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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:
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!

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