I hate Halloween. I think its because I have to come up with costumes to dress my children in, and I certainly don’t want to spend $50 on one and I’m not crafty enough to make one. So this will most likely be my only Halloween post. And I’m into happy, feel good things, like the Hallmark Channel and Christmas cheer. Moving on.
For a girl who really wants to eat healthy, but loves her some chocolate and mexican food, trying to eat better is a struggle. I get in there and do my research, reading articles (blogs) with healthy recipes. But none of them look good so I’m doubtful they will taste good. But in the name of living a healthy lifestyle, (and wanting to fit into those pants Andy bought me that were a size too small (thanks honey of thinking I was that little)) I took a gamble and ordered some quinoa as a side dish. And to my surprise, gasp, it was good! So now when I make my Friday run to the grocery store, I head to the deli section of Whole Foods and pick out a healthy, prepackaged quinoa salad of some sort and call it lunch.
Now eating quinoa and preparing quinoa are two different stories. But one of my friends forwarded me this quinoa pancake recipe and said it was delicious. And since I am officially on the quinoa bandwagon I bought a bag. ( I just might have to count up how many times I am typing the word quinoa). Knowing my kids would completely revolt if I tried to serve them quinoa pancakes, I just put the bag in the back of the pantry and promptly forgot about it. . Not actually cooking it. I can boil water, pour it in, stir, and cover. I think the thought of making a quinoa dish had me freaked out. But I came across another recipe, a salad of sorts, that I decided to give a go. And I’m here to report to you that it was delicious, by adult salad standards. Andy and I can’t get enough of it. I won’t be serving it up for dinner. But it is a great “go to” for lunch.
Don’t be afraid of quinoa my friends. Your an adult – eat healthy sometimes.
I’m filing this one under Just Finish Strong wisdom.
Everything and Quinoa Salad
1 12 oz pkg cooked and shelled edemame
1 c diced celery
1 c red peppers, diced
1 can corn, drained
1 c sliced almonds
1 c dried cranberries
2 c dried quinoa
5 Tbsp fresh lime juice
3 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Cook Quinoa according to package directions. Add all the other ingredients. Toss well and stash in the refrigerator for a dish no one under the age of 18 will touch.
For the record, I said Quinoa only 11 times.