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This is my favorite go to salad.  It’s easy to make in a pinch, but I think the key is a good quality balsamic vinegar.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of lettuce (romaine is pictured)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 cup prepared quinoa
  • 1/2 chicken breast, cut any way you like it!
  • 1/4  avocado, cut into cubes
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp of shredded hard cheese ( parmesan, asiago, I go for the blend!)

This is going to go pretty fast, so keep up!

Chop salad

and it into a bowl.

sprinkle salad with garlic salt

I like the kind that has parsley flakes in it. Who knows why. My brain is convinced it tastes better I guess. Now spoon in the quinoa. Or just drop it on the top. Whatever works for you. I’m using some of the leftover herbed quinoa I had made.

Now,throw in chicken and avocado… well maybe not throw. Toss in the chicken and avocado. Eh, you get the point.

Drizzle in olive oil (I like to use garlic infused olive oil. FANCY!) and balsamic vinegar.

and sprinkle over the CHEESE!!!

You don’t have to use olive oil and vinegar as your dressing… but try it at least once.  It’s worth it!

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Herbed Quinoa

This is a great side dish which flavor is reminiscent of rice pilaf and couscous mixed. High in protein, it is a great alternative to pasta or grain, and it tastes really good! It’s also super simple to make.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rinsed quinoa
  • 1-1/2 cup chicken or veggie broth
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp dried parsley flakes
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced or pushed through a garlic press
  • 1 tsp onion powder

Put all ingredients into a pot,

and bring to a boil.

Cover and bring heat to low to simmer ingredients. Simmer for about 10 -15 minutes.  Turn off heat but keep covered for 5 more minutes.

Then just stir and serve!

Quinoa is so versatile, that almost anything can be added to it.  After cooked, you can stir in sauteed sherried mushrooms, fresh spinach, green onion,  parmesan or romano cheese, pine nuts, or pears and walnuts.  Or you can add any veggie while bringing to a boil to cook with the quinoa. So many choices…!

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