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:

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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.

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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.

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