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Video: Black Bean and Quinoa Pita Pockets

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Okay, so I got a little distracted with Valentine’s Day (Chocolate Covered Strawberries can do that to me) but I haven’t forgotten this months Food Focus… Quinoa!

I’ve got more Quinoa recipes coming your way, starting with my Black Bean and Quinoa Pita Pockets!

Now as you’ll see in the video, I add some pre-cooked chopped chicken into my salad but for those of you who don’t eat meat, have no fear!! Between the beans and the Quinoa this sandwich packs plenty of protein with or without the chicken.

I decided to turn this salad into a sandwich but it would be just as good over a bed of greens… you decide!

We only have two more weeks of Quinoa left, so don’t leave me hanging here guys!! Let me know what kind of recipes you’ve been making with Quinoa as well… remember, I need inspiration too:)!!

Black Bean and Quinoa Pita Pockets

Yield: Serves 4


  • 1 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup of cooked Quinoa
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 3 scallions, quartered and sliced
  • 1 red pepper, chopped up
  • 1 tsp of minced ginger
  • ½ mango, diced
  • Juice of half a lime
  • A few handfuls of baby spinach
  • 2 whole-wheat pita pockets, halved


Combine garlic, scallions, pepper, ginger, mango, and lime juice in a large bowl.  Stir in quinoa, chicken and beans before seasoning with salt and pepper.

Layer some spinach in each pita before stuffing with one fourth of the Black Bean and Quinoa Salad… Enjoy!

Nutritional Analysis

Calories: 306; Fat: 2.8g; Saturated Fat: .2g; Cholesterol: 15mg; Carbs: 52g; Fiber: 10.7g; Protein: 18.3g; Sugar: 4.8g

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14 Responses to “Video: Black Bean and Quinoa Pita Pockets”

  1. #
    Kevin — February 19, 2008 @ 5:56 pm

    Nice looking quinoa salad/sandwich. I like the inclusion of the sweet mango.

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    Anticiplate — February 20, 2008 @ 7:49 pm

    What interesting flavor combinations! I love your video as well. I feel like I know you:) I have to try cooking quinoa. It is high priority for me!!!

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    Dani — February 21, 2008 @ 10:16 am

    Kevin – The mango is really good:)

    Anticiplate- Hee, hee…you kinda do know me:).

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    Pooja — February 22, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

    Dear Dani,

    I tried your black bean and quinoa pita pockets today. We are vegetarian and I am so happy that my kids and husband can eat protein this way. My husband and my kids loved it. You are simply great. You explain everything so well and your video inspire me to try the recipes right away. I tried few of your recipes and everything came out excellent. God bless you.


  5. #
    Dani — February 23, 2008 @ 7:56 am

    Thanks so much!! I’m so happy to know that you and your family are enjoying the recipes!!

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    Tasha — April 21, 2009 @ 7:34 am

    Wow, I am so interested in trying this recipe! I just came across your video on youtube while I was looking for ways to use quinoa. Your website is fantastic and your videos encourage a new creativity in healthy cooking!


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    Dani — April 21, 2009 @ 8:16 am

    Tasha – Thanks! I hope you enjoy the recipe (it’s one of my favorites)!

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    Stacy Corbin — April 21, 2009 @ 6:52 pm

    I just made the black bean and quinoa pitas for my family…D’LISHES!!!!! I have a 2 year old and a 7 month old so time is of the essence. I live in Huntington Beach and I have been following your website for the last two years. Thank you for all of your amazing recipies, videos and tips.
    Congrats on your expanding family :)
    Stacy Corbin

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    Dani — April 21, 2009 @ 10:09 pm

    Stacy – You are SO welcome! I’m glad you and you’re family liked them:).

  10. #
    Dina — April 24, 2009 @ 7:35 pm

    Hey Dani, I love to try this recipe but somehow i could not find quinoa.
    i checked with ralphs and some other local store but they don’t have it:(

  11. #
    Jason — August 14, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

    I’m making tacos out of this!!! So good! As always – wonderful recipe!

  12. #
    Bonnie — February 5, 2010 @ 8:10 am


    I just found your site and I LOVE IT! One thing about this recipe, you neglect to list the 4ozs of chopped chicken in the ingredients list.

    I plan to make this recipe tonight!

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    Vivian — January 15, 2014 @ 1:19 pm

    Could I use any quinoa or does it have to be white

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      Dani — January 15, 2014 @ 1:32 pm

      Any quinoa would work:)

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