Back Bean & Mango Quinoa Salad

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Could it be…SPRING? The sun has been shining and giving me hope that soon I can pack up my witer coats for good! I still have them out because I do not want to take a chance and jinx it. Elle’s favourite new word is “side” (outside). She is constantly bringing me her shoes and asking to go “side, side!” I really don’t know how I am going to get her to come inside at all once summer comes along. I can’t say I blame her, though. It sure is nice not to be stuck indoors anymore. I love how fresh everything feels during spring. Fresh flowers, fresh growth, fresh beginnings. In keeping with the this fresh sensation, I decided that I needed to make something bright, light and fresh to eat. Presenting: Black Bean & Mango Quinoa Salad. The great thing about this salad is that you can really add as many things as you want to it. This is what I put in mine:

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups cooked quinoa (This just happened to be the amount I had cooked already)
1 can (15.25 oz.) black beans
1 Kiett mango, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
3 green onions, thinly sliced (greens and whites)
1 medium sized lime
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons honey

Step 1)
Rinse and drain the beans to get all the bean goop off.

Step 2)
Once everything is sliced and diced, mix all vegetables with the quinoa in a large bowl.

Step 3)
Squeeze the entire lime onto the quinoa and veggies. Then drizzle the vinegar and honey over the whole mixture. Mix it all up!
And there you have it. Eat the rainbow with this tangy salad. I served mine over long leaves of lettuce. It also goes really well as a side with grilled chicken breast. I love the tropical vibe I get from this salad…so summery!

Nutritional Information Per serving
1 serving = 1 cup salad, for a total of 8 servings
Calories: 299
Carbohydrates: 59g
Fat: 3g
Protein: 11g
Sugar: 11g

Hope you all enjoy this salad and enjoy the sunshine this weekend!
-Rianna

 

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Ginger Sesame Chicken Salad

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Hi everyone! I hope that you’ve all had a fun-filled weekend. Today I am sharing with you a recipe that I decided to try during the week. Since we had one day of 50 degree weather (Hey, this is warm when a few days ago we were hit with more snow!), I was thinking of making something light and spring-y. The recipe? Ginger Sesame Chicken Salad, adapted from the recipe that Curtis Stone shared in Redbook.  I loved it and so did Elle! Well, she liked the chicken and the carrots, but wasn’t such a fan of the cabbage (she is just getting her molars now, so she still has trouble with grinding foods that are hard to chew). Here’s what you’ll need to get started cooking:

Dressing:

¼  cup soy sauce

3 Tbsp finely chopped (and peeled) fresh ginger

3 Tbsp canola or vegetable oil

2 Tbsp hoisin sauce

1 Tbsp sesame oil

1-2 tsp sriracha (I used 2…i like the kick it gives!)

1 tsp sea salt

¼ cup white vinegar

Salad

2 cooked chicken breasts, marinated in Hoisin sauce, and cut into bite-sized chunks

1 lb napa cabbage (I only used half of my cabbage), cut into thin slices

1 large carrot, shredded

3 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced

½ cup slivered almonds, toasted

1 tsp black sesame seeds

STEP 1.

Get that chicken cooked! I used 2 chicken breasts with the bone in. Once marinated, I popped it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes. Once it had cooled, I cut it into (bite-able) pieces. You could also grill your chicken, or try cutting it into pieces before you cook it and then pan fry it.

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Step 2.

As your chicken is cooking, you can work on the next steps. It is also a good time to put your toddler in her highchair for snack time while she helps you measure ingredients. Now is the time to mix together all the ingredients for the dressing, and set aside.
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Step 3.

Chop up that cabbage! Slice those scallions! Shred that carrot!
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Step 4.

Toast your almonds. I dry toasted mine on a small frying pan on medium heat. They were very thin sliced almonds and only took about 4 minute to get nice and toasted. We ended up having to make more than 1/2 a cup because Elle and I ended up incorporating  them into snack time!
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Step 5.

Mix together all the salad ingredients, including the chicken, into a large bowl. (Those cabbages are quite compact and seem to really expand when chopped up!) Drizzle your sauce over the salad and mix together until all ingredients are coated. Grab a fork and dig in!
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Hope you all enjoy! I know I did…I may have had it for lunch 3 days in a row.  You might even be lucky enough to have some little hands help clean the dishes when you’re done!
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Nutritional Information:

(I divided this into six servings, so that turned out to be about 1-1/4 cups per serving)

205 calories
10g carbohydrates
15g fat
10g protein

I’d love to know if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions!
-Rianna