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Friday, June 17, 2011

"Could you please move, you're right in front of the quinoa!" = Priceless!

"Don't Block the Quinoa!"

I thought I would share this video... so funny!
Gotta love those shopping carts!

But seriously, I do love my Quinoa, so here is a recipe for a salad
I just made, it was delicious!

Quinoa Bocconcini and Oregano Salad

The delicate flavour of this popular Italian cheese and the crisp
vegetables blend perfectly with the oregano vinaigrette.

3/4 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup diced aucchini
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup frozen baby green peas, thawed
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced yellow bell pepper

3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano (or 2 tsp dried oregano)
1 tsp minced fresh garlic
pinch salt
pinch ground black pepper
1 cup halved mini bocconcini cheese pieces

Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cover, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the covered saucepan on the burner for
another 4 minutes. Remove lid and fluff the cooked quinoa with a fork. Set aside to completely cool.
Combine the zucchini, tomatoes, onion, peas and red and yellow pepper in a large bowl.
Whisk the vinegar, olive oil, mustard, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper together in a small bowl.
Pour the dressing over the vegetables and thoroughly mix all ingredients.
Add the quinoa and the bocconcini and mix until evenly combined.
Serve immediately or for up to 3 days.

"It's getting real at the Whole Foods . . .
. . . Don't block the Quinoa!"

with love from Victoria


  1. That is the first and only time I could identify with rap.

  2. This is the first time I've heard of Quinoa - the recipe looks delicious!

  3. Me too, mybabyjohn!
    It's a wonder food Molly...a great source of protein, contains all eight essential amino acids, gluten free, helps build muscle and stabllizes
    blood sugar...amazing!

  4. Hysterical V! Totally identified!
    And will definitely make the salad! Thanks!

  5. Love quinoa. I was introduced to it by my vegetarian daughters. I just can never remember how to spell it or pronounce it.

  6. Interesting video; great recipe. Think I should try it. Not the kind of thing a Bear would normally eat, but. . . .

    This recipe's from the "Whole Food Parking Lot," perhaps?

  7. I've never bothered with quinoa... but regularly make an almost identical salad with either couscous or Bulgar wheat. Good summer grub.

  8. I'm happy you posted this recipe V...I was hoping to get it from you. It was a really good salad, especially with the fresh summer peas!

    Nice to see you back...I've missed your posts!

  9. Ha! Funny! Recipe sounds right up my alley. Wonder if I can even find quinoa here ??? Have a great day. Tammy

  10. I think you will love it J.
    Yup, it's a tricky word Starting Over!
    The recipe is from a cookbook titled 'Quinoa 365" Rob Bear
    Thanks Peony Princess...I love the fresh peas too, even though the recipe said 'frozen' nice to be able to use fresh when we can!
    Hope you can find it Tammy

    I'm going to post about my latest find... my daughter brought this drink by today ... Chia seeds soaked in almond milk, coconut milk and honey...
    yup you heard right...Chia seeds!

  11. I can just imagine how delicious your salad's are Cro...with all those fresh
    veggies you grow ... sigh! How my heart longs for a veggie patch of my own!

  12. OK.
    I am adding that to my list of things to try.
    Do they have chis seeds in South Texas???

    White Spray Paint


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