Black Bean Quinoa Bowl

Have you tried quinoa yet? Or tried having quinoa in a bowl? Well I did, not that I haven’t had quinoa before but I am just loving eating everything in a bowl! This one was extremely delicious and totally hit the spot.

I was in Miami for a conference through my  school, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. It was over the weekend and for lunch my friends and I decided to get some tacos a bunch of our other Health Coach friends had recommended. While traveling it is often hard to find  good, healthy, gluten free food but we did  at and it was super delicious too!

Having eaten badly the night before, hey, I was on vacation, I decided to get the quinoa bowl instead of the tacos. Best decision ever!

Once back in Houston I decided to recreate the recipe. I didn’t have all the same ingredients so I worked with what I had in the fridge. It didn’t turn out bad at all!

Quinoa Bowl
Quinoa Bowl at Taquiza Tacos, Miami Beach, Florida


Chicken and Black Bean Quinoa Bowl
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This quinoa bowl is so filling that you can easily just have it for lunch or dinner but it will work as a family style salad as well.
Recipe type: Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 2
  • 1 cup tri colored quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup black beans, boiled
  • ½ white turnip, diced
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • handful cilantro, chopped
  • Dressing
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Cabbage Slaw
  • ¼ head white cabbage
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Start by boiling the quinoa.
  2. While that is cooking, start on the slaw.
  3. Slice the cabbage and add oil, vinegar, salt and pepper.
  4. Toss to combine and let marinate in the fridge.
  5. Once the quinoa is ready, add the black beans and the rest of the vegetables.
  6. Add the dressing and mix to combine.
  7. Serve in a bowl with the cabbage slaw on one side and any protein. I added some pan sautéed chicken breast.

Instead of charred corn, I used some boiled black beans I had hanging out in the fridge from another game changing recipe I will share soon! Instead of jicama in the original recipe I added turnip and finished it off with some cilantro.

I often make quinoa as a substitute for rice. Quinoa is healthier and has less calories than the same amount of white rice. I eat it with any curry I have on hand. Try it with this lentil dish or this Chicken  Kofta Curry.



My weekend in Miami was fabulous! I got to step out of my comfort zone and meet new people. Some I had met virtually through the school and others I connected with while there. The bonus was getting to eat some of the most delicious healthy food I’ve had in a while, just like this quinoa bowl right here!

Try this recipe out and tell me what you think!

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