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Southwestern Bowl

Photo: Travis Rathbone; Styling: Megan Hedgpeth

Prep time 30 mins
Cook time 15 mins

Serves: 2

Mango salsa, quinoa, black beans, red pepper, avocado, corn and pumpkin seeds? You can call this the healthy burrito bowl.


  • 1/4 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped scallion greens, from about 8 scallions
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • Pinch of chili powder
  • 1/2 mango, peeled, pitted and chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice, from 3 small limes
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (or frozen, thawed)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 594
  • fat 31 g
  • satfat 5 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 17 g
  • carbohydrate 70 g
  • fiber 16 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 5 mg
  • sodium 621 mg
  • calcium 107 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring quinoa and 1/2 cup water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until water has absorbed, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool. Stir in scallion greens and 1/4 tsp. salt.

  2. In a small skillet, toast pumpkin seeds with a pinch each of chili powder and salt over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until seeds begin popping and become fragrant, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and let cool.

  3. Combine mango, 4 Tbsp. lime juice, 2 Tbsp. oil, cilantro and a generous pinch of salt. Toss black beans with cumin and remaining 1 tsp. oil. Stir together avocado and remaining 1 Tbsp. lime juice.

  4. Divide salad ingredients evenly between 2 1-quart-capacity containers, arranging mango salsa, quinoa, black beans, red pepper, avocado, corn and pumpkin seeds in both. Cover containers. Salads will keep, covered and refrigerated, for 2 days. Let containers sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes before serving. Shake container before eating to distribute ingredients.