Anywho...Today has been one of those days where things just didn't go right. One of my students broke her arm at recess, a planned 5 mile run turned into the complete lack of a run, I realized that I STILL haven't printed invites for the kids' 2nd/5th birthday party when their birthdays are one month away, the grill ran out of gas as we were preparing dinner, and on and on and on. Every have one of THOSE days? The combination of these events (and more) was turning me into a grumpy, moody, b.
And then I started chopping up the veggies for this quinoa salad to go along with the hanger steaks I'd marinated all day. Something about the colors just made me so happy.
|Dressing whisked with red onion, cucumber, kalamata olives|
As I kept chopping and adding to the bowl, I was more and more cheered.
|With tomatoes and green pepper added|
|The people at A-1 should really have paid me for this adorable ad.|
|A close up on the dinner - Hanger Steak and Asparagus with the Quinoa Goodness|
B's Milk. Yuck.
|Like a fat kid loves cake|
|Passionate about her quinoa stubble|
**There is no reason to stick to this recipe exactly. Adjust according to taste. It makes A LOT as written.
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano (I think. I didn't actually measure it because at this point, I didn't know I was going to blog this recipe.)
- 2-3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Again with the lack of measuring)
- Juice of 3 lemons
- Red Onion, diced small (1/2 is probably enough)
- 1 English Cucumber, diced small
- 1 jar Kalamata Olives, cut in half - I used these from Trader Joe's
- Cherry or Grape Tomatoes, halved or quartered - I used these
- 2 green peppers, diced small
- 8 oz. (or more or less to taste) feta cheese, crumbled
- 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed (I used 1/2 cup of red quinoa and 1 cup of white quinoa)
- 3 cups vegetable broth (This is what I had on hand. Chicken broth or just water would work, too.)
- Bring broth to a boil. Add quinoa and return to a boil. Cover and simmer on low for 20-25 minutes, or until the water is absorbed.
- Add garlic, oregano, lemon juice and olive oil to large bowl and whisk together.
- Add veggies and mix well.
- When quinoa is finished, add it to the bowl. Now it's decision time. Do you want to serve this warm or cold? It's great both ways.
- If serving warm, add feta and serve.
- If serving cold, put in refrigerator until ready to serve, or at least until B gets back with the gas for the grill. Just before serving, add feta.