Quinoa Sliders

Once again, I find myself in the dreaded chicken-and-pasta dinner rut!  Unfortunately this happens too many times to count. This entrée, for Quinoa Sliders, is a welcomed diversion to our pedestrian meat choices; it combines an interesting medley of southwestern textures and flavors (black beans, whole kernel corn, garlic, cilantro, chipotle). Luckily I know my kids already LOVE quinoa and corn and beans so, it's highly probable that this meal wouldn’t disappoint.  And, it is super easy to make. We love our Quinoa. And why shouldn't … [Read more...]

Quinoa and Chia Salad

I’m continuing on my crusade to get everyone to incorporate Chia Seeds into their diets. I’m not pretending to be a nutritionist nor am I a dietician but, when I do stumble upon something that totally enhances the nutritional component of a dish without detracting from its flavor, I love sharing it. Tonight for dinner I cooked a simple side by combining some quinoa with chia seeds. Talk about a seriously protein and fiber rich dish – you can’t go wrong here. The nutty flavor from the cooked quinoa is subtly offset by the delicately tangy … [Read more...]

Quinoa, Grape and Toasted Almond Salad

If you've been following this blog, you've obviously figured out that we’re on a quinoa kick in my family. I’ve already spoken about some of the health benefits to this super grain. And, I’ve most recently shared our latest Quinoa recipe fave: Cheesy Veggie Quinoa. The best part about our new whole grain discovery? My kids actually ask for it.  Totally unsolicited. Last night each person in the family chose a new ingredient to add to our quinoa base.  The final result was a salad that was light and simple yet bursting with crunch … [Read more...]