Cherry Pecan Quinoa

I found this recipe over at How Sweet It Is.  I give it a full two thumbs up, everyone commented on how great it was.  I chose not to mention it was super easy!

Here is the recipe: 

1 cup uncooked quinoa

1/2 onion, chopped

2 cups water, stock or liquid of choice (I used water)

1 bulb roasted garlic (I only had minced on hand)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and coarsely chopped (Bashas was out of cherries, so I used dried)

1/3 cup chopped pecans

1-2 ounces crumbled feta cheese

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar, reduced 

Heat a saucepan over medium heat and add olive oil. Once hot, add onions and cook for about 5-6 minutes, until soft and slightly caramelized. Add in quinoa then add in liquid. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 12-15 minutes. While quinoa is cooking, add balsamic vinegar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 3-4 minutes, then remove from heat and allow to thicken.

Remove quinoa from heat and fold in cherries, pecans, roasted garlic, and feta. Drizzle with balsamic or stir it in. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

I like this best served at room temp. 

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Forgot to take a picture last night so this is of the little bit of leftovers. Newbie fail.

The Longest Day

My alarm went off at 6 am this morning.  It was painful because I was up until midnight finishing a book I couldn’t seem to put down, but my phone was set to wake me up via Emeli Sande singing ‘Next to Me’ which is my current lady jam!

I rolled my ass out of bed and did a hill workout.  Running up the hill, walking down 15 times.  It sucked, but I felt good after I was done and finished up with a resistance band arm workout.  These flapping arms of mine have to be in a wedding dress in 154 days so its time to put some work in.

I headed to work around 8:45 only to notice one of my rear windows was half way down.  The motor was kaput and so I had to drop my car off at the shop for the morning to have a little repair work done.

I spent the afternoon running errands for work.  I was at the office working on my upcoming Sunday fundraiser on until 7:30.  It is a little after 8:00 and I still have a dish to make for a potluck meeting tomorrow.

In more exciting news the lady in my office that makes sure we are supplied with diet coke and snacks decided to go healthy this week. Check out this supply!  Cherries, plums, and nectarines…YUM!

ImageI’m off to try out a new recipe for tomorrow’s potluck.  I’ll share it in tomorrow’s post if it is any good.  Perhaps I shouldn’t be trying it out on co-workers!  Wish me luck.

First Post

I can’t imagine that first posts are ever very good.  So let’s just skip all the details!  Looking forward to capturing my experiences and keeping them here on the world wide web.  Tomorrow I will just start blogging like I’ve been doing this for years.  I think it will save us all a lot of pain, and by all I mean me, because lets face it there isn’t going to be soul following the blog for a while!