Mango and Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Summer is not totally over yet, so I am making you a Mango and Black Bean Quinoa Salad. I just love salads.

Last month when I went home to Boston, my stepmom made this awesome pasta salad with mangoes, black beans, corn, pasta, cilantro and lime.  I really enjoyed it, so I decided to come home and make a twist on that recipe. I used quinoa in place of the pasta, since I am not a huge pasta fan.  I think this came out really good!

Mango and Black Bean Quinoa Salad - My Whole Food Life

This would be perfect for parties and it’s also very easy to make.  This Mango and Black Bean Quinoa Salad is vegan and gluten free. I highly recommend topping it with avocado.  So good!

(more…)

Read More

Easy Black Bean Mexican Quinoa

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored by USA Pulses and Pulse Canada, but opinions are all my own. 

My husband Marcus loves Mexican food.  This past weekend, we had some black beans we needed to use up, so he decided they would be perfect in this Easy Black Bean Mexican Quinoa.  We always try to add beans to our meals.  They are a fabulous source of protein and fiber.

Easy Mexican Quinoa - My Whole Food Life

Did you know that the UN declared 2016 to be the International Year of the Pulses? Beans fall under the category “pulses.”  Other pulses include: chickpeas, peas and lentils.  Pulses are so great for many reasons.  Reasons to consider eating more pulses:

(more…)

Read More

Quinoa with Roasted Garlic and Potatoes

Sometimes the best meals come out using leftovers in the fridge.  We had slim pickings in the fridge today, so I asked Marcus to make us something with them.  He is so much better at that than I am.  He came up with this Quinoa with Roasted Garlic and Potatoes.  Before he started the recipe, I made sure to tell him to measure everything so I could share it with you all.  It came out delicious.  The roasted garlic adds such great flavor.   If you like this recipe you may also like some of his other recipes.  The most popular ones are, sweet potato chili, peanut noodle stir fry and 3 bean soup.

quinoa with roasted garlic and potatoes

This dish was so flavorful.  The roasted garlic and potatoes were like buttery bites of heaven in the middle of the quinoa and chickpeas.  This Quinoa with Roasted Garlic and Potatoes is vegan and gluten free.

(more…)

Read More

Quinoa Crunch Chocolate Bars

Do you miss Nestle Crunch Bars?  I have always loved them.  I have good news for you. I made a healthier version with these Quinoa Crunch Chocolate Bars.  Not only are there zero refined sugars in my homemade chocolate bars, but there is also a boost of protein!  You seriously need to try these asap.  If you like this, you may also like my Homemade Junior Mints and my Homemade Twix Bars.

quinoa crunch chocolate bars

Toasting the quinoa gives it such a nice crunch and also a nutty, rich flavor.  These healthier chocolate bars are vegan and gluten free.  You can make them up in just a few minutes.

(more…)

Read More

Homemade Aussie Bites

Have you heard of Aussie Bites?  It’s a treat made from Costco.  I made you some Homemade Aussie Bites!  I have actually never had the real thing, but people in my Facebook group have been raving about them!  So I made my recipe based off the ingredient list.  My recipe is easy, has fewer ingredients, no flour and no oil!  These are seriously good you guys!  You need to try them.  If you like energy bites, you may also like my Almond Joy Energy Bites or my Grain Free Energy Bites. These are a must try!

Homemade Aussie Bites - My Whole Food Life

This recipe is also very adaptable to add in whatever flavors you like.  It would make a great pre or post workout snack too. I imagine they freeze well also, so double the batch if you like.

(more…)

Read More

4 Ingredient Banana Coconut Cookies

We are about to go on vacation and I needed to use up some bananas.  So I made these 4 Ingredient Banana Coconut Cookies.  These were a cinch to make!  Less than 20 minutes.  I added chocolate chips to mine, but that is totally optional.  I can see raisins also working well in this recipe.  These cookies are healthy enough for breakfast! 🙂

Banana Coconut Cookies - My Whole Food Life

This recipe is super easy.  Vegan, gluten free and grain free.  I used quinoa flakes, so there is a nice protein boost in here as well. If you don’t want to use quinoa flakes, you can always use quick oats in place of them.  These cookies freeze great, so make a big batch and freeze some for busy mornings.

(more…)

Read More