black bean quinoa w/ heirloom tomatoes and pale lager

23 Jul

yep, that says pale lager.  i had beer, too!!  🙂

so, this was my first “solid” meal after my cleanse.  this was the first grain and/or legume i had in 7 days!  so weird. hard to believe i made it through that cleanse.  the middle ground was definitely the hardest, but today i feel great!  i also did a ton of “other” cleansing last night to include a calcium bentonite clay mask, mustard seed bath, sage-smudging, and meditation by candlelight and incense.  i literally feel anew today.  it’s a weird space to be in, actually. i’m not entirely sure what the next step is.  kind of a void, if you will.  but it’s not a negative thing. it’s just that i feel so fresh and new and it’s like i want to reinvent myself and the world around me… i can’t help but think of one of my favourite bloggers when i say that – it’s like i want to create a new mantra for my life… and so i will.

today it started with gratitude, snuggles from my kitty, yoga {this video is similar to my morning practice – also what got me started doing yoga!}, and a detox tea.

last night for dinner, this is what went down :

– 1/2 cup rainbow quinoa

– 2 heirloom tomoatoes {i chose green because that’s all they had at the time, plus i had never tried the green ones}

– black beans {i chose organic because well, that’s my new thing.  also, i try to avoid things in cans, so i was thrilled to see WFM carrying some of their products in boxes like this!}

– organic EVOO

begin by adding 1 cup water to your quinoa {ratio is 1:2} in a pan and bring to a boil.  it’s important to cook quinoa in the water as it boils, otherwise it will not cook properly.  boil for about 10-15 minutes, until the germ begins to separate from the seed.

toss in your chopped tomatoes, allowing the quinoa to also cook in their juices.  i also drizzled in about a tablespoon of EVOO.

do you see how the quinoa has separated?!

i always wondered why they put black, red, and white quinoa together – for i had thought they cooked at different times. i may have overcooked the quinoa in this dish, but it was still fine.  i wanted it to soak up some of the heirloom tomato flavour…

cover and let simmer on low until liquid is absorbed.

drain your blackbeans.  i chose to do this because i didn’t want the dish to become soggy…

toss them in with your quinoa and tomatoes, add in a little EVOO and S&P.

i served mine with some leftover kale and carrots from my cleanse.  it was SO good to have some real, lean, protein – i totally inhaled that goodness!  also, check out all that colour!

talk about a protein-packed, nutrient-dense, high-fiber, holy smokes good for you superfood meal!  🙂

and MAN did it feel good to wash it down with this {first alcoholic beverage in 7 days as well!} :

great glass, right?!  little gift from my co-workers in the beer room at my previous store… thanks, adam!!!

how appropriate is the name?!

i’m totally shifting!  😉

5 Responses to “black bean quinoa w/ heirloom tomatoes and pale lager”

  1. mylifeisthebestlife July 23, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    OMG you have NO IDEA how I squeeeeeeeeeeeed when I saw the shout out! I may have spontaneously clapped.

    I love making stuff with quinoa…so easy and SO good for you. And the beer sounds perfect.

    Your last post has haunted me since I read it last night.

    I’m so excited to keep reading about your life and your mantra, as it all unfolds. I was totally thinking of you when I was writing about my tribe this morning…I need everyone I cherish to move to my neighborhood.


    • cooking with audrey July 23, 2012 at 10:14 am #

      i admit that deep down, i knew i was one of those women you were referring to 😉 and that made my heart smile. as an introvert, i tend to make connections more with people on a level other than physical. i do wish i could buy a small island for all of us, but i’m almost equally as thrilled as to make connections online, as it still fills a part of my soul.

      i hope my post haunted you in a positive way. it felt very powerful to write. almost scary, to be so honest and to put it OUT THERE! that’s a huge step for me. i love your soul!


  2. anthony0358 July 23, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    this looks delicious! It has some of my favorite dishes too


  3. Kelly July 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    Love this! I finished up a cleanse a few weeks ago and felt so good at the end of it I think I’ll do it every year! Great pics!


    • cooking with audrey July 26, 2012 at 12:16 am #

      hey kelly, thanks for the comment! somehow, you got lost in spamworld -eep! but i found it and i agree with you – i’ll do a cleanse once a year or maybe with the seasons, as i hear is best. cheers!


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