My love of Mexican food is often derailed by the time it takes to prepare some of my favorite dishes and the use of some not so healthy ingredients.  When I found this fantastic recipe for Enchiladas Verdes in Vegetarian Times I felt like my prayers had been answered.

Black Bean Quinoa Salad Recipe
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I have various enchilada recipes but most of them take more time and energy than I have on the average day. I have one that requires roasting peppers and making sauce from scratch that is amazing, but takes at least 3 hours to prepare. Who in the world has 3 hours to make dinner? Not me. Enchiladas Verdes take only about 30 minutes (not including draining time for the cottage cheese).

To round out the meal, I created a super simple side dish that can be prepared while the enchiladas cook.  For a protein packed dinner try  the combo of Enchiladas Verdes (or Enchiladas Not So Verdes as I call them since I use red salsa) and Black Bean Quinoa Salad. Follow the link to Vegetarian Times above for the enchiladas and check out my recipe below.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size
1/2 Recipe
Number of Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
7.5 g  
Saturated Fat 0.5 g  
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g  
0 mg  
15 mg  
480 mg  
Total Carbohydrate
34 g  
Dietary Fiber 8 g  
Sugars 0 g  
8.8 g  
* Nutritional calculation provided by Dailyburn.

Black Bean Quinoa Salad

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup cooked black beans
  • Half an avocado, chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  • ¾ tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp dried cilantro
  • Juice from half a lime.

Mix all ingredients and serve. Makes 2 servings.

How much easier can it get? With my newly purchased crockpot I always have beans cooked and ready to go and somehow always seem to have quinoa too. So not only is it easy, I usually have most of the ingredients on hand. Just give me an avocado and a lime and we are all set.

Try out both recipes and let me know how it goes. You can also check out our Recipes section for more healthy food. I love to hear what you have to say so please leave a comment below!

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