Wednesday, May 16, 2012

WIAW #15 & Make It: Spicy Quinoa Salad

Hey guys - welcome back for another week of eats! 




While not everything was a success this week, everything was tasty nonetheless. 

What was supposed to look like this...


...ended up looking like this:


Bahaha epic fail. I followed the directions exactly so I have no idea what the heck happened. Oh well, I'll just hafta give it a try another time. It still tasted okay, so at least it wasn't a waste of ingredients. :)

Breakfast: The mess detailed above; an English muffin, egg white, and cheese sandwich; nectarine

Yeah, it was sort of a big breakfast but I was hungry with a capital H - that morning's Crossfit WOD had kicked my butt.

Lunch: Spicy quinoa salad; balsamic marinated chicken

This salad was SO simple to whip together but very good. One suggestion: double the "dressing" recipe or it might be a tad too dry. It is from the new cookbook The Quintessential Quinoa Cookbook by Wendy Polisi. I rarely buy cookbooks anymore but I'm going to have to make an exception for this one! Color photos of every dish...recipes for everything from breakfast to apps to mains to desserts (!)...nutritional info for each meal...and tips for making each recipe cleaner, vegan, or gluten-free. Anyways, the recipe is below, for anyone hungry!

Dinner: Tomato & cuke salad w/ balsamic; Quinoa Black Bean Soup

Yes, the soup is from the same cookbook. And yes, it looks pretty similar to the above salad. But it was different enough for me to want to make it for dinner! ;) 

Dessert: Graham crackers w/ peanut butter

Enjoy your Wednesday, fellow WIAWers! <3

If you're interested in reading more, check out my latest two posts:



Spicy Quinoa Salad
The Quintessential Quinoa Cookbook by Wendy Polisi


3 cups cooked quinoa (1 cup uncooked)
2 cups corn
1 red pepper, chopped
2 Tb fresh cilantro, chopped [I used more, about 1/4 cup]
2 Tb fresh lime juice
1/2 Tb olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp chipotle chili powder
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp salt

1. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, corn, red pepper, and cilantro.
2. In a small bowl, combine lime juice, olive oil, garlic, chipotle chili powder, smoked paprika, and salt. [As I mentioned above, I doubled the dressing.]
3. Toss dressing with quinoa mixture and serve at room temperature or chilled.

Serves 4
Per serving: 243 calories, 5.2g fat, 43.4g carbohydrates, 5.7g dietary fiber, 8.6g protein

24 comments:

  1. YUM! All of your eats look amazing! I gotta say, those graham crackers with the pb on top are calling my name haha
    Happy WIAW! :)

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  2. Your egg flop is hilarious- that's exactly what mine would have looked like, I am sure of it! But it still sounds delicious. And I love quinoa salad, mmmm.

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    1. Lol I have no clue what went wrong but as long as it was still edible, right? ;)

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  3. We are having a BBQ this weekend and I'm going to make that salad! YUM!

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    1. If you give it a try, let me know how it goes! It is such a forgiving kind of salad - you can really adapt it to your own tastes :)

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  4. that quinoa salad sounds so good! we sell something like that at whole foods :)

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    1. Hehe, probably why it jumped out at me from the cookbook because I love WF's salads!!

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  5. The salad looks Incredible...I can't wait to try it. If you like graham crackers...try them with apple butter. Lordy is it good!

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    1. Ooh, that sounds fabulous - will definitely give it a try! Thanks :)

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  6. I have been quite obsessed with quinoa lately, I will have to try this recipe! Thanks for the idea :)

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    1. You're welcome - I hope that you give it a whirl!

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  7. Oooh yay quinoa salad. My aim is to try to re-cook quinoa - totally failed the first time I did it and I've been looking at salads to try to make. This loooks fantastic!

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    1. Definitely give it another go - quinoa is too good not to! It keeps well in the fridge a few days too (both the salad and just regular cooked quinoa) so its always ready to go :)

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  8. D'awww I hate it when I "fail" at my recipes. The other day I was making biscuits and they turned out looking like cookies... teeny tiny. I don't know what I did wrong! Although they were not what I expected, they were totally unique because of my mistake! I'm glad it still worked out for you :)

    Looks like a tasty day!

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    1. Hehe I totally love that you have a positive outlook on the recipe's shortcomings! Biscuit cookies actually sound pretty great! :)

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  9. haha this strikes me as funny because so many of my pinterest attempts have failed. i'm sure it still tasted yummy though!

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  10. Hehehe, can't help smiling looking at the egg :). At least it tasted okay... I would've just ruined everything :P.

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    1. Why is it that the things that "seem easy enough" always end up botched?! ;)

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  11. LOL nothing I make ever looks like it does on other blogs. I am not blessed with pretty food skills.

    Aside: Where in MA are you from? I'm originally from Lakeville (do you know where that is? haha it was such a small town when I lived there - still is - it's south of Brockton).

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    1. Hehe, I'm not either and yet - for some reason - have a food blog! Go figure lol. And I have heard of Lakeville, but don't think I've been there ever...I'm from Patriots town ;)

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    1. Luckily, it was! ;) Thanks for stopping by!

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