Black Bean Quinoa Bowl with Cucumber Avocado Salsa

Black Bean Quinoa Bowl with Cucumber Avocado Salsa

A deliciously healthy and protein-packed quinoa bowl mixed with black beans, fresh cucumber avocado salsa and sweet plantains!

I’m not lying when I tell you…this is my new favorite meal!

It’s SOOOO good.

Believe it or not, this recipe was supposed to be something else. When I went to make the recipe I originally wanted to make, I didn’t have ALL the ingredients on hand. Ugh. Don’t you hate when that happens?

Yes, I’m aware I have a food blog and should plan better but to be honest, sometimes I just DON’T FEEL LIKE grocery shopping.

REAL TALK.

Now, this doesn’t mean I don’t love mindlessly exploring other grocery stores when I travel (because I totally do!), I just hate going to the grocery store for ONE thing or for a quick run. Seriously, first world problems. I sound like a brat.

Whatever.

Whenever this happens (yes, it has happened before #notsorry), I actually prefer inventing something magical with what I have at home.

Enter this Black Bean Quinoa Bowl with Cucumber Avocado Salsa! Yep, this recipe was a mistake – a delicious one at that!

And I’m actually grateful that the other one didn’t pan out. So, here’s how I brought this to life. I wanted to make a quinoa bowl. I had quinoa. CHECK. I wanted to use black beans. I had that. CHECK. Next, on the list, I needed corn, tomato, and radishes and that’s when I was like NOOOOO. I could’ve sworn I had all that in my fridge.

Nope.

What I did have was lots of avocado (always), a cucumber, onions, and lime. So I made a Cucumber Avocado Salsa and let me tell you…it is outstanding! Just a few ingredients and mixed with everything else, well, it’s really the star of the show.

A deliciously healthy and protein-packed quinoa bowl mixed with black beans, fresh cucumber avocado salsa and sweet plantains!

To bring the bowl full circle, I added sweet plantains. Honestly, I’m wondering if I should’ve added goat cheese too. Hmmm.

Enough babbling, go make this delicious recipe! You won’t be disappointed!

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I hope you make it and LOVE it!

A deliciously healthy and protein-packed quinoa bowl mixed with black beans, fresh cucumber avocado salsa and sweet plantains!
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Black Bean Quinoa Bowl with Cucumber Avocado Salsa
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

A deliciously healthy and protein-packed quinoa bowl mixed with black beans, fresh cucumber avocado salsa and sweet plantains!

Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jamie Silva
Ingredients
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups quinoa cooked
  • 8 slices sweet plantains* cooked
Cucumber Avocado Salsa
  • 1 large cucumber , peeled, seeded and cut into chunks (about 2 cups)
  • 2 Hass avocados , cut into chunks
  • 1/2 red onion , diced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • salt
  • chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 jalapeno chiles , chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. Make Cucumber Avocado Salsa by adding cucumber, avocado, onions, lime juice, and salt (and jalapeno, if you want) into a bowl. Gently fold everything until well combined.

  2. To plate, add 1/2 cup of black beans, 1/2 cup of quinoa, sweet plantains, and cucumber avocado salsa. Serve and enjoy!

*You can buy ready-to-eat sliced ripe plantains at your grocery store's freezer aisle (Walmart has them)... OR you can buy green plantains and wait until they are very dark/ripe. You then peel and diagonal cut the plantains into 1-inch thick slices. Heat oil (canola or coconut oil) until medium hot. Fry the pieces for 2 minutes per side. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking, turning occasionally until they are brown. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain. That's it! :)

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