Thursday, March 22, 2012

Last night's dinner = today's lunch...

And, oh, is it yummy!  I got a random craving for quinoa, so I had to fix it.  It's really not a bad craving to have...  I think I needed a protein fix or something.

Quinoa and Wilted Swiss Chard Salad
  • quinoa
  • water
  • salt 
  • olive oil
  • rainbow swiss chard, torn into 1-2" pieces
  • medium carrot, finely grated
  • small bunch of scallions, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne
Top with...
  • balsamic
  • sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

1 cup quinoa, cooked in two cups water with a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of olive oil.  Bring it all to a boil, then turn it down to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and let stand for about five minutes or so.

Toss swiss chard with warm quinoa, let stand for another 5-10 minutes...  the heat from the grain will wilt the greens a little, yum!

Add in other veggies and give it a toss.  Drizzle with dressing and toss it one more time.  Drizzle with a little balsamic and grind a little sea salt and black pepper over it just before serving.

The whole family really liked this stuff.  It was filling and refreshing all at once.  We followed it with a dessert of fresh strawberries, blueberries and mint.  So good!

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