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Black Bean and Tomato Quinoa

On Mondays, Kristen Swensson of Cheap, Healthy, Good swings by these parts to share a healthy and delicious recipe with us. Today, a new dressing for eggplant.

One of the great drawbacks to dieting is the repetition of foods. Often, dieters discover what works for them and become afraid to change their routines, locking themselves in a vicious cycle of yogurt, popcorn, breakfast cereal, brown rice, steamed vegetables, and chicken breast. Eating this way can be monumentally boring, and it's easy to see why a person who values their sanity might avoid weight loss programs altogether.

Yet, if you've got the time and inclination, wholesome meals can be just as exciting as those dripping in butter and bacon. Take Black Bean and Tomato Quinoa, f'r instance. Hailing from the July 2007 issue of Gourmet Magazine and clocking in at less than 400 calories per (massive) serving, it gives healthy food a good name.

Perhaps it's the lime dressing, which infuses the dish with flavor without overwhelming it in goo. It could be the quinoa, which has a distinctive nutty taste far superior to white rice and its lamer brethren. Or, maybe it's the tomatoes, black beans, and scallions, which reminded one friend of "the insides of a really good burrito."

Whatever it is, it'll make you forget uninspired diet food. So will the $4 price tag and the 10 grams of fiber per serving (meaning, not only will your colon thank you, but the colon of the guy sitting next to you will be pretty impressed, too). All in all, not too shabby for a nutritious meal.

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