Thai Vegetable Quinoa with Spicy Peanut Sauce {Gluten Free & Vegan}

Full of veggies and flavor, this Thai Quinoa Bowl is bound to become a staple on your dinner table!

Full of veggies and flavor, this Thai Quinoa Bowl is bound to become a staple on your dinner table!

As I mentioned last week, Brendan and I have been on a bit of a healthy eating kick lately.  While lentils have become a total staple in our kitchen, I can’t neglect my tried and true quinoa.  It may be a bit pricier than the dried beans I buy, it’s just so freaking tasty and versatile!  Last week, we knew we wanted quinoa, but Brendan requested “something different.”  That didn’t really give me a lot to go on, but hey, I’m always up for a challenge. Continue reading

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Vegetable Fried Quinoa {Gluten Free & Vegan Friendly}

This gluten free and vegan friendly fried quinoa is a great spin on the classic fried rice

This gluten free and vegan friendly fried quinoa is a great spin on the classic fried rice

I don’t know about you, but I have a handful of go-to meals.  One of my favorites is fried rice.  I almost always have the ingredients on hand, and it’s the perfect way to use up rice I have leftover from one thing or another.  It comes together quickly and never fails to satisfy.  Yet as much as I adore fried rice, I decided to switch it up a bit by using quinoa this time.  And you know what?  It was awesome!

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Balsamic Roasted Vegetable Quinoa: Vegan

Tri-Colored Quinoa with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Tri-Colored Quinoa with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

When I was in grad school, I studied the principles of the ideal self.  Essentially, each person has both his actual self – the person he is – and his ideal self – the person he would be in a perfect world.  In psychology and communication, this can have all sorts of implications, but for now let’s just focus on the concept.  For example, my ideal self would find nothing more relaxing than curling up with a good book and a cup of hot tea.  My actual self prefers Netflix and red wine.  Similarly, my ideal self would get up early in the morning and go for runs.  My actual self schedules my trips to the gym around Gilmore Girls reruns.  As you can see, there are some discrepancies there.  One place where my ideal self and actual self line up, though, is quinoa.

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