I think one of the most healthy times of my life was when I turned 'vegetarian' and stayed that way for about five years. Since that time I have reintroduced some very lean meats into my diet but I do go through phases of non-meat. Here is a simply scrumptious cold 'salad' or main dish with all the protein that you need in a meal.
2 cups drained cooked black beans
3 cups cooked brown rice
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1/4 cup sliced Spanish olives
1 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1 - 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (Oh I love that fresh cilantro!)
1/2 cup orange juice
1 1/2 tbsp cider vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp grated orange peel
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1/2 tsp cinnamon
and salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts and cilantro or parsley leaves to decorate
Combine the drained beans with the rice, celery and Spanish olives. In a small bowl, whisk together all the dressing ingredients, then pour over the beans and rice mixture. Stir thoroughly. top with roasted walnuts and cilantro or parsley.
Serve with a cold corn or mango salsa for a complimentary color and taste.