Fiesta Quinoa Salad Recipe

Fiesta Quinoa Salad Recipe

Grains have come a long way, and to add some dimension and unique flavor to our standard dinner I have been testing out quinoa recipes. Quick to cook, these rich grains retain an amazing amount of flavor that I typically accentuate with some dill, salt and pepper. The family loves the grain, but does get sick of the same old recipe. I recently had the chance to check out a new cookbook called Blissful Bites: Vegan Meals that Nourish Mind, Body, and Planet (BenBella Books, September 2011), a comprehensive recipe book with 175 easy-to-make, delicious recipes that use locally grown, organic ingredients.

To mix up a bland dinner, I tested out the Fiesta Quinoa Salad, a Mexican inspired salad that uses both regular and red quinoa for a beautiful look that is also amazing to eat. Much like my standard quinoa dish, this one was also quick (about 30 minutes) where I created both a tasty lime dressing and unique flavors and texture to the quinoa with corn, black beans and yellow peppers. I loved the dimension these flavors brought to the dish as well as the amazing dressing that packed a zesty and bold punch.

The family also loved the dish, and I loved how the book inspired me to try something new – especially since it was based off of a food that we already loved. Written by Christy Morgan, who is also known to her blog readers as The Blissful Chef, the book provides parents with a healthy collection of meals that makes vegetarian and vegan cooking simple, fun and exciting to test out.  Through this book, which also happens to focus on seasonal eating, you can learn a thing or two about cooking at home with Christy’s amazing cooking and prep tips, a guide to stocking your pantry as well as some knife skills to help you through your cooking.

Through the book and a desire to change up our dinnertime routine, I added a new and really easy quinoa dish to our meals while also creating a dish that was vibrant, delicious and heathy!

Fiesta Quinoa Salad by Christy Morgan

Makes 5 to 7 servings
Ingredients:

1 cup white quinoa, plus 1/4 cup red quinoa, washed and drained
1 cup fresh corn, off the cob
2 cups filtered water
Pinch sea salt
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup finely diced yellow pepper (or another color bell pepper)
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
1/4 cup cilantro leaves

Dressing:

2 teaspoons lime zest
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 tablespoons tamari
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Instructions:

Place quinoa, corn, and water in a medium saucepan with pinch of salt and bring to a boil.

Simmer covered for 20 minutes over low flame.
Meanwhile, whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl until well combined.
Fluff quinoa with fork, place in medium bowl, and stir in the black beans, veggies, dressing, and cilantro.
Season with sea salt if needed. Serve warm or cold the next day.

Have you tried any good quinoa recipes? Please share.

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Peachy Keen Recipes

Did you know that the peach is a part of the rose family?… Yeah, I didn’t either until recently. And, apparently, almonds, plums, and apricots are too! So there you go… But I digress. The sweet, juicy, and fuzzy fruit conjures imagery of summertime in Georgia. And we’re happy to make the most of National Peach Month, by consuming all the round or donut-shaped pitted peaches we can get our hands on. We’ll eat em picked off a tree, blended into a smoothie, or baked into a pastry or dessert… Peachy keen!

Another fun and little-know fact about the peach? Its seed is actually sort of useful. They kind of taste like bitter almonds, and you can add a few (either whole or ground) into peach preserves, syrups, or even baked goodies to highlight the flavor. I always thought the peach pit was poisonous, and they do contain hydrocyanic acid which can be harmful in large amounts, but a grownup can safely eat a several seeds without worry. Still feeling concerned? Cooking them partially breaks down the acid to make it even less effective.

Of course you can skip this extra step altogether, and you’ll still have some pretty darn tasty treats. In fact, I’ve rounded up ten totally tart and super sweet peach recipes to make all month long. Because, life is a peach–go ahead, and take a bite out of it!

Pan Fried Peaches via The Rising Spoon

Brown Sugar Peach Pancakes via Oh Sweet Basil

Peach Fritter via Bunny’s Warm Oven

Peach Pie Cinnamon Rolls via Miss in the Kitchen

Glaze Peach Bread via Deliciously Sprinkled

Peach Dumplings via OMG Chocolate Desserts

Peach Strawberry Crisp via Valerie’s Kitchen

Peach Vanilla Cheesecake Trifle via Shared Appetite

Peach Upside Down Cake via Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

Peach Milkshake via Six Sisters’ Stuff

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I’ve Joined the #WingMama Squadron

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Red Baron. All opinions are our own.

I just earned my “mom badge.” Seriously, it’s like Girl Scouts all over again, but this time I’m being rewarded for getting the kids to bed on time and making my family a delicious hot meal–that they’ll actually eat without complaint! (The kids brushed their teeth for two whole minutes?!… Get this mom the oral-hygiene badge of honor!)

I tease, but these really are the signs of a fruitful #momlife day. When the kids are playing together, happily (oh miracle of miracles!)… when my husband and I can sneak out to the patio for a glass of wine… when we’re all sitting together at the dinner table and talking and laughing and actually EATING the food in front of us… This is what success looks like! And THIS is when I feel like I’m actually winning at this little thing called parenthood.

Of course, these pinnacle moments of mom glory are fleeting and surrounded by bickering and bribing and whining and crying and sandwiched between epic mayhem and manic meltdowns. Indeed, the struggle is real, but it’s all worth it to see those smiling, silly, sweet faces staring back at me… Even if it is only lasts for a few minutes.

Speaking of happy occasions—a few weeks ago, I joined Red Baron pizza to celebrate the launch of their new Wing Mama campaign. The new Baroness “spokesmom” celebrates mamas who are strapped for time, babysitters, and sanity, by giving them a boost of confidence, a knowing nod, and an easy mealtime solution.

In addition to being treated to a Red Baron manicure and makeover at the event, I got to taste test all of their signature products–and my goodness, was I pleased! I had no idea that frozen pizza could taste so fresh and satisfying! Better yet, I was outfitted to join the official #WingMama Squadron: a leather bomber jacket with custom-selected patch badges to represent my suit of armor; awesome aviators, perfect for hiding tired eyes from all those sleepless nights (what you don’t wear shades when you eat dinner?); and a long red scarf to conceal stains or double as an emergency toddler tissue and makeshift baby blanket.

My custom Wing Mama jacket is probably my favorite new closet addition. Worn over a simple tee, it creates an instant outfit that fuses my sense of fashion with my sense of humor. I was able to select the patches that best fit my personality and parenting mantras. My picks: “Mothers Slay”—because, in fact, we do. Every day. We slay dragons, big and small, for our kids and still manage to get dinner on the table on time—we’re killin’ it! Don’t ever tell yourself otherwise. I went with “Mom Has Spoken”—because my kids call me the “ruler” of the house—and I’ve got to admit, I kinda like it. Of course, the “Over It” patch speaks to the exhausted mama in me—and it’s true that by 5 PM, you can just go ahead and stick a fork in me. Likewise, the “Ask Your Dad,” patch is fitting—because once Daddy’s home, Mommy goes a break. Speaking of which, the “Me Time,” wine patch is my absolute favorite of all! Because, well, wine! “Pizza for Peace,” is my mealtime mantra, and the “Where’s My Phone” patch, hidden on the inner lining couldn’t be more appropriate—as my perpetual state of mom-brain causes me to lose everything but the head on my shoulders.

Naturally, since becoming a bonafide Wing Mama, Red Baron pizza has become a designated weekly dinner in our home. PIZZA NIGHT! It’s delicious, easy, and ready in no time–which is key in our hectic household. Our favorite is the classic crust–it’s not too thick, not too thin, and has the perfect bite and crunch we crave.

Whenever I make it, the kids quiet down as soon as they smell it cooking in the oven, they voluntarily wash their hands, and then congregate around the dining table. Suddenly, I feel like I’m channeling the Baroness; that our squadron is together and I no longer need to fly solo! I feel like I can tackle anything—winning!

Yes, I’ve got this motherhood thing in the bag… at least for the next five to ten minutes while we eat! Bliss–I’ll take it.

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5 Things to “Waffle”—Besides Waffles

Happy Waffle Iron Day! You ARE celebrating, right? If you’re old-school like me, you’ve probably only ever made waffles in your waffle iron, but oh, OH there is so much more you can waffle!

Have you hopped on this trend yet? There are even whole cookbooks and websites devoted to answering the question of the day: Will It Waffle? Cooking say, brownies or grilled cheese in your waffle iron is a good idea for a number of reasons. First, it takes something familiar, maybe something you even make all the time, and gives it a new spin. Second, figuring out what “waffles” (yes, it’s a verb) can be a fun summer activity to get the kids involved with. Give them a box mix of brownies and let them develop their skills of measuring and mixing and of course, seeing if it will waffle! Here are 5 recipes to get you started.

First time moving beyond waffles in your waffle iron? Start off with these easy transitions.

Cinnamon Roll Waffles – this one takes no more effort than buying one of those tubes of ready-to-bake cinnamon rolls an plopping a few of them onto a heated waffle iron. Don’t forget the icing! Cinnamon-y, gooey deliciousness!

via Little Bit Funky

Waffle Brownie Sundaes – this recipe from The Food Network only takes 6 ingredients that you probably already have on hand. But no shame if you just pick up a box mix too.

via Food Network

Hash Brown Waffles – I do love crispy warm hash browns on a weekend breakfast, but I don’t love standing over a hot pan of oil trying to flip the sucker. Hash brown waffles to the rescue! You can make this easy breakfast side with fresh grated Russet potatoes or by even smashing any frozen tater tot type thing into your grill. Done and done.

via Sheri Silver

Grilled Cheese – there’s not a wrong way to enjoy a grilled cheese, but making one in the waffle maker will certainly put a fun spin on this classic. You can keep it simple like the recipe below or get all fancy by adding in extras like strawberry jam or tomatoes.

via Fifteen Spatulas

Ready for something more advanced? How about, oh I don’t know, Caribbean Shrimp Stuffed Waffle Pops and Mango Cilantro Dip? Shut the front door. This recipe takes your waffling game to a whole. new. level. And you can be pretty positive that no one else will show up with this same appetizer.

via Snappy Gourmet

Happy waffling!

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Kale and Ricotta Cheese Frittata

Kale and Ricotta Cheese Frittata

Photo by Ben Dearly

Yum! This Kale and Ricotta Cheese Frittata  is on our favorites list. We are finally almost settled into our new apartment after our move last month. As someone who likes to organize and put everything in its place, it has been a challenge to live out of boxes with two kids. My older daughter has has been asking to have her friends over so that they can see her new room, which was the perfect motivator this past month as we chipped away at the boxes and created a new space for our family. To celebrate we had some friends over last weekend for a playdate/brunch. I always associate eggs with brunch, but I wanted to mix up the omelet or scramble concept and make a frittata.

Since this was my very first frittata, I decided to locate a recipe on FoodandWine.com and instantly loved the combination of broccoli rabe and ricotta cheese as well as how easy it sounded. Unfortunately, I couldn’t locate broccoli rabe at my local grocery store, so I decided to use kale instead as well as some leeks that was a hit! My guests also loved the frittata, and I was really excited to try this again – maybe  next time with spinach, broccoli, or squash. Enjoy and happy brunching!

Kale and Ricotta Cheese Frittata – Recipe from FoodandWine.com

Ingredients:
3/4 pound broccoli rabe, tough stems removed – (I used kale)

9 eggs
3/4 cup ricotta (about 1/3 pound)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

Directions:
Heat the oven to 325°. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the broccoli rabe until almost tender, about 3 minutes. Drain. Rinse the broccoli rabe with cold water and drain thoroughly. Cut the broccoli rabe into 2-inch lengths and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the ricotta and 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and the pepper.
In a medium cast-iron or ovenproof nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderate heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the blanched broccoli rabe and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

Evenly distribute the broccoli rabe in the pan and then add the egg mixture. Cook the frittata, without stirring, until the edges start to set, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle the Parmesan over the top and bake until firm, about 25 minutes.

What are you cooking this week? For more breakfast inspiration check out these three easy ideas. 

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Strawberries for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Dessert

Strawberry season has arrived. Those big, plump, juicy red delights are sweeter (and cheaper!) than ever.

My kids eat strawberries all day, everyday, and I love incorporating them into my daily smoothies and salads… and in cocktail and champagne glasses! We’re taking the littles strawberry picking this coming weekend, and I know we’re going to bring home a bounty of berries for ourselves, for family, and for friends–plus extra for cooking, making, and baking!

I’m sharing a few favorite ways to use strawberries for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert… I can’t wait to make a few of these with the fruits of our freshly picked labor. That is, if we don’t eat them all first!

Top left to bottom right: Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts via Saving Dessert / 2. Keep You Full Strawberry Smoothie via Womanista / 3. Strawberry Banana Muffins via Melanie Makes / 4. Strawberry Pancake Skewers via BuzzFeed

Top left to bottom right: 1. Balsamic Strawberry Pasta Salad via Yellow Bliss Road / 2. Strawberry Brie Grilled Cheese via The Foodie Affair / 3. Avocado and Strawberry Wrap via Food Folks and Fun / 4. Strawberry and Mango Lettuce Tacos via Veggies Save the Day

Top Left to Bottom Right: 1. Barbecued Strawberry Chicken via Taste of Home / 2. Cilantro Lime Chicken With Strawberry Salsa via Closet Cooking / 3. Strawberry and Arugula Pizza via A Mindful Mom / 4. Pan Roasted Pork Chops in Balsamic Strawberry Sauce via Our Life Tastes Good

1. Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream via a Latte Food / 2. Strawberry Slab Pie via Miss in the Kitchen / 3. Strawberry Shortcake via Self-Proclaimed Foodie / 4. Strawberry Cobbler via Add a Pinch

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Outrageous Doughnut Recipes

DONUT even try to tell me that you’re not obsessed with doughnuts! Deep-fried and loaded with frosting and sprinkles, they’re the perfect breakfast eat, dessert treat, or anytime sweet!… And they’re definitely having a trendy moment in food right now. (Move over pretty pastel macarons and kitschy-cute cupcakes. Make room for the almighty doughnut/donut!)

To celebrate National Doughnut Day on June 2nd, we’ve rounded up a few totally out-of-this-world doughnut recipes! Because, you could get a regular one for free? Or you could make it look like a Pokemon! Stock up on those rainbow sprinkles… you’re gonna need ’em.

Hello Kitty Donut Milkshake via Bento Monsters

Donut Cones via Wilton

Mini Donut Cake Pops via Spring Lane

Cookie Monster Donut via Miss Blueberry Muffin

Watermelon Donut via Paper & Stitch

Rainbow Donut via Paper & Stitch

Disney Donuts via Huffington Post

Marble Donuts via Sprinkles for Breakfast

Giant Donut Cake via the Cake Blog

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4 Ways to Celebrate National Pizza Party Day

It’s National Pizza Party Day! But then again, isn’t every Friday?

We have an awesome TGIF routine in our home, and it’s the best way to kick off a weekend, in my opinion. We pop some corn, put on our pajamas, order a pizza, and set up a picnic in the living room for a family movie night.

Best part: it requires minimal effort and includes maximum snuggle time. Want to host your own National Pizza Party Day tonight? Here are four fun and simple ideas.

Make Your Own Pizza: Build your own pie (but you can cheat and get pre-made dough!) with all the fixings: sauce, cheese, and toppings of your choice!

Treat Yourself to a Fun Goodies: A fun pillow, some silly socks, a pizza purse! Celebrate National Pizza Day without the calories with these kitschy-cute finds.

Order in and Relax: This is my preferred means of pizza-party celebrating! Order a pie and enjoy it picnic-style! Paper plates are even better… No mess, no fuss, no dirty dishes. (Did I mention yesterday was National No Dirty Dishes Day?!)

Make a Giant Pizza Cookie: It’s not a party without dessert! Make a big giant cookie pie, like this one by Sally’s Baking Addiction, and enjoy. There’s no sweeter way to kick off the weekend.

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are our own.

 

 

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Best Salad Recipes and Tools

Did you catch our Facebook Live today? We had our own mini Salad Celebration (a Saladbration if you will!) at the office. We couldn’t let National Salad Month pass us by without sharing a sneak peek at our lunch menu, now could we?

Yes, on any given day, you will find most of the MT ladies munching, crunching, and lunching on salads. (It’s quite a noisy scene in our little office come noon-o’-clock.) We’re like a bunch of rabbits let loose in a garden. Hehe!

Nevertheless, based on the awesome response and interaction we had during our FB Live today, we’re guessing you guys love your salads too! Whether it’s meant as a meal, an appetizer, or a side dish, a salad can be as simple or as complicated as you choose. It’s a vehicle for flavor and protein and all sorts of deliciously colorful and healthy delights!… Just thinking about it makes me want to start dicing and chopping and chewing!

We’ve rounded up a few of our fave veggie-filled creations and some awesome gadgets to take your salad game up a notch. Happy Saladbration!

Asparagus Caprese Salad via Aberdeen’s Kitchen

Southwest Cous Cous Salad via Savory Tooth

Kale Salad via The Garlic Diaries

Chicken Fajita Salad via The Londoner

Mediterranean Chopped Salad via Family Food on the Table

Cucumber Watermelon and Basil Salad via Foodie Crush

Mexican Street Corn Salad via As Easy as Apple Pie

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad via Foodie Crush

BLT Salad via It All Started With Paint

  1. Sur la Table All-in-One Salad Station, $50 / 2. OXO Grape Tomato Cutter, $10 / Trudeau Toss & Clip Salad Shears, $25 / 4. Microplane Salad and Herb Mezzaluna, $14 / 5. OXO Salad Dressing Shaker, $15 / 6. AquaChill Bowl and Servers, $20

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Cinco de Mayo Mango Margaritas

Cinco de Mayo Mango Margaritas – just go ahead and try to say that five times fast! Actually, skip that and let’s get to the mixing, the making, and the margarita-ing (yes, it’s a verb). If you didn’t get a chance to celebrate Cinco de Mayo yesterday, you don’t have to worry. The weekend is here! And there’s a good chance you have everything you need on hand to whip up a batch of these tasty mango margaritas.🍹

I haven’t yet found a margarita I didn’t want to get to know better, but this mango version boasts all kind goodness. I know it’s a margarita we’re talking about here, but mangoes do a body good. Mangoes are naturally sweet so you can usually avoid adding sugar to your margarita and one cup of the little yellow guys has over 20 different vitamins and minerals, including 100% of your daily Vitamin C.

The mango margarita recipe is ridiculously simple to make, but you can spruce up your serving of it by choosing from two different glass rim options.

  • Option 1: Sweet & Citrus – Mix together lime zest and sugar (let the lime zest dry for a few minutes before adding the sugar).
  • Option 2: Salty & Spicy – Mix together chili powder and sea salt.

Ingredients (makes two)

  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/4 cup of OJ, triple sec, or orange-flavored liquor
  • 1 squeeze of lime juice

Directions

  1. Rim glass with desired flavors.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth.
  3. Enjoy with your favorite chips and salsa!

Find even more of our favorite Cinco de Mayo recipes here!

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