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 Grape Salad with Toasted Almonds

Even though Valentine's day has come and gone, we're still continuing our love affair- with quinoa- which has continued for its third year.  The latest recipe result is one of our favorite salad combinations to date.  It's light and simple yet bursting with crunch and a medley of unique flavors. I even ate some cold leftovers for lunch today, and the salad was equally as tasty. So, why don’t you try it for yourself?  This dish is a welcomed alternative to the rice-based side dishes that can become very commonplace very quickly. And, … [Read more...]

One Pan Mexican Quinoa

We all struggle to diversify mealtime. I'm constantly wracking my brain to come up with dishes that will hold the interest of my kids, both of whom have very different palates. After becoming personally invested in what they eat, I've learned that sometimes, merely making tweaks to a base dish that's already been kid-approved will be successful. Last year was the year of Quinoa in my house.  I fell in love with it and prepared every dish I could to get my kids to fall in love with it too.  From quinoa salads to quinoa casseroles to quinoa … [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...]