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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Getting Back on Track with this Quinoa Salad!

So pretty!  It looks like confetti! It's a party in your bowl!

I've been trying to get back on track with my healthy eating.  I came across Dr. Amen's work.  (If you don't know who he is, he's a doc who has been doing brain imaging and has been helping people with brain problems for over 20 years.)  I am intrigued by his premise that if you eat brain-healthy foods, then your brain will make better food choices, thus making you healthier.  Makes sense, right?  Anyway, I saw his "Quick Wit Quinoa Salad" recipe in his latest book and I thought I'd try it.  I ended up changing some things, so here's my version:

Modified "Quick Wit" Quinoa Salad

cook 1/2 cup of quinoa according to package directions.  (Basically, you add double the water and boil for 15 minutes.)
1 can of black beans
2 stalk celery, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
A mixture of grape tomatoes (he says to use cherry tomatoes)
1 avocado, cubed
1/4 cup of olive mix (the kind you put on muffalettas.  This is my addition.  He doesn't have olives in his recipe.)
the juice of one lime
pine nuts (as desired)

Mix together and enjoy! 

Note:  Don't forget the pine nuts!  I totally forgot to put them in which was a shame since I had bought them especially.  Oh well, it was still delicious without them.

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