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Mango Quinoa Salad

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Mango Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:

  • 3 c. cooked quinoa
  • 1- 14 ounce can black beans rinsed & drained
  • 1 medium mango peeled & diced
  • 6 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c. chopped cilantro
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper diced
  • for the dressing-
  • zest of one lime
  • 8 T. red wine vinegar
  • 6 T. olive oil
  • 4 T. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. sugar
  • kosher salt & fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Method:

Cook & cool quinoa to room temperature. Combine the first 8 ingredients in a big bowl & toss. In a mason jar or salad shaker combine remaining ingredients for dressing & shake. Pour over salad & toss.

Quinoa Burgers-

Ingredients:

  • 2 heaping c. cooked quinoa
  • 3/4 c. shredded cheddar cheese (can use whatever variety you like)
  • 1/2 c. low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 c. carrot, finely grated. (about 1 medium carrot) you could also use 1 cup grated
  • zucchini squeezed dry
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 3 green onions, including white parts
  • 1/2 t. sugar, or sugar substitute
  • 1/4 t. black pepper
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. ground cumin
  • 1/8 t. garlic powder
  • 1/8 t. cayenne (can omit if you don't want any heat)
  • Olive oil for frying

Method:

To cook quinoa, bring 2 cups water & 1/2 tsp salt to a boil, add 1 cup quinoa & cover. Reduce heat to low & cook for 15-18 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Let cool to room temperature. In a large mixing bowl combine cooked quinoa, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, carrot, eggs, flour, green onions, sugar, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder, & cayenne if using. Mix to combine thoroughly. Heat a frying pan over med-low heat so they have time to set up without falling apart. Add a about 2 tbsp olive oil and shape about 1/4 -1/3 cup portions into patties (they will be sticky) Drop into pan & flatten to about 1/2 inch thick. Fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side. Makes about 10-12 burgers.

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