I’d love to tell you a beautiful story about this salad, but the truth is that I’m so beat right now that I can barely think straight. When I said I was going to buckle down a few weeks ago, I meant it. My life is back in full swing and I’m hanging on for dear life.
The old saying goes, “when it rains, it pours”. I have found this to be true many times in my life. In this particular case it’s almost all good things, but they are wearing me out never the less.
Coffee is my everything, but coffee alone won’t get me through the extensive to-do lists I’ve been facing day after day. The only way to keep my energy levels up is by eating smartly. Enter a Black Bean Quinoa Salad with Chipotle Steak. Protein, fiber, healthy fats, and lots of nutrient packed veggies…oh, and some spice to keep things exciting. THIS is coffee’s perfect companion when it comes to energy sustainability. Plus, it’s easy to prepare ahead of time and eat on the go.
It’s true people, this is what I eat instead of fast food. I promise you its easy to make. 30 minutes and a quick trip through the Starbucks drive thru is all you need, and you’ll be full and energized, back to your daily grind, and ready to burn the midnight oil in no time.
- 5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- ¼ teaspoon chipotle chile powder
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 (6-ounce) top sirloin steaks
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ¼ teaspoon honey
- 1½ cups cooked quinoa
- 1 cup unsalted black beans, rinsed and drained
- ¾ cup chopped red bell pepper
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions
- 1½ cups baby spinach leaves
- 1 ounce crumbled feta cheese (about ¼ cup)
- ½ cup ripe peeled avocado, sliced
- Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Combine 1 teaspoon oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, chipotle chile powder, and black pepper; rub evenly over steaks. Add steaks to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Let stand 10 minutes. Cut steaks diagonally across the grain into thin slices.
- Combine remaining 4 teaspoons oil, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt, juice, and next 4 ingredients (through honey) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir in quinoa, beans, bell pepper, cilantro, green onions, and spinach; toss to coat. Sprinkle with feta. Divide quinoa mixture evenly among 4 shallow bowls; top evenly with steak and avocado.
Recipe from Cooking Light Magazine