Even though I love cooking, I have nights when I don’t want to worry about doing dishes because I am sooo tired! And I seem to be having more of these tired nights now that I am 32 weeks along in my pregnancy. My husband wanted to treat me to a date night, so he did some research on healthy restaurants because he knows I am very picky about where we go to eat – it is hard to find true healthy restaurants. He ran across this article ’Best Healthy Restaurants in The Twin Cities.’
We started with the first one, Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis. I ordered a black bean and quiona burger and my husband ordered the pulled pork sandwich. The pork was extremely tender, and the black bean burger was delicious! The Cafe sources local, sustainable, organic and fair trade ingredients whenever possible. There is a good variety of vegan, vegetarian, and non-vegetarian dishes.
Quick note on the health benefits of quinoa:
Quinoa is an amino acid-rich (protein) seed that has a fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked. It contains manganese, magnesium, folate, and phosphorus, which are great for people who experience migraines, or have diabetes. Not only is quinoa high in protein, but it is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids.
Easy recipe you can make in advance!
- Rinse quinoa thoroughly. Place in a pot with the water and bring to a boil; reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cover and cook until the quinoa is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk orange juice, cilantro, vinegar, oil, ginger, salt and cayenne in a medium bowl. Add mango, bell pepper, beans and scallions; toss to coat.
- When the quinoa is finished cooking, add to the mango mixture and toss to combine.
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