Black Bean Mango Avocado Salad

Kudos to all the single moms out there.  I’ve been getting a taste of what life would be like as a single mom with two kids and it is tough (HUGE understatement).   Here’s the detail that I neglected to mention for fear of being judged…I have only been alone with both of my little ones for 3 to 4 hours max, and that short window of time sends me into a tailspin.  I’m exhausted just thinking about riding solo with two kids for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Tonight was one of those nights.  My husband walked in late from work, blew a few kisses, then walked right back out for his CrossFit classes.   So I had the pleasure of preparing a toddler-friendly dinner with one child on my hip and the other tugging at my yoga pants.  My multitasking skills were challenged further trying to feed a ‘picky eater’ while nursing my ‘frequent feeder’.  Thankfully I still had a bit of fuel in my tank to bath at least one of the girls (two would be pushing it), then read a story and sing songs to my toddler with a 3 month old in tow.

Now the tank is empty.  I am writing this post while running on fumes alone.

My only saving grace tonight was this colourful recipe.  It takes less than 5 minutes to prep, has a mere 6 ingredients (all of which you can find in your cupboard, fridge or the nearest grocery store).   It’s perfect for a potluck, picnic, and even your picky eater’s plate.   It’s a one-stop shop meal with protein, carbohydrates and fat all in one bowl.

Black Bean, Mango & Avocado Salad

Servings: 4-6 people

Prep Time:  5-10 minutes


  • 2 cups of black beans (if buying canned, look for a brand like Eden which has BPA-free lining)
  • 1 mango
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 red pepper (roasted red pepper is a great alternative)
  • 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice (or more to your liking)

Optional additions:

  • Handful of chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp olive, flax, or other oil
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 1/2 cup corn (I prefer slicing the corn right off the cobb vs. canned.  Either one, make sure the corn is organic)


  1. Rinse black beans (if canned) and chop mango, avocado, red pepper into bite sized pieces suitable for your little one.
  2. Put all ingredients in a bowl and toss with lime juice.

Thank you to this salad for bringing some colour into our meal and my night.  Alas, my husband is home and I am free (at least until I’m back on nursing duty).