and Citrus Salad last night at home and brought it in to the PGX HQ for lunch today. Everyone dove right in and I'm pretty sure it was a massive hit. There was only a couple crumbs left - always a good sign. We decided to add PGX granules and mix it into the salad. I haven't caught anyone hunting down an afternoon sugar fix yet so I would say it worked great!
Recipe & Image Source: Eat, Live, Run
Black Bean, Quinoa and Citrus Salad
for the salad:
2 15-oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 red onion, minced
2 large grapefruits, divided into segments and chopped
1 large red bell pepper, diced
3 ears fresh corn, kernels chopped off'
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 large (ripe but firm) avocado, diced
1 small bunch cilantro, minced
for the dressing:
juice of 3 limes
2 tsp cumin
3 T extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
Bring quinoa to a boil with three cups water with a pinch of salt. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all water is absorbed and quinoa is light and fluffy. Remove from stove and let cool while you prepare the rest of the salad.
Place black beans, red onion, grapefruit, cilantro, bell pepper, avocado and shucked corn kernels in a large bowl. Toss to combine.
In a small bowl, whisk together all dressing ingredients. Add quinoa to salad then pour over dressing. Toss well and serve.
Salad will keep in sealed tupperware containers for up to five days in the fridge.
45 minutes (includes prep time for chopping veggies)