Sunday, January 24, 2010

Quinoa Salad and Week 68 Menu

Last week I bought some quinoa for the first time. It was kind of hard to find at my little Smith's and it was kind of pricey, but I bought it anyway. It is supposed to be super healthy and my sister-in-laws have been cooking with it for a while, so I thought it was time to try it.

I made this quinoa salad yesterday using a recipe from Maggie. I loved that it was really healthy and you can put whatever you want in it. We had it with a juicy, grilled steak and it was perfect!

Quinoa Salad
recipe from Maggie

1 c. quinoa
2 c. water

Cook quinoa according to package directions (just like rice). I used my rice cooker.

Chop up any veggies you like and add to cooled quinoa. I used:
cucumber
tomatoes
chopped flat leaf parsley (1/2 c.)
any bell pepper, I used red
green onions

Salt and pepper. Then pour on any vinaigrette of your choosing. I used a combination of lime vinaigrette and this balsamic vinaigrette (to balance out the lime-i-ness). Or you can try this recipe from Maggie:

Whisk together:
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
1/4 c. Dijon mustard
3 T. lime juice
1 T. honey
1/3 c extra virgin olive oil

I'm going to use Maggie's vinaigrette next time. Enjoy!


Now, menu time!

I planned my shopping list and menus pretty well last week and only went to the store once (does it count that I had my hubby pick up some eggs and apples?). Hopefully this week will be planned out well too:

Monday: taco salad

Tuesday: broccoli chicken braid

Wednesday: pepperoni bread

Thursday: Chicken Spaghetti

Friday: Italian Meatball Soup w/bread

Saturday: easy

Sunday: Bistro chicken w/potatoes

There it is! Now your turn. If you have your menu go ahead and post it in the comment section. Ever wonder what I do with all your menus? Well, the comments are sent to my email inbox and I put them in a "menu" folder. Then if I need meal inspiration I just go through all the lists of your wonderful menus. Thanks for sharing!

3 comments:

  1. Sunday: chicken pot pie casserole

    Monday: creamy chicken enchiladas

    Tuesday: leftovers

    Wednesday: BBQ beef sandwiches or pot roast (I can't decide)

    Thursday: leftovers again

    Friday & Saturday: probably going to my mom's house. She always feeds me yummy stuff :)

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  2. Laura,

    Thanks for posting your menus! You always have great ideas. SO, I actually haven't tried PW's chicken spaghetti yet, but I'm going to this week, hopefully.

    I'll have to try your suggestion about paying cash for groceries. It sounds like it would work!

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  3. Sunday: Honey Dijon Pork chops
    Monday: Thai Peanut Noodles
    Tues: Fauxitessirie Chicken
    Wed: Corn chowder (from last week)
    Thurs: Taco Soup
    Friday: Bourbon Chicken
    Saturday: easy

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