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Tahini Quinoa Bean Salad

Tahini, lemon juice and a little chipotle powder make a sour spicy seasoning for heart-healthy quinoa. Green onions, snow peas and bell peppers make a delightfully crunchy contrast to the cooked beans and grains in this satisfying winter salad.This recipe comes to us from Kristina o:  FormerChef.com

FOR THE SALAD:
4 cups low sodium vegetable stock
2 cups red quinoa*, rinsed well and drained
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced
2 cups cooked beans of choice, cooled or
2 cups canned beans of choice, rinsed & drained
1/2 cup green onion, sliced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 cup snow peas, sliced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced

FOR THE TAHINI CHILI DRESSING:
1/4 cup tahini paste**
4 ounces olive oil
2 ounces lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
salt, to taste

Serves 10

**Quinoa is a heart-healthy grain as well as a complete protein. It can be found in the grain section of most grocery stores. Feel free to substitute brown rice if you can’t find quinoa.
**A sesame seed paste found in health food section or the health food or specialty section of most grocery stores.

TO MAKE THE SALAD:
Pour 4 cups of vegetable stock in a large pot over medium high heat heat. Bring to a boil, turn heat down to low and continue cooking for 15 minutes, or until all the water is absorbed and the quinoa is soft. Spread the quinoa on a baking sheet to cool.
Place the oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook 4-6 min., or until the mushrooms have browned and all the moisture has evaporated. Set aside to cool.
Combine the quinoa, beans, mushrooms, green onion, celery, snow peas and bell peppers together in a large bowl.

TO MAKE THE TAHINI CHILI DRESSING:
Whisk together the tahini paste, olive oil and lemon juice. Season with chipotle chili powder and salt to taste.

TO COMPLETE THE TAHINI QUINOA BEAN SALAD:
Toss the salad so that all ingredients are evenly distributed. Season the servings with dressing to taste and enjoy.

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Nutrition Information:
Tahini Quinoa Bean Salad
Servings per Recipe: 10
Amount per Serving
Calories: 360.9
Calories from Fat: 162
Total Fat: 18g
Saturated Fat: 2.4g
Cholesterol: 0mg
Sodium: 25.4mg
Potassium: 1064.9mg
Total Carbohydrates: 40.3g
Dietary Fiber: 7.5g
Protein: 13g
Sugars: 3.4g

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