Roasted Acorn Squash with Cranberry Pecan Quinoa

I am currently the lucky recipient of a winter Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and this week received a beautiful acorn squash in my batch of local goodies (along with some mushrooms and green onions).  Acorn squash has a mellow flavor and yet meaty and satisfying texture.  It is considered a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C […]

By |February 22nd, 2015|dairy-free, entree, gluten-free, quinoa, vegan, vegetable, vegetarian|0 Comments

Creamy Quinoa-Veggie Stew

Out with the old, in with the stew!  This unique and healthy stew is sure to help kick off your 2015 on the right foot.

This creamy, vegan stew is perfectly satisfying during this frigid weather.  Loaded with protein-filled quinoa and health-boosting veggies – it is the perfect way to stay healthy while indulging in a comfort-food-like recipe. […]

By |January 6th, 2015|dairy-free, entree, gluten-free, lunch, quinoa, soup, vegan, vegetarian|0 Comments

Crispy Quinoa Cakes with Arugula & Sweet Potatoes

Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free

These crispy quinoa cakes are packed with arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, sweet potatoes, shallots and sunflower seeds.  Delicious!  My husband says he loves them over salmon cakes.  And they actually stay together very well.

They pair well over an arugula salad with avocado and roasted sweet potatoes and drizzled with tahini […]

By |January 5th, 2015|dairy-free, entree, gluten-free, lunch, quinoa, side dish, vegan, vegetarian|0 Comments

Summertime Quinoa-Peach Salad

This recipe was inspired by my good friend, Kristin, who brought a similar dish to our summertime BBQ.  It was perfectly light and a total crowd pleaser.  It vanished pretty fast.  It is served at room temperature or slightly chilled which is great for summertime sides.  It also can serve as an easy and […]

By |July 22nd, 2014|gluten-free, lunch, quinoa, salad, side dish, vegan|0 Comments

Detox Quinoa Spinach Salad (gluten-free + vegan)

This quinoa salad has it all!  Recently, I’ve been bored with healthy lunchtime options and wanted to create an exciting dish that provides a healthy source of lasting energy for lunch on-the-go.  This recipe features my all time favorite grain: quinoa (gluten-free and a complete protein).  It gets healthy fat from both avocado and […]

By |December 16th, 2013|dairy-free, gluten-free, lunch, quinoa, salad, side dish, vegan, vegetarian|0 Comments

Tex Mex Quinoa

I’m always looking for new ways to prepare quinoa.  This southwest twist takes quinoa from basic to flavorfully fun and colorful.  The addition of the black beans is great for added protein and fiber.  Top with an avocado and extra lime juice just before serving for an extra wow factor.

Ingredients

½ cups dry quinoa
2 cups […]

By |May 3rd, 2012|entree, gluten-free, lunch, quinoa, side dish, vegan|0 Comments

Southwest Quinoa Burger

My husband found this recipe in Men’s Health magazine and we tried cooking it together.  It was very easy to make and turned out way better than we expected.  It did actually look and taste very similar to a real burger.   And, the southwest flavoring made for exceptional taste.  You can consider it husband […]

By |April 24th, 2012|entree, quinoa, vegan|0 Comments

Pistachio and Cranberry Studded Quinoa

There are so many fun ways to cook quinoa.  This particular recipe is one of my all time favorites. The nutty flavor of the pistachios combined with the tart and sweet flavor of the cranberries makes this quinoa oh-so-special.  And, the colors add a festive note to any holiday meal.

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

2 tbsp extra virgin […]

By |December 11th, 2011|quinoa, side dish, vegan|0 Comments

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Pesto

Stuffed peppers provide a beautiful presentation with their vibrant color and unusual shape.   You can really get creative with what you stuff them with and what sauce you add for extra flavor.  For this recipe, I’m going vegan-style and stuffing with protein-rich quinoa and boosting the flavor with a vegan pesto sauce drizzled on […]

By |September 25th, 2011|entree, quinoa, vegan|4 Comments

Pesto Quinoa

This is pesto with a vegan twist… no cheese!  This makes a great side or main dish and is also gluten-free.

Ingredients
2 cups quinoa, rinsed
4 cups water

Vegan Pesto Sauce
2 cups fresh basil, rinsed and dried
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup walnuts
4 garlic cloves, pressed

Preparation

Bring water to boil and add quinoa
Cook for 20 minutes until […]

By |June 21st, 2011|quinoa, side dish, vegan|0 Comments