Leafy Greens & White beans over Quinoa Print Recipe Print Recipe



You know I’ve been traveling when. . .

  1. I CRAVE vegetables & green juice/smoothies
  2. I make a meal of ALL super foods [minus the cheese]
  3. . . .  then eat it for lunch and dinner.

If only that was the same when it came to my workouts.


Even though I’m a good eater when I travel <just returned from Alt Summit>, I don’t get my daily dose of greens, grains and beans so when I return home, it’s ON!

This is one of my easy go-to, I NEED HEALTHY FOOD meals. It never fails me.


ps. I’m working on a post for “how to travel and still eat healthy & gluten-free”. I know a few of you have made the request. Not to worry, its a coming.

pss. Speaking of healthy. . . just a FEW SPOTS left in the next group health coaching series. Registration ends this Wednesday at 12pm PST, so you better hurry and sign up now!




Leafy Greens & Cannellini Beans with Fresh Tomato and Goat Cheese served over warm Quinoa

PRINT Recipe


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups leafy greens [kale, collard greens, mustard greens, etc.]
  • 1 15oz can cannellini beans [white beans], drained, rinsed
  • 2 fresh Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/4 cup goat cheese, crumbled [leave off if making this vegan]
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, optional
  • salt + pepper, to taste


In a small saucepan, add quinoa, 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover for 16-18 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Remove from the heat and fluff with a fork; set aside.

In a medium/large pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add leafy greens, by the handful and toss until they begin to wilt, then add remaining greens. Toss with tongs until wilted. Add beans and cook for about 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from heat.

When you’re ready to serve, place about 1/2 cup quinoa on your plate, season with salt and pepper. Add 3-4 tomato slices, top with sauteed greens and beans, then sprinkle fresh thyme. Optional, add 1-2 tablespoons of goat cheese.


Serves about 4

*gluten-free *vegetarian *dairy-free – optional

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  • http://jenncuisine.com/ Jenn

    An absolutely beautiful dish, will have to make this soon!

  • Sreebindu116

    we don’t get goat cheese here in India..any other option?


  • Csilla Varadi

    I so totally understand how you feel about craving healthy foods when traveling! Usually what I crave like crazy are fruits. I can manage to eat some veggies while not at home but eating fruits is just completely omitted… Oh and love your recipe! a Must try!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I get the same way when I’m travelling! This salad looks awesome.

  • http://www.heathersdish.com/ Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    i must be craving veggies too because this sounds like heaven on a plate!

  • http://www.makeitnaked.wordpress.com/ Krissy @ Make it Naked

    Wait. What? Cheese isn’t a super food?!

  • http://www.bevcooks.com/ Bev Weidner


  • http://www.entertainingchic.com/ Lindsey Meyl

    I love love love your recipes. You’ve officially become my #1 Food pinterest pinner.

  • Katie

    I crave produce when I travel, too – this is the perfect post-vacation meal!

  • http://twitter.com/JeanettesHealth Jeanette Chen

    What a simple but beautiful dish!

  • Anonymous

    Oh bummer, maybe a few crumbles of feta cheese or parmesan? If not, it’s still delicious without the cheese.

  • Anonymous

    and I love love love you! thanks for pinning my friend!

  • Anonymous

    I know, right?? It is in my book.

  • http://www.ladomestique.com Jess O’Toole

    Looks delish- the perfect antidote to extreme healthy veg craving. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/janice.lawandi Lawandi Janice

    Love this recipe! Just looking at it gives me energy 😉 Yum!

  • Anonymous

    This looks so good! I’ve been on a quinoa kick lately and need a reason to use up some extra kale – so this is perfect!

  • http://www.krissys-creations.com Krissy’s Creations

    Now this is my kind of meal!  I love it all.  Great recipe 🙂

  • kgunter

    I made this last week, and I’ve made it 3 times since.  My new favorite dish! I used feta instead of goat because it was opened, and added some fresh lemon juice for acidity.  Delicious!

  • http://www.stuffed-pepper.com/ Heather

    i love beans & greens! plus, goat cheese is the best. this looks perfect. 🙂