Quinoa & Black Bean Salad

My favorite taste-tester says that the first bite of this salad takes him straight back to Deep Mexico. The salad is hearty with high-protein quinoa, crunchy with vegetables and bright with lime. It's a real crowd pleaser!

Vegan. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free. Great for Ingredient-Driven Mexican Meal Prep. ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

"Really loved this salad." ~ LesleyBEST RECIPES!
Quinoa & Black Bean Salad was one of 2005's "Best Recipes"!Best Recipes of 2005 Allillanchu!Say "allillanchu" (that means hello!) to quinoa, a new food friend.Her name is pronounced KEEN-wah and she’s from South America where she’s been cultivated for five thousand years. The ancient Incas called her "chesiya mama", that means "mother grain".But the fact is, quinoa is not a grain at all but the fruit of a plant related to beets, chard and spinach. Still, she’s prepared and eaten like a grain so food people, for short…

Rhubarb Country Cobbler

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Roasted Salmon & Asparagus

So simple, at the same time, simply divine. Roast salmon and spring's fresh asparagus together, then top with a lemon-caper vinaigrette. It's a perfect spring supper and truth be told, all summer long at my house. Enjoy! ~ Skip Straight to the Recipe ~

Roasted Salmon & Asparagus Made the List!Best Recipes of 2005
Let's Talk Salmon.The news is stocked with salmon controversy. Does it make your skin lustrous? So promises one diet regimen. Is dye added to farm-raised salmon? Yup. Do restaurants and supermarkets pass off farm-raised for wild-caught? That too. Here’s my promise: supper should always be so uncomplicated and reliable!The first time I made – assembled might be a better description – this lovely spring combination, it took less than an hour, including, while the oven heated, twenty minutes to wash off garden grime. Or time enough to toss a salad, sip a glass of cool wine, call your sister to catch up on the week. Two Inexpensive Kitchen ToolsWhile n…