I made this quinoa salad yesterday. I’d never had quinoa before, but I saw this recipe the other day and wanted to give it a try. Remember we’re doing the healthy eating thing now. (I lost 6 lbs in the first 10 days!)
Aren’t these ingredients beautiful?
Cooked quinoa cooling on a cookie sheet.
This is what the quinoa I used looks like.
I used the whole box, about 2 cups.
This is really good and so fresh-tasting. We both think it needs a little more dressing though, so I’ll be making more today to add to it (minus the oil). I got the recipe HERE, but I changed the name of it. You really do have to “chop your ass off” when you make this! But it’s worth it. *Edited to add: Add more craisins instead of more dressing…they’re fantastic in there! I ended up using a whole 10-oz. package.
This was our lunch yesterday…grilled chicken breasts and sesame noodles. YUM. These are salad plates so it’s not as much food as it looks like! I ended up only eating and 2/3 of my plate and had the rest for a snack last night. The chicken was marinated in Italian salad dressing (I poured out most of the oil before using it) and then grilled on my grill pan indoors to get the grill marks and finished off in the oven. The noodles are whole wheat with a little sesame oil, tahini, honey, green onions, red pepper flakes, and cilantro mixed in (I didn’t measure anything or use a recipe this time). This is one of my very favorite dishes of all time! Here is KATE’S original recipe that I normally use:
Kate’s Sesame Noodles
1 lb box Spaghetti Noodles
1/2 Cup Corn or Canola Oil (I use half of this)
6 Tbsp. Dark Sesame Oil
6 Tbsp. Honey
4 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
4 Tsp. Ground Red Pepper (Cayenne) to taste, more if you want hotter.
1 Tsp. Salt
Place oils and honey in sauce pan. Heat to just before boiling point. Add soy sauce, salt and red pepper. Simmer for 3 minutes or so.
Cook a 1-lb box of spaghetti. Drain, rinse and cool. Whole wheat works just fine.
Add above sauce to noodles. Refrigerate over night. Shake whenever you think about it to marinate all of the noodles.
Chop the following ingredients and add 20 minutes or so prior to serving:
1 Cup Chopped Cilantro
1 Cup Chopped Green Onions
1 Cup Chopped Salted Peanuts
More of the above can be added if you like. I do not usually measure this.
My mission today is to get some video of Ollie. Will post it tomorrow or later tonight.
Have a good day!