Tasty Tuesday # 2: Black Bean Tomato Quinoa Salad

With my crazy schedule - 40 hours of work per week, plus a full-time master's degree program, along with training for a 1/2 marathon and working as an alumnae adviser for my college sorority - I need to save as much time as possible. One easy way to do this is to cook lunches on weekends and take them to work throughout the week. - it's incredibly healthy and very very tasty. I got the recipe from epicurious, and have added my own tweaks to make it more simple and savory. Here's how:

Black Bean Tomato Quinoa Salad:
2 teaspoons grated lime zest ($.10)
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice ($.60)
1 tablespoon olive oil ($.10)
1 teaspoon honey ($.10)
1 cup quinoa ($.50)
1 (14- to 15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained ($.50)
4 medium roma tomatoes, diced ($1.00)
1/4 cup leeks, scallions or onions, chopped ($.75)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro ($1.00)
1 medium avocado ($.55)
1 tsp cayenne pepper sauce ($.05)
salt and pepper to taste (negl)

Rinse the quinoa until the water runs clear and flaky grains to not float to the surface. Cook the quinoa as you would rice (1 cup grain to 1 cup water), for about 15 minutes. Drain well. Mix the first 4 ingredients in a bowl. Add quinoa. Stir in tomatoes, leeks, cilantro, avocado, cayenne pepper sauce, and salt/pepper until well mixed. Serve hot or cool for a tasty treat!

around $5.25 for 4 servings - one serving in a wrap works perfectly for lunch for me!

Nutrition Info:
Black Bean Tomato Quinoa Salad

Check out the nutritional info - this salad scores major points for critical nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, and iron.


Kate said...

I just had to pop over here after you posted on my blog, and I'm so glad I did! I've been on the lookout for new recipes (and I always love money saving tips!). I'm definitely going to have to try this one out, it looks tasty!

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