Lunch Today: Black Bean and Quinoa Power Bowl

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black bean quinoa power bowlIf you want to kick up your salad game, try a power bowl. Power bowls are basically amped up salads. Many times they are supplemented with nutrient-rich grains and protein to make them more filling and to provide energy to sustain you throughout your day, perfect for lunch. They are also very simple to make.

Power bowls usually consist of vegetables, protein and whole grains and then tossed with a delicious dressing. Nuts  and seeds are great toppers and add texture, as well as important nutrients. This recipe uses black beans as its protein, spinach as its main veggie and quinoa as the whole grain. But you could easily use chickpeas, kale and brown rice. Add your favorite foods to make it your own.

Black Bean and Quinoa Power Bowl

• 1 1/2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 garlic clove, crushed
• 1 small red onion, diced
• 1 medium pepper, seeded and diced (any color)
• 1 cup quinoa, cooked
• 1 cup cooked black beans
• 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
• 1 cup baby spinach
• 1/2 cup chopped parsley

Heat olive oil in frying pan over medium heat. Add garlic, onion and pepper. Cook until soft. Remove from heat and toss in remaining ingredients. This makes enough for two. Garnish with parsley and enjoy!

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