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Mexican Quinoa Salad Recipe

This Mexican-style Quinoa Salad is loaded with black beans, corn, tomatoes, avocados, red onion, and cilantro. Simple, healthy, and incredibly delicious, you’ll want to make it over and over again!

Let’s Just Jump Right To The Recipe!

Tex Mex Quinoa Salad

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups cooked quinoa*
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup corn frozen and thawed, or canned
  • 2 small avocados
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ medium red onion, diced
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp. pepper or to taste
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder or to taste
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne optional

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Place the cooked and cooled quinoa into a large bowl. Add the black beans, corn, onion, tomatoes, avocados, and cilantro.
  • Squeeze the limes, grizzle with olive oil, and season the salad with salt, pepper, and cumin powder. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper, if preferred. Mix everything well.

NOTES

* You’ll need to cook about ¾ cup of quinoa according to the package instructions and cool it completely. Leftover quinoa is perfect for this salad. 

Cook quinoa in vegetable broth for extra flavor. 

HOW TO STORE THIS SALAD

Store this Quinoa Salad in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to 2 days. You can still eat it on day 3, but the avocados will brown, and the tomatoes become a bit soggy.

Healthy Homemade Tuna Salad

Healthy tuna salad is a light, refreshing meal packed with fresh herbs, crunchy garden cucumbers, and the delightful twist of freshly squeezed lemon juice. You can make so many different meals with this tuna salad! Here are some ideas!

Tuna sandwiches

Tuna cheese melts

Serve as a dip with carrots, celery, and crackers.

Add to the top of a bed of fresh lettuce.

Place sliced cheese on crackers with a small dollop of tuna salad on top.

Pita pocket with lettuce, tomato, and tuna salad.

Make it a wrap 

Serve it over some cooked pasta.

Swap out the celery for cucumber.

Make a Mexican version by adding cilantro, lime juice (instead of lemon), and a dash of cumin.

For some sweet crunch, dice up some fresh apples to add to the salad. Add walnuts for some Waldorf inspiration.

Add diced hard boiled eggs.

YUM

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Healthy Homemade Tuna Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 cans tuna – I like Wild Planet
  • 1 recipe homemade avocado mayo
  • I lemon, juiced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 onion, finely diced
  • Handful fresh herbs (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Make a batch of my favorite homemade avocado mayo. I promise you it is super simple.

In a large bowl, add canned tuna (drain, if needed) and mayo.

Dice onions and celery. If you have kids, I suggest dicing the onions into really small pieces.

Chop herbs and add to bowl. This step is totally optional, but fresh herbs add so much brightness and flavor to the salad.

Squeeze lemon juice over the top.

Mix well and serve.

Notes

  • Fresh cilantro is my favorite herb to add, but you could also add a handful of fresh parsley or basil.
  • This recipe utilizes my favorite homemade avocado mayo. You could substitute it for store-bought, if needed. Always opt for avocado mayo, because most other types are made with unhealthy, refined vegetable oils.
  • For extra lemon flavor, add the zest of one lemon.
  • Tuna packed in water, olive oil, or just salt will work with this recipe. Make sure to drain the tuna before making this recipe.
  • Try to pick the best quality tuna you can afford. Wild and sustainably caught fish is the top choice.

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Yucca – health benefits, nutrients and Recipe

List of known nutrients

Yucca also known all over the world as cassava or manioc, is a nutrient dense tuber containing essential nutrients that promote the body’s overall health. The health and wellness list of yucca’s important constituents include:

  • Calcium
  • Choline
  • Copper
  • Folates
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Niacin
  • Omega-3
  • Omega-6
  • Pantothenic Acid
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Pyridoxine
  • Riboflavin
  • Selnium
  • Sodium
  • Thiamin
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Zinc
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Medicinal uses for yucca

Yucca is an excellent source of dietary fiber that activates peristaltic motion in the bowels and ensures regular bowel movement. The high dietary fiber content in yucca helps address a host of digestive system disorders such as constipation and diarrhea. Likewise, yucca is touted to ease bloating, cramping, and excessive flatulence as well as more serious gastrointestinal conditions. Aside from these, yucca is known to contain anti-gastritic properties that relieve gastritis and ulcer.

Yucca is also has a low glycemic index and is known to regulate the body’s insulin and blood sugar levels, thereby reducing the risk of harmful blood glucose fluctuations. Likewise, yucca contains an active compound called saponin that stabilizes blood sugar levels and prevent the onset of hyperglycemia. This makes yucca an ideal superfood against diabetes. Aside from this, the rich dietary fiber content in yucca promotes satiety and facilitates the body’s nutrient uptake, thereby inducing healthy weight loss.

In addition, yucca is notably high in folate and potassium that are essential in keeping a healthy nervous system. The potassium in yucca is known to promote blood flow and stimulate pathways in the brain, which in turn improve cognitive abilities and combat debilitating conditions. On the other hand, yucca’s ample vitamin C supply fortifies the body’s immune system by stimulating the production and activity of white blood cells. The rich vitamin C level in yucca is also touted to combat the harmful effects of free radicals.

Moreover, yucca’s high fiber content is found to reduce cholesterol rates and regulate the body’s fatty acid levels. Likewise, the abundant potassium supply in yucca is known to ease cardiovascular stress and lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, strokes and heart attacks. Furthermore, the resveratrol and saponins in yucca contain anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that ease arthritic pain. The high antioxidant content in yucca is also correlated with lower odds of skin and eye disease onset.  Additionally, yucca is found to speed up wound healing and counter the effects of sun exposure on the skin.

Body systems supported by yucca

Yucca is particularly beneficial to the digestive, cardiovascular, and immune systems. The nutritious tuber is also touted for its positive effects on the nervous system. Likewise, yucca supports the skin, the eyes and the joints.


Yucca benefits the digestive, cardiovascular, nervous and immune systems.

Ways to use yucca

As a tuber, yucca may serve as an alternative to potatoes in making fries, chips, mojos and fritters. Yucca may also be mashed, stewed or hashed. Yucca is an ideal addition to meat dishes as well.

This is a version of yuca con mojo—yuca with garlic sauce. It’s a delicious vegan dish, a combination of citrus, onions, garlic, spices and—of course—yuca. It’s a tasty alternative to potatoes as a side dish.

Yuca Recipe-

Yucca with Garlic Mojo

Ingredients


• 1 1/2 pounds yuca, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
• 1 to 2 large red onions, thinly sliced
• 1/4 cup fresh orange juice, plus zest for garnish, from half an orange
• 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, from 2 limes
• 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped, plus leaves for garnish
• 6 garlic cloves, minced
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
• Kosher salt, to taste
• Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Gather the ingredients

2. Boil yuca in salted water until tender, about 30 minutes.

3. Drain yuca and place it in a serving dish. Set aside, but keep warm by covering bowl. Don’t allow it to come back to room temperature while you make garlic sauce.

4. Combine onions, orange juice, lime juice, cilantro, and garlic in a bowl. Pour mixture over yuca.

5. Heat olive oil, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper in a heavy pan until hot, about 1 minute, being careful not to burn spices. Pour hot oil over yuca. Garnish with additional cilantro and orange zest, as desired.

Tips

  • You can use fresh or frozen yuca in this recipe. Fresh yuca should be firm with no soft spots. Its flesh should be white. 
  • If you buy fresh yuca, watch out for any tough parts in the center. They’ll appear like chunks of wood. Remove and discard them. 
  • You can peel the yuca ahead of time and store it in water in the refrigerator for up to four days, or you can freeze it for several months. 
  • If the yuca cools off too much while you’re making the sauce, you can microwave it very briefly, up to 5 seconds or so. 

Recipe Variations

  • Mix it up with various citrus juices. Instead of orange and lime, use a combination of grapefruit, lemon, or tangerine juices.
  • If you don’t have cilantro on hand, freshly chopped parsley can be used in its place.

Remember you can switch it up and use the ingredients you would rather like that’s the fun part of cooking! ☺️

HEY Let me know if you have tried yucca before!? And what are your favorite ways to to use as a recipe.

Thanks for reading! I hope you have a great day!

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