Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Homemade Gift Idea: Nutritious Granola Mix!

I'm always on the hunt for a good DIY gift idea, whether for Christmas or birthdays.  I'm definitely the crafty-sort!  I like giving people gifts that are personal and custom to their tastes.

This recipe is no exception, the rich, nutty flavours speckled with jewel-toned dried fruits make a tasty breakfast with yogurt or an easy snack on the go.  And it makes a ton of it!  Let me know if you try it and like it! :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Easy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

I freaking love this recipe.  It's really good warm or cold, totally up to you.  It also keeps really well in the fridge so you can have it all week!

Quinoa Salad 
Adapted from here

2 cups chicken stock
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 large cooked chicken breasts - cut into bite size pieces
1 red onion (optional, Chris hates onion)
1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
1/2 cup of tomatoes, cucumbers (or any vegetables you like)
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
  1. Bring the chicken stock and garlic to a boil. Stir in the quinoa, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the water has been absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Discard the garlic clove and scrape the quinoa into a large bowl.
  2. Gently stir the chicken, onion, veggies, olives, feta cheese, parsley, chives, and salt into the quinoa. Drizzle with the lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. Stir until evenly mixed. Serve warm or refrigerate and serve cold.
If you try this recipe, let us know!