Super bowl Sunday

This is not a post about football, silly people!

This is a post about a crazy stupid, delicious, (and figure friendly to boot) recipe. I'm really loving these types of dishes lately, base of protein, and mixing up the veggies and herbs. Lets start from the bottom of the bowl, shall we?

Bowl Ingredients:
1 cup Quinoa (with 2 cups water)
1 can black beans
Hefty handful of cherry tomatoes.
Half of yellow onion.
1 clove garlic.
Handful of baby kale.
Handful of spinach.
2-3 springs of cilantro.
Juice of half of a lime
Salt & pepper to taste.

Guacamole Ingredients:
2 avocados.
1 garlic glove.
Other half of yellow onion.
Hefty handful of cherry tomatoes.
Juice of other half of lime.
Salt & pepper to taste.

I recommend you make the guac first, it needs about half an hour in the fridge so the flavors all marinade beautifully together.

Cut open two avocados, remove pits and scoop out into a medium size mixing bowl.

(Good tip for the next few steps below, just go ahead and chop, mince, dice for both recipes and put half aside for the main dish. Way efficient.) 

Chop up all of that yellow onion, put half aside for later.

Mince up those two cloves of garlic real fine, put half aside.

Cut the two hearty handfuls of cherry tomatoes down the center and the dice up into thirds, put half aside.

Throw the avocados. tomatoes, garlic & onion all in the mixing bowl and carefully mix and mash. Add the lime half of the juice of a lime, salt and pepper to taste then put into a container with a lid and put in the fridge.

Now for the main dish:

Quinoa: (I prefer the Trader Joe's (white or red variety) brand- I used white last evening) Add the quinoa and water to a medium sized saucepan and bring 2 cups of water to a boil over medium heat. Cover and lower temp to simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Once done, fluff with a fork.

While the quinoa is cooking, open can of black beans, dump into a strainer in sink. Rinse thoroughly and shake out excess water. They can sit there until needed at the end.

I'm going to assume you all chopped. diced, minced the veggies before hand so they're ready to go, but if not then follow the next three directions. Put all veggies aside until further notice.

Chop up half of your yellow onion.

Cut the cherry tomatoes down the center and the dice up into thirds.

Mince up that glove of garlic real fine.

Roughly chop up the cilantro.

Once quinoa is finished, relocate to a realllllly large mixing bowl.
Add the beans, tomatoes, cilantro & tomatoes.

In a frying pan, add 2 tbs of EVOO, add your onions and saute those bad boys for about 4 minutes, then add the garlic. I'm warning you, keep a close eye on this procedure for about two minutes and stir constantly, if the garlic burns- it will be bitter and nasty. For the last minute add the kale and spinach to the pan so they wilt ever so slightly.

Once finished add in with the rest of ingredients and give it a few nice big churns, add a little salt and pepper and lime juice and churn again so all the flavor mix nicely.

Put some in a bowl, add some guac, a little salsa, some Greek yogurt (don't make that face! it's way healthier and tastes the same plus sour cream is not allowed in the house.. don't ask) and BOOM. Diner is served. 


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