Phase 3 Eating + Vegan Quinoa Salad Recipe

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FoodsI’ve been feeling a little run down lately, so I decided to go all-in and follow the DDP YOGA Phase 3 eating plan this week.

If you’re not familiar with Phase 3 – the idea is that you eat gluten-free (and organic) foods in a particular order and combination to increase your metabolism and drop pounds.

Here’s the plan:

  • Eat Fruit in the morning & by itself to optimize digestion.
  • Salad and Veggies – Begin your meal with lots of organic veggies (as much as you want) to get your digestion going.
  • Then eat Complex Carbohydrates OR Protein
  • Then add a Healthy Fat in the mix.

Seems pretty simple, but I had a hard time finding a complex carb and veggie recipe that would fit the bill for lunch so I made up my own! (I also realized that this recipe would be awesome for breakfast, just don’t add the toppings and add oats to the mix).

If you have any recipes that you love that fit the bill, please SHARE in the comments below! 🙂

Vegan Quinoa Salad |


Vegan Quinoa Salad 

Makes 4-6 servings


  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 12 oz frozen organic edamame
  • 2 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 15 oz organic black beans, rinsed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • handful parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp organic garlic granules
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 red onion (optional)


Rinse quinoa with fine-mesh strainer and place in pot with 2 cups vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and then cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.

While quinoa is cooking, cook edamame according to package instructions and rinse & heat black beans. Dice bell pepper and parsley (and onion if using).

Place all ingredients in large bowl and add in seasonings of garlic, cumin, paprika, and salt & pepper. Mix together well. Eat right away or store in refrigerator for up to 7 days.

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  1. This looks quick and easy! I’m going to try it one week for my lunches. Thanks!

    Comment by Holly — 12 March, 2015 @ 2:19 pm

  2. Awesome!!

    Comment by Christina Russell — 12 March, 2015 @ 4:13 pm

  3. This sounds delicious! Definitely something to fit into my lunch menu. I thought you might also like something similar that I call Hearty & Healthy Quinoa Salad. Here’s the link if it fits the bill.
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    Comment by Linda @ 2CookinMamas — 12 March, 2015 @ 5:04 pm

  4. Love it! Thanks for the recipe Linda! 🙂
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    Comment by Christina Russell — 12 March, 2015 @ 5:41 pm

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