Here is another great recipe find from a Whole Foods flier. This meal is a great summer option; it is light, cool, and easy to make. It is also high fiber, sugar conscious, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and vegetarian – truly a meal for just about anybody!
You can also use whatever beans you have available; use what’s on sale, what’s in your garden, what you need to use up, or what your neighbor gave you.
Why I Like This Meal
We love that this is another vegetarian meal (it’s vegan, too). Quinoa is a complete protein so this is a full meal for us, or I should say a complete meal for us. It is on the light side. It could also be used as a side dish; it is my current favorite dish to bring to potluck meals.
- Pros: This meal is super easy to prepare and it only takes about 15-20 minutes. It is a cool, refreshing meal to have in the summer. It’s a great vegetarian option.
- Cons: None that I can think of. (Unless you want to count the fact that my newly-picky 3 year old won’t eat this meal, or any meal with beans. He used to eat this meal before he started this picky phase, though.)
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1/2 lb green beans, trimmed, cut into 2″ pieces, cooked and rinsed in cold water
- 1 1/2 cups frozen shelled edamame, thawed
- 1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers
- 1 (15-oz) can salad beans, drained
- 1/2 cup Italian dressing
- 1 tsp dried tarragon
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Rinse quinoa in water and drain.
- Bring two cups of water to boil in small pot. Stir in quinoa, reduce heat, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender and liquid is absorbed (10-15 minutes). When finished cooking, uncover and let cool.
- Cook green beans in small pot to desired tenderness. When finished cooking, let cool.
- In large bowl, combine quinoa, green beans, edamame, red peppers, salad beans, dressing, tarragon, salt, and pepper and toss well.
- Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Note: To save time, I make this in the afternoon. I combine all ingredients while they are still warm and then refrigerate the entire salad for a few hours until dinner time. It works well!
Note: I don’t use red peppers since I’m not a fan of them. But if you like them, I’m sure they would add something extra!
Wendy – ParentingTips365.com