My Inspiration . . .

I've always had a love for baking, but it wasn't until I was in college that I had a desire to learn how to cook. In 2009, I decided to start my own cooking blog so I could access my recipes from anywhere, and was born.

I love trying new recipes and finding ways to make them healthier & happier on the hips! I love everything about food: the taste, the smells, the presentation, the experimenting, etc. I love to entertain, so I figured this was a great way to bring people together. Hope you enjoy trying out some of the recipes. Happy cooking!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Organic Quinoa

I could eat this stuff every day! And, the best thing about it is that the only ingredient in the quinoa is quinoa (always a good thing, right?!) and you can buy it bulk at Costco! Oh, happy day!
{ Prep Time: 10 mins / Cooking Time: 25 mins / Difficulty: Easy / Yields: 4 servings }

2 cups organic vegetable or chicken stock
1 cup quinoa
1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, diced
1/2 large yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup fresh parsley or basil, (or a combination of the two) chopped
kosher salt and ground pepper, to taste

1. In a medium sized saucepan, combine the quinoa and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and lightly simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed and the quinoa is tender. Add the sun dried tomatoes to pot, cover and allow them to steam with quinoa for 5 mins. Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions soften and become translucent, about 4 mins. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, but not brown. Fluff the steamed quinoa and tomatoes with a fork; add the onion/garlic mixture, pine nuts and herbs. Season with salt and pepper and serve as a side dish. Is great served chilled with a salad too!

Recipe borrowed from Nature's Earthly Choice Organic Quinoa

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