The food bowl trend is far from going away! Enjoy this Cuban-inspired meal that features black beans, a refreshing mango salsa, and protein-packed quinoa. It is the idea lunch or dinner choice if you are in a hurry or need to pack food to eat on the go.

Cuban Black Bean Mango Bowl [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Ingredients

For the Quinoa:

  • 2 teaspoons oil of choice
  • 3 tablespoons shallots, diced
  • 1 clove garlic pressed
  • 1/2 cup dried red or white quinoa
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

For the Mango Salsa:

  • 3 ripe mangos, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced small
  • 3 tablespoons red onion, diced
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped small
  • 1/2 jalapeño, diced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced

For the Beans:

  • 2 teaspoons oil of choice
  • 1/3 cup onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 14.5-ounce cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

For the Garnish:

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Preparation

To Make the Quinoa:

  1. Heat a small to medium sized pot over medium heat. Add your oil.
  2. Sauté your diced shallots for about a minute.
  3. Add your pressed garlic. Stir to combine and then add your rinsed quinoa. Sauté for about a minute to toast the quinoa.
  4. Add your broth and salt.
  5. Cover and bring the pot to a boil and then immediately turn to the lowest setting.
  6. Allow it to cook without lifting the lid for 15-18 minutes until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Remove it from the heat and allow it to sit with the lid on for another 10 minutes.

To Make the Mango Salsa:

  1. Chop the mango, red pepper, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño and add to a bowl.
  2. Squeeze 1/2 a lime over top and stir gently to combine. Set aside.

To Make the Beans:

  1. Heat a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add your oil.
  2. Sauté onions for about a minute and then add green pepper. Sauté another minute.
  3. Add pressed garlic and black beans and stir well to combine.
  4. Add your ground cumin, oregano, salt, and red wine vinegar. When hot, remove from heat.

To Assemble:

  1. Add your quinoa to one third of a bowl. Spoon the mango salsa into the centre third of the bowl and add your black beans to the remaining section.
  2. If you like it hot, squire sriracha or other hot sauce over your beans. Garnish with cilantro.
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