Quinoa and Black Beans


Quinoa is one of the most protein rich foods we can eat, combine that with black beans and you have a protein punch! Quinoa is rich in iron, fiber, magnesium and lysine. This is a great dinner to make if you are short on time and just want to “whip up” something quick and healthy!

Ingredients:

•1 tbs olive oil

•5 cloves of garlic, chopped

•1 yellow onion, chopped

•1 green bell pepper, chopped 

•1 15 oz can of low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained 

•1 cup quinoa

•2 cups water 

•1 tbs apple cider vinegar

•Spices: smoked paprika, garlic powder, cayenne, cumin

Directions: 

Boil the water and quinoa and prepare as directed on the bag. In another pan, sautée the onions and garlic in olive oil until translucent. Add the peppers and cook until translucent. Then add the black beans, vinegar and spices and stir. Cook on low about 5 minutes. 

Serve over a serving of quinoa and top with your favorite hot sauce! Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

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What better way to spend a cold, snowed in evening than with some chocolate chip cookies that will warm up your night? These cookies go from scratch to your mouth in less than 20 minutes! Not only are they dairy free, but they are packed with protein and fiber that will keep you full after only a couple! So, kick up your feet and enjoy these with a cup of tea or hot cocoa by the roaring fireplace!

Ingredients (Pre-heat oven to 350)

3/4 cup natural peanut butter

1/3 cup Earth Balance

1/3 cup almond milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp baking powder

2 cups of oat flour

1/4 cup of agave syrup

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup of dairy free chocolate chips

Combine all of the ingredients, roll into balls and bake for 12 minutes on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Enjoy!