So, I stepped on it....
I've gained 4 pounds since I started blogging about food and good places to eat (and, of course, the "hurricane cookies" didn't help either). I have to take a break!!! All that blogging has made me gain weight! <grin> All I have been thinking about is food and where to eat next. I think I'm going to have to limit myself. I'm going to look like Jabba the Hut and be broke from eating out! All I can think about is FOOD!
So, today, I made myself a supply of my favorite Quinoa Salad to munch on when I get the overwhelming urge to go out to eat on a daily basis. It's darn tasty. If you haven't had Quinoa before - this is a pretty good way to try it. Since I'm short a restaurant review today, I'll share my recipe instead.
Debbi's Quinoa Salad
Prepare 1 cup of quinoa in 2 cups of water per package directions - fluff with fork and allow to cool completely.
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 cup champagne vinegar (or white wine vinegar if you can't find it)
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
6 packages of Splenda (normally it is 1/4 cup of sugar but all things considered...it's Splenda today)
2 garlic cloves - finely minced
A splash of brine from kalamata olives
Whisk and allow Splenda and salt to dissolve before adding:
1/4 cup EVOO - whisked in
Prepare and set aside while prepping rest of salad
4 green onions - thinly sliced - use whites and greens
1/2 purple onion finely diced
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, quartered and chopped
4 large basil leaves, rolled into a cigar and thinly sliced (chiffonade)
1 cup of kalamata olives - pitted - halved or whole
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
Add grape tomatoes if you desire - I don't eat fresh tomatoes (childhood trauma)
Toss salad ingredients with completely cooled quinoa. Whisk dressing a final time and pour over salad and quinoa mix. I use a plastic container with a tight lid so I can shake the salad to fully coat. Refrigerate for an hour before eating.
It's tart and delicious and after eating French Toast, Bacon, Fried Shrimp, Hush Puppies, Onion Rings, a Breakfast Taco the size of a plate, and 2 of the donuts HEB offered for free if I bought Starbucks Coffee....well....it's GOT to be better for my innards...they needed a break :-)
I'll resume reviews soon!