Mexican Quinoa Salad

3-4 cups of cooked quinoa
2 cucumbers (small or 1 large)
2 medium tomatoes or 1 large
1 clove garlic
1/2 small onion
1/2 bunch cilantro, stem included
approx. 6 T lemon juice (you may need to adjust this to taste)
1 jalapeno pepper

Everything except the quinoa is going into the food processor so chop it into larger pieces, then throw it in.

Note: if the jalapeno is really spicy remove the seeds.

Chop it fine in the food processor and mix it in a large bowl with the quinoa. This tasted delicious after being chilled for a few hours.



• 1 cup white quinoa, plus 1/4 cup red quinoa, washed and drained
• 1 cup fresh corn, off the cob
• 2 cups filtered water
• Pinch sea salt
• 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
• 1/2 cup finely diced yellow pepper (or another color bell pepper)
• 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
• 1/4 cup cilantro leaves


• 2 teaspoons lime zest
• 2 tablespoons lime juice
• 2 teaspoons cumin
• 2 teaspoons chili powder
• 2 tablespoons tamari
• 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Place quinoa, corn, and water in a medium saucepan with pinch of salt and bring to a boil.

Simmer covered for 20 minutes over low flame.

Meanwhile, whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl until well combined.

Fluff quinoa with fork, place in medium bowl, and stir in the black beans, veggies, dressing, and cilantro.

Season with sea salt if needed. Serve warm or cold the next day.

Veggie Quinoa Surprise

1 cup quinoa rinsed (uncooked)
2 cups water
2TBSP veggie or chicken boulion
1 cup steamed and chopped broccoli
1 cup steamed at chopped carrots
1 can black beans drained and rinsed

Place quinoa, water, and boulion in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes stir occasionally. Remove from heat and cover for 5 minutes. (steam the veggies while quinoa is cooking). Pour quinoa into a large bowl, add beans and veggies. Stir and serve warm or chilled. Feel free to add as many veggies to the mix as you would like. I take it easy when I am trying new dishes, I use the veggies my kids know and love.

The surprise:

**My eight year said, “this is the best family dinner ever!” then she quickly corrected herself with, “best HEALTHY family dinner ever!”
All of my kids ate without a complaint…. shock and awe! Simple yet full of nutrition. Give it a try!

Cilantro Lime Quinoa

1 cup quinoa, cooked according to package (Optional: cook in vegetable or chicken-faux stock for more flavor) Cooled to room temperature
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped finely
1 TBS Olive Oil (optional)
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and toss to combine.


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