That One Quinoa Disaster (Guest Post)

14 Mar

This post is by Lynette, who blogs at Life’s Better in Yoga Pants. Even though I am a vegetarian, I love how this recipe features bacon! Hopefully you’ll enjoy the nice change. 🙂

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My fellow SPA sister Becca asked me if I was interested in doing a guest post for her blog. Of course I said yes, or you wouldn’t be reading this right now. Figuring out what to write about took a lot of brainstorming. Since Becca mostly writes about running, I decided to write about food. Obviously because you need to fuel your body in order to go for a run. I based my recipe off of The Diva-Dish’s Tomato Basil Quinoa Salad.

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Ingredients:

2 c. prepared quinoa

1/2 can chick peas, drained/rinsed

Chopped up tomatoes

2 c. spinach

1 c. packed basil

Bacon

Dressing:

2 TB. balsamic vinegar

1 TB. olive oil

2-3 cloves garlic finely diced

zest of one small lemon

salt and pepper to taste

Parmesan cheese

My first task was to cook the quinoa. Simple yet I failed. Apparently the 2 cups of water per 1 cup of quinoa was way too much so it came out extremely watery. I was told by friends using ¾ cups of water is highly recommended. While the quinoa is cooking/settling, mix up the dressing. Stir together the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper.

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According to The Diva-Dish she used a food processor to chop up the spinach and basil. I preferred to just add it the way it is. But if you want to chop, go for it! This is also where I cooked the bacon. Instead of using a frying pan I tried this new thing by placing 2 pieces of bacon on a baking pan, tossing it in the oven, THEN turning it on at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. No oil splashing in my face and it drained a lot of the fat.

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After you cut the bacon into bite size pieces, in a large bowl combine quinoa, beans, tomatoes, chopped greens, bacon and dressing.

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Lastly, top with Parmesan cheese, cover and place in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.

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Since my quinoa was a major fail and I didn’t want to waste the mixture, I ate it on crackers such as wheat thins or Kashi. It was actually pretty great! This recipe I’m sure is 100% fantastic if you don’t have a quinoa fail. It’s great for a meal or snack and this recipe is enough for a couple of days. For more information on me, or if you have any questions, check out my site at LifesBetterInYogaPants.blogspot.com.

Xo,

Lynette

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