“Eat the Rainbow.” I’ve heard this saying at least a million times and the main idea behind it is that you should consume a wide variety of foods to ensure that you’re getting all of the nutrients your body needs. In my mind, this Purple Potato Quinoa Salad is the epitome of eating the rainbow! And since I’m throwing old adages around, I’ll toss another one out there: “You first eat with your eyes.” Basically, the more visually appealing the dish, the more likely you are to want to eat it and to enjoy it. Yep, once again, I’m reminded of this salad.
With only two days left until Thanksgiving, this is about the time when I start putting the finishing touches on the holiday menu. This year is a bit different though: my hubby, stepson, and I are all visiting my amazing in-laws. Because I’m a guest in a house full of big-time meat eaters, I’ve decided that, rather than make a bunch of food and take command of the entire kitchen, I’ll make one big dish containing many of my favorite fall foods and flavors. (Oh yeah, and I might just have to make this too.)
This year’s dish–Roasted Cinnamon Apple and Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad–was inspired by something I picked up from Central Market last week to take to my work’s pre-Thanksgiving feast. Not only did I instantly fall in love with the dish, I swore that I would make my own version as soon as I had the time. Well, now that I’m finally on break, the first thing I did (actually, the second thing–the first thing I did was take a nap) was to heat up the oven and roast some cinnamon-spiced apples and sweet potatoes…
So if you haven’t already noticed, I’m a lover of all things quinoa. And chocolate (but honestly, aside from my stepson, who isn’t a chocolate-lover?). It may be hard to believe, but I love them both equally. Quinoa is so versatile and is an amazingly healthy alternative to wheat products. Chocolate is, well, chocolate. Basically, it’s inherently perfect. Anytime I can come up with an excuse to combine these two loves, I’m always game to try. No, the recipes aren’t always winners–in which case, I don’t deem them “blog-worthy”–but sometimes the combo is so wonderful that I can hardly stand it….
As much as I love to cook and truly relish my time in the kitchen, there are also times when I want a meal that’s fast and easy, but just as delicious as something that I might have slaved over for hours. I also like meals that I can make for dinner, quickly pack up the leftovers, and take with me for lunch the next day.
Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!
Even though it’s still more than 100 degrees here in Texas, it’s September and the football season has finally begun so I’ve decided to pretend that it’s fall! Woohoo!
So, it may not officially be fall yet, but I’m already dreaming about colder weather and warmer foods. The official start of the season isn’t for a few more weeks, but the fruits and vegetables at the grocery store allude to what’s on the horizon. Recently, I’ve been seeing increasingly more winter squashes–one of my favorite foods–in the produce aisle and it’s made me so happy that I can’t help but snatch them up each time I see them. So happy, in fact, that I don’t even mind heating up the oven. Yep, I’ll sweat it out in my kitchen if it means enjoying dishes like this Lentil and Quinoa Stuffed Squash. Besides, even the cold leftovers the next day are out of this world.