[ 0 ] May 29, 2012 |

Top-o-the-mornin’ to ya! Don’t ask. I’m not even Irish, and it’s  actually late afternoon. I guess It just sounded like the right thing to say ?  In any event, I am having a wonderful day on this glorious “Tuesday after a long weekend”.  I had a fabulous workout and am drinking eating, a luscious fruit smoothie chunky (which looks nothing like the alcohol spiked gem shown in the photo to the left).

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FYI, the fruit “chunky” is the arch nemesis of the fruit smoothie (kick ass recipe here), and it only makes it’s presence known when your blender doesn’t feel like blending your frozen fruit the way it is supposed to as per the label on the 9 million dollar box it came in. If I was the “normal me” today, I might’ve launched the blender across the room in a rabies-like rage when things didn’t go my way . BUT, instead, I grinned and bared it (suck it blender…me and my fruit chunky are just fine, thanks). Special shout out to “insanely difficult step aerobics”, for being so freaking hard to do, but making me feel so positively amazing after I’m done.

Anyway, I’ve been really excited about the foods we’ve been eatin’ for dinner lately and it got me thinkin’ that it’s been about four-thousand years since I shared a recipe. So, below is one of my newest fave flaves, thanks to my FITNESS Magazine subscription…(seriously, it’s SO darn good, please make it and tell me whatcha’ think).

Now, on to one of the most awesomest recipes ever, squared.

Via the April, 2012 issue of FITNESS MAGAZINEMakes:  4 servings nutrition facts per serving: 334 calories, 10 g protein, 37 g carbs, 20 g fat (2.6 g saturated), 11 grams fiber



  • 4 Tablespoons EVOO
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (if you don’t have 12 hours to squeeze fresh limes, just get the “fresh squeezed” stuff in the jar.  It works just fine)
  •  1, 15-oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 Garlic clove, mince it
  • 1/4 teaspoon of Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt (we omit salt in everything we cook (never do this for baking!) so feel free to leave it out)
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, cut or torn into bite-size pieces (if your hamster can eat it, you’ve done it right)
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chickity-chopped
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced (Never diced an avocado?  Click here for “how to”)
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa (if you’ve never had quinoa, I encourage you to read all about it and start eating it.  It’s the cat’s pajamas)
  • 2 Tablespoons of finely chopped cilantro


Before you get goin’ on the salad-y part, you’ll want to mix up the vinaigrette.  Start by using a blender that actually works.  Then add 3 tablespoons of EVOO, the vinegar, the agave nectar and the lime juice and puree the H-E-double hockey sticks outta that shit. If you are looking to make it a lil’ extra spicy, just add some extra chipotle chili powder and fresh ground pepper and hit the puree button one more time.  It’s totally worth it! Also, you’ll want to cook your quinoa now too (since you have to let it cool before stickin’ it in your beautiful salad).  Just follow the instructions on the package (boil water, stick in quinoa, wait for water to evap…takes about 15 minutes).  Once done, set it aside and let it chill.

Next, heat the remaining oil (the tablespoon you didn’t use when makin’ the vinaigrette) in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Then, saute’ the black beans, garlic, chile powder and salt (if you are including it) for around 5 hours (just kidding…5 minutes!)  At this point, your kitchen will be smelling so good, you might start licking the cupboards.  Try to refrain from doin’ that.  Um…oh yeah, start cutting up your veggies too.  I usually stick them all in a big bowl and then add the “cooled” beans & quinoa so I can get it mixed up reeeeeeeal good and stuff.  You probably won’t need to use all the vinaigrette, unless you’re one of those people who hates the taste of delish veggies. Either way, when all is said and done, it should look like this.  Enjoy!! (oh, and don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaway I’ve got goin’ on right now for your chance to win a 6-month KLUTCHclub or Conscious Box subscription or a $100 AMEX gift card*) Good luck :)


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