Black Bean & Quinoa Salad

Yes, sadly still on my (ahem) diet.  Made this last night to have for lunch today and tomorrow.  As an aside, I read an interesting weight loss/diet article online last week.  The author of the article stated that a good way to maintain your weight, was to automate at least one meal a day.  Pick the same thing to have for breakfast everyday, for example, to eliminate the temptation for the muffin or the drive-thru. 

Now I sort of agree with this and sort-of not.  The salad I made, I will have today, tomorrow and Thursday for lunch - it's that good :-)  However, I do like variety - so is there a happy medium?  I think so - and truth be told, I do have the same thing for breakfast every weekday - a smoothie with vanilla soy milk and frozen fruit.  It's easy, I can take it to work and sip it at my desk - helps me not to snack and staves off the 'hungries' until noon.  As I am forcing myself to wait to have my salad in 14 minutes.

Makes 3 hearty servings
Here's the recipe (beware, there is lots of chopping involved, but's worth it):
1/2 c quinoa, cooked according to directions and cooled
1/3 c rinsed canned black beans (you could use 1/2 c, I only had 1/3 c left)
1/2 c chopped assorted peppers (I had orange, green, yellow, orange, red)
1/4 c chopped radishes
1/2 c chopped cucumber
1/4 c chopped red onion
1/4 c chopped carrot
juice of one lime
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

Stir to combine and enjoy.  And for any of you following a certain diet plan that counts points, it's only 3 per serving ;-)

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