What I LOVE right now! Quinoa, Chia Seeds and Blueberries!

Three great recipes using these foods that I love!

Quinoa Salad

  • 1 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/8 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 7 leaves of basil (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (chopped)

Dressing:

  • 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 11/2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 11/2 tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 11/2 tbsp. water
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Black Pepper (to taste)
  • Sea Salt (to taste)

Quinoa from the bulk bins will need to be rinsed and then cooked, I used Bob’s Red Mill and it is already rinsed.

Bring water to a boil, add quinoa and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes or until the water is fully absorbed. After the pot had cooled, I put the quinoa in the fridge overnight, but if you are in a rush, spread it on a cookie sheet and let cool at room temperature for 30 minutes or so (don’t rinse with cool water). Once cooled add the remaining ingredients in with the quinoa and prep the dressing by combining all the ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the dressing on the quinoa mixture and stir it well to coat. Serve right away or store in the fridge until you are ready to eat. Enjoy!

Chia Seed Oatmeal

  • 1/4 oat bran
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • cinnamon to taste
  • Cook the oatbran, oatmeal, and sliced banana in the water and milk on medium heat by stove top. After about 5 minutes, or when the oats get thick enough for your tastes turn off the stove and mix in about 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. Let the oats sit for about 5 minutes, transfer into a bowl and add the toppings of your choice. I love to use nut butters, granola, nuts, or coconut. Enjoy

Blueberry Almond Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 4 -5 almonds
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 Tbs.  Peanut Butter

This is the best smoothie I have ever made!  I was getting tired of the orange juice based smoothie every mornig so the almond milk is a nice change.  Blend all ingredients inyour mixer.  Add Ice if you like more a a frozen texture!