Friday, April 5, 2013

what i am eating

I love cooking and eating, and I especially love looking at pictures of food!  If you love food as much as I do, please add your food pictures/recipes/food related posts to the linky below.  All you have to do is link back to this blog post.  I look forward to seeing what everyone else is eating this week!

Quinoa Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

Last weekend was Easter, and I planned a very large veggie based meal.  It was really awesome to plan a vegetarian Easter!  I roasted root veggies (potatoes/parsnips/carrots/onions), made a fruit salad, made a quiche from our chickens eggs, had spinach salad with strawberries and an orange balsamic dressing, and I made a quinoa salad with a cilantro lime dressing.  It was all delicious, and although we were all full at the end of the meal, I didn't feel the same sluggishness that I sometimes feel after a feast meal - maybe I just ate less!

Quinoa Salad

2 cups dried quinoa (rinsed well!)
4 cups water (or veggie stock)

2 tomatoes, chopped
1 seedless cucumber, chopped
1/2 large sweet onion finely chopped
cilantro leaves for garnish
salt and pepper to taste

Cook 2 cups of quinoa in 4 cups of water or veggie stock.  Make sure that you rinse the quinoa before you cook it!  Otherwise it will be extremely bitter.  Simmer for ~ 20 minutes and then fluff and set aside.

Chop and dice tomatoes/cucumber/onion and put in a bowl.  Mix with the quinoa.  Add Cilantro Lime Dressing (below) mix together and serve.  Can be served hot, warm, or cold :-)  Perfect for BBQ's or potluck meals!

Cilantro Lime Dressing

juice of 2 limes
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 good handful of fresh cilantro
3 cloves garlic
3/4 cup olive oil

Put all ingredients in a blender, and blend until combined and no chunks of garlic are in there.  Pour over Quinoa salad, mix well.  This would also taste delicious over a taco salad, and you could definitely add a chopped avocado to the dressing and decrease the olive oil a bit.  And you could also put a jalapeno pepper in this - which would be delicious, but too spicy for my littles mouths.

What are you eating this week?  Coconut Milk post will be coming, in case you were looking for it!



9 comments:

  1. The cilantro lime dressing looks incredible! Definitely making this! Will also be linking up in a bit :) thank you for hosting!

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  2. Your Easter menu sounds great! :)

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  3. Hi Heather, thank you for liking my Potato Hash Egg Nests! I have liked you on G+ and have added your Link Party to my blog list!! Have a great weekend.

    Kari/Salted Nuts

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  4. Thanks for hosting Heather....everything looks soooo yummy!

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  5. Your veggie feast sounds amazing! Right up my alley :)

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  6. Sounds like a yummy vegetarian Easter.

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  7. Thank you for the invite!! :) Do you have a button for the link up so I can put it on my blog?

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog
    Exercise Encouragement Group Blog

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