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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Jeremy’s best friend Max is getting married to Brigitte in Norway, and Jeremy is the best man, so…
In less than a month, Jeremy and I will be heading to Norway, alone. With NO kids!
While to some that sounds divine and delightful, to me…well, it does sound that way on occasion, but …I have to admit, I have been feeling some trepidation and anxiety. First of all, I am not one who typically enJOYs flying. neh. uh.uh. don’t like the whole idea.
Second, we are going for 10 days. 1o DAYS!!! on another continent. without the kids. what will I do? They are going to be all grown up by the time we get back.
Anyways… they will be in good hands and I am praying that I will be able to relax and enjoy myself enough to get a good look at those beautiful fjords and do some glacier hiking.
I’ve been feeling a bit direction-less lately. Feeling like I need to have something before me to which I am steadily moving torward. I feel like I need some clarity, some direction, some prodding??? I think this trip to Norway will be a good chance to get some time to spend with myself, with my husband, and with God. Figuring stuff out. I have been missing out on early morning quiet times with Jesus. I find the kids have been getting up earlier and earlier, and I just never.seem.to.get.to.it. I know this is why I feel directionless.
Jer and I were talking about committing to pray and ask God (individually and together) to begin to speak to us about where we are, what we are doing and what we are supposed to be doing…etc. We are not really the 5-year-plan kind of people (at all!), but i know that when I have nothing to move towards, I feel hopeless. I have lost sight momentarily of what we are to do. I guess most importantly, I desire to know what’s on God’s heart for us so that I can pray towards it and usher in God’s will for our lives. I believe that as a wife and a mother….that is one of my main purposes. To KNOW where God is leading us and to PRAY for His hand to move. I think often it is assumed that if God wills something for us, it will happen, no matter what. I don’t believe this is always the case. He has decidedly partnered with us, giving us the authority to ask and receive, to have faith and see Him move in response to it. It doesn’t always land in our laps. That’s actually quite rare.
Anyways…all this to say that I think some good fresh Norweign air and some quiet time with God and Jeremy will do wonders. I pray that I can hear God speaking clearly.
the sun is shining today, and i’m off to my friend julie’s for a play-date!
my baby’s gonna be 3 next week! i can’t believe it.
i guess i’m gonna plan a good ol’ lightning mcqueen birthday party! whoot!
well, happy wednesday to you all….
coming up soooooooon: 100 things about me. (i bet you can’t wait!)
oh, and here’s what i’ve been feeding my husband every morning for breakfast for the past 2 weeks…. he actually likes it….and feels better when he drinks it!
ingredients: organic bananas (frozen) 1 or 2
organic apples 1 or 2
raw spinach (handful)
raw baby field greens–mesclun mix (handful)
dollop of honey
teaspoon of ground flax seed
water (to engage the blender blades)
blend, blend, drink and enjoy! the kids love these “superman smoothies” as well.
why is jeremy wearing these hot-looking, sweet-action galoshes?
is it because the spring rains have begun to spread their love, with promises of sunshiney days and blossoms up ahead?!?
is it because we are attending another ball for the boot-wearing jazz-lovers?
nope! and nope!
no, dear readers….uh-uh.
in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.
spring is nowhere to be seen, and we have no such fun parties to attend in the near future….
what we have here is a veritable basement flooding. the sump-pump decided it had done enough work for the year and took a vay-cay. alas…water everywhere.
so, jeremy donned his fancy footwear and got to work.
shortly thereafter i quietly tiptoed down the stairs to let him gently know that the hot water heater wasn’t working….the pilot light went out. (this happens when it gets windy outside….weird… i guess we should get this igloo insulated afterall. hmmm. who knew?) oh and here’s a little post-it note about jeremy…he did all of this with a wicked, seething sinus infection, which he has been battling for 4 days now…terribly painful….when i get a sinus headache, i am out.of.commission. fully. can we say woos-bag? but jer…well, he’s a trooper.
i then went upstairs to get the kids some dessert. and, the yogurt container promptly fell out of the fridge upside-down all over the floor. joshijah got to work and started licking it clean. i can always count on joshijah to help out in my hour of need. 🙂
here’s me, just showing you the zit i woke up with this morning. yesssss…sweeeeeet:
and a much more poised picture of me showing you my chapped winter lips:
mmm. check those crazy-woman eyes.
yikes, it actually frightens me a little to look at this picture. eww.
how is everyone else doing? 🙂
checking out the first snow with daddy in the mornin’.
WARNING: lots of hat pics following…. 🙂
these are the snazzy new lids my mom crocheted for my babes. cute, yes?
i think she should sell them and make one meeeeleeeyon dollars. 🙂
oh, and hosanna got into the markers a few weeks ago. heh.
but she thought it was pretty cool though, so…..meh. no deal. as long as she had fun. 🙂
well, jeremy’s gone and made himself a daddy-blog.
you can check it here…or go to my blogroll…..
another one joins the blogosphere. yessssssssssssssss! 😉
**and something else that’s pretty amaz-zA-zing…
this video that my MIL emailed me yesterday. i mean…seriously. so cool. i wish my kids could take this class.
watch, and be amazed!
little miss may-may playing in the tissue paper at amelie’s baby shower. wheeee!
jos wondering “what the?” (holding his newest cousin amelie)
my dear jer-jer doin’ his sexy coca-cola ad pose.
and me, being my usual retardo self.
happy sunday night!