This recipe comes from Debbie, my coworker and fellow foodie friend. Debbie and I work for our local school district in their technology department.
When Debbie attended a meeting where our food services department served a quinoa salad, she just had to try it. In fact, she made the same dish twice in one weekend!
Being foodies, we did some brainstorming to see how we could improve an already healthy and delicious meal, and decided some shrimp and avocado would take this dish over the top, and it did.
If you’ve been watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, you would be proud of our school district. If we serve our students healthy meals like this, we are definitely on the right track.
Great job Deb!
- 3 cups quinoa, cooked according to package directions
- 1 ½ cups frozen corn kernels
- ½ cup green onion, sliced
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 medium Roma tomato, seeded and chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
- 1 pound medium shrimp, cooked
- 1 medium avocado, sliced into 16 slices
- Combine olive oil, lime juice and cilantro in a large bowl.
- Toss with quinoa, then add remaining ingredients, except shrimp and avocado.
- Serve topped with 2 ounces shrimp and two slices avocado.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Quinoa is a nutrition powerhouse. A complete protein containing all 9 essential amino acids, it’s also high in manganese, magnesium, iron, tryptophan, copper and phosphorus. Quinoa provides significant benefits for heart health. It’s also useful for people who suffer from migraine headaches. High in fiber, it’s useful for those dieting as it’s filling, as well as the benefits of fiber for certain types of cancers.
Beans are an excellent source of antioxidants, folic acid, potassium, dietary fiber and complex carbohydrates. Filling and a great source of protein. Folic acid is important for the formation of red blood cells. Potassium is important for our nervous system and promotes a healthy heart rhythm. Fiber is important for digestive health.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 7.77g
Total Carbs: 30.03g
Dietary Fiber: 6.84g
Old Weight Watchers Points 5
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com.