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.
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.
2 c. prepared quinoa
1/2 can chick peas, drained/rinsed
Chopped up tomatoes
2 c. spinach
1 c. packed basil
2 TB. balsamic vinegar
1 TB. olive oil
2-3 cloves garlic finely diced
zest of one small lemon
salt and pepper to taste
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.
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.
After you cut the bacon into bite size pieces, in a large bowl combine quinoa, beans, tomatoes, chopped greens, bacon and dressing.
Lastly, top with Parmesan cheese, cover and place in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.
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.