Who else watches The Biggest Loser? I remember the first time they started promoting it years ago, when there was nothing like that on tv, and I thought it seemed like such a horrible idea.  Who flaunts people’s weight problems on national television for entertainment?  Do you remember that?  The idea was sort of shocking.  Now of course, like so many others, it’s one of my most favorite shows.   Even though half the time I watch it while eating ice cream, I think it’s completely inspiring and I love watching everyone’s transformations.  I’ve loved watching this season, and for the first time in a few seasons I really love everyone in the final four.  But I especially love the sisters, Hannah and Olivia.  Olivia, in particular has been my favorite all season.  She looks so amazing now (Check out the pics she posted to her FB Page of her homecoming.  She looks crazy good!)  I think she’s hilarious and not super whiny and annoying like girls can often be on that show.  I also think she’s my favorite because I find it semi freaky that (hair aside) she looks a lot like me.  And even more freaky, her sister Hannah looks a lot like my sister.   Now that the season is almost over and she’s skinny and hot, people have come out of the woodwork to tell me how much we look alike.  I’m pretty sure they all noticed before and chose not to mention it until now.  I have smart friends.

Anyway, on an episode a few weeks ago, Ali Vincent (a previous winner) came for a visit.  She did a kitchen segment where she made this quinoa salad that I thought sounded pretty good (not gonna lie, not all of that Biggest Loser food does.  Cutie pie Curtis Stone can only do so much without oil and salt…)  And I had just finished prepping this post all about quinoa.  Perfect timing!  It’s really simple, really healthy, and works great as a main dish or a side dish. Check it out.

Place some cooked quinoa in a large bowl

Add some black beans, which are packed with protein and fiber

And some gorgeous chopped bell pepper.
And if you have to sell your first born to be able to afford a fresh red bell pepper right now, you could substitute some jarred roasted red bell peppers, or even a couple of diced tomatoes.

Add some sweet, juicy mango.
FYI Whole Foods Market has awesome Hatian mangoes in stock right now.
That’s what I used and they were deeelicious.

Toss in some sliced green onions

And a big handful of chopped cilantro

Give it a big toss

In a separate bowl, whisk together the quick dressing.
Juice a half of a lime, or a whole lime if you’re a lime-y kinda person like I am.

Add a few splashes of red wine vinegar

and some extra virgin olive oil

And then pause to reflect that food is indeed art

Write a haiku if you feel so inclined

And we’ll move on.
Whisk it all up and pour it over the salad and then give it another good toss.

Now this is where I would get kicked off the ranch.  Because on the ranch we all know that salt is evil.  Unless you’re trying to throw a weigh-in and then it’s awesome. But I think at this point the salad needs a generous sprinkling of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.  Don’t tell Bob.

Chill before serving so all of those yummy flavors can party it up.
You can eat it plain as a one-dish meal, or as a side dish

Or do what I did and spoon it over grilled chicken.

It would also be great over grilled fish (or so I would imagine.
You know, if I could eat fish without my gag reflex kicking in…)



  1. I just love you Sara! Your post bio’s are so funny and entertaining. Biggest Loser is my fave show too, and the purple sisters to boot! – It has to be one of the best seasons yet! How lucky you are to look like Olivia – you’re both Gorgeous!

    PS – how about a post on a great oatmeal cookie recipe – lower in fat (no shortening please) and full of yummy things like vanilla, coconut, raisins, nuts, spices etc. I’m still debating about which is best: old fashioned oats or quick minute oats in oatmeal cookies. I searched the website for an oatmeal cookie recipe and couldn’t find one.

    How about a Mac-n-cheese recipe too? Couldn’t find that recipe either.


  2. I don’t know how I missed this episode (or at least the recipe part of it) but this salad looks fantastic! I LOVE quinoa, and mangoes, and just about everything in this salad… looks like I know what dinner is tonight! YUM-O!

  3. OKAY!!!!! This is HILARIOUS! We watch Biggest Loser EVERY week and the Purple SISTERS are my FAVORITE! 🙂 I just LOVE them! 🙂 ANDDDDDD. . . when they made this salad I looked it up on the Biggest Loser website and put it in my “to make” list! 🙂 Great to be able to see pretty pictures to go with the recipe now! 🙂

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