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!


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

  2. Your Easter menu sounds great! :)

  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

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

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

  6. Sounds like a yummy vegetarian Easter.

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

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