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keen-wah sah-lid.

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Tomorrow, after church we are having a pot-luck lunch, so I thought I’d try out a new recipe.  

This one is a great quinoa and bean salad.  It’s light and it’s beany (mmmm! i love beans) and oh-so-proteinous (that’s my own word meaning “full of protein”).

Although quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) is still relatively unheard of (in these parts at least….), it’s great to use in place of rice or other grains.  A part of the same family as spinach and beets, it is a complete protein (due to the presence of all 9 essential amino acids), so it is an excellent choice for the vegetarians and the vegans among us (like my friend Nate over at Vegan Dad).   And, the texture is unique (it gives a wee little crunch when bitten).  So it’s fun.

Anyway… I took this recipe out of Weekend Cooking by Ricardo.  A great cookbook that my honey Jeremy bought me for Christmas. 

Here it is: 

Quinoa Salad with Beans

1 cup (250 mL) quinoa
7 oz (200 g) thin green beans, trimmed
1 can (19 oz/540 mL) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 English cucumber, peeled and diced
1/4 cup (50 mL) olive oil
3 Tbsp (40 mL) white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh tarragon, minced
a few drops of Tabasco sauce
salt and pepper

In a saucepan, cook quinoa in a large quantity of boiling salted water for about 15 minutes, or until the grains are tender but still crunchy.  Rinse in cold water, drain and set aside. 

Cook green beans in boiling salted water.  Rinse in very cold water, drain and set aside. 

Mix all ingredients in a salad bowl.  Season with salt and pepper. 

For best results, refrigerate salad for 1 hour. 

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i heart vinegar dot com.

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dot com? 
that’s just a little thing that jer and i do.  heh.  we’re geeky like that. 
we add “dot com” to the end of things sometimes…..  take for example the other day.  jeremy opened the fridge.  chuckled a bit and closed the door.  i said, “what’s so funny?!?!”  he gives me a funny look and says, “why my fridge stinks dot com”  hahahahah very funny, right?  yeah.
i try to clean my fridge regularly, but sometimes it does get away on me. especially in these summer months full of fresh and abundant produce….someone please tell me you know what i am talking about…. puh-lease.  ???  

but i digress….this post is actually about vinegar and the love i have for it, not my dirty appliances.

so, being a mom, and ever concerned with the welfare of my family, i recently decided to get rid of all my regular cleaners, which are full of toxic things.  i was using spray cleaner to clean counters, baby seats, tables, etc…
you know how those grubby cute little fingers get all OVER the place, well, so…the cleaner was being used FREQUENTLY…
so, i got rid of that stuff, and replaced it with straight white vinegar in spray bottles.  I.AM.IN.LOVE.WITH.IT.  yes.. it cleans like a charm, while disinfecting! and the greatest thing about it is that the kids can help you clean.  heck, they could actually drink the whole bottle of cleaner and live to tell about it.  (let’s just say, i hope that never happens or we are gonna have a whole lotta acid reflux goin’ on…if you know what i mean!)

ok, so, the smell.  seems these days people don’t want to give up the smell of cleaners for the oh-so-delightful smell of vinegar wafting though the house.  i just like to think of french fries on the beach.  heh. that helps. 

you get used to it…in fact just tonight jeremy was eating some salt and vingar chips, and said, “hmm…these taste like cleaner!”….see?  its growing on us.  (he was joking.)

no, but seriously…. the smell dissipates quickly…and if you read up on it, you will find that vinegar is actually like baking soda in that it absorbs other odors.  🙂
AND!  if you mix it with a bit of olive oil, it makes a GREAT wood cleaner/polish! i’m not joking!

well, i could go on about the virtues of this delightful substance (and there are a lot of virtues), but you can check them out yourself at this link here.   they even have daily vinegar tips! funtimes!

and so…maybe next time i will focus on my other love:  baking soda.

(ok, love is a STRONG word, but you get my drift.)

happy cleaning! 

the weekend in review:

well this is by no means an exhaustive review of our weekend, just a few things that i actually remembered to snap with the camera.

tiny.sweet.organic strawberries on the porch
(oh and peanut butter and honey sannies too!)

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organic produce from a co-op i joined. 
(
every 2 weeks we get a bag of locally grown, organic produce…at first, there wasn’t much, but as the season goes on, the yields are getting bigger and better.  yummy!…and yes..those are my toes.)

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  peas on the porch:
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one of the MANY reasons i love my husband!
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joshijah sporting his new tool belt:  what a big guy.
(this is the face he makes when you ask him to smile.  he’s REALLY trying!!)
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Me and May-May:
(this is a sling i made several months ago…an old (but very cool) sheet, with some folding and a knot.  works great, was SUPER cheap, and i get LOTS of comments on it wherever i go!)
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little boy blue:
(yep, we are a fully croc-ed out family now.   heh!)
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