This is for those of you living in a cold weather area, if you are craving a tropical vacation, or both.
When I lived in upstate NY, I remember around this time of year I would be entering into “the crazy’s”, craving sun and warmth. My solution at the time was to take super long hot showers. So long, everything would be steamed. I would validate this by creating a quick steam press for my clothes by hanging them on the back of the door. Anything to avoid ironing, right?
Instead of selfishly wasting water like some people, (I blame it on the ignorance of teens) you can make this easy meal.
Bring some warm tropical flavors, and bright colors to your house. A taste of sunshine, a breath of warmth in a sweet/savory bowl.
Two other bonuses:
1) You can make it one pot. You know my love of this since we don’t have a dishwasher.
2) This is nutrient dense. Where to start? Here we go: Complete protein for muscle repair and fiber for umm digestion, from Quinoa and black beans. Vitamin C and antioxidants for healing bones and tissue repair, not to mention immunity from Pomegranate, orange juice, jicama and garlic cloves. Healthy fats from coconut milk and oil, and avocado. Energy boost from OJ and honey. Surprise sweetness for your sweeties from Jicama.
I’m lucky to work with some like minded coworkers who helped inspire this meal by eating lots of quinoa, reintroducing me to Jicama, and supplying the Pomegranate fresh from her tree. Thanks .
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup quinoa
1/2 Onion chopped
1 Pomegranate- seeds removed and rinsed
1 Jicama chopped
1 can black beans
1/2 cup OJ
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Garlic cloves minced
2 Tsp honey
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Cook quinoa in large pot according to directions. Substitute 1 cup of water for 1 cup of coconut milk.
2. While quinoa is cooking, combine dressing ingredients and whisk.
3. After the quinoa absorbs the liquid, turn the heat to low. Stir in chopped onion, jicama, pomegranate seeds, and black beans. Add in dressing. Stir and keep on low heat until warmed through.
You could also serve this cold, if you do not need the warmth….What is your solution to beating the cold grey days of winter?
This recipe was linked up at This Chick Cooks.