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Book Club Dishes

April 25, 2014

Gooooood morning! Anybody else happy it’s Friday?

Last night, I had my book club over for dinner and discussion.  It was a small group, but we had a lot of fun talking and sharing stories.  We even discussed the book for a minute or two.

I made a quinoa dish as part of the dinner, and it was a MAJOR hit—lots of requests for the recipe.  It’s a recipe I adapted from one of my vegetarian cookbooks, and it really is delicious.

Quinoa with Corn and Tomatoes

1 cup uncooked quinoa

2 cups water

1/2 tsp. garlic salt

1 cup corn kernels (fresh in the summer, or frozen any other time)

1 pint cherry tomatoes, chopped into halves

1/2 cup chopped cilantro

4 tbsp. olive oil

2 tsp. cumin

juice from 1 lime

1/2 tsp. salt

1 bunch green onions, chopped (white and light green parts)

2-3 avocados, cubed

Directions:
In a pot, combine quinoa, water, and garlic salt and bring to a boil.  Cover and set heat to low, and cook for 15-20 minutes, until water is absorbed.

While quinoa is cooking, place corn, tomatoes, and cilantro in a mixing bowl.  In a skillet, over medium heat, toast the cumin for a few minutes until the smell of the spice is strong.  Add olive oil and lime juice, and remove from heat.  Whisk until it comes together.  Add green onions and stir.  Set aside and allow to cool.

Once quinoa has finished cooking, set aside to cool.  Once the quinoa and dressing have cooled, add both to the corn/tomato mixture, mixing well so that that dressing is distributed.

Just before serving, cube and add the avocado.  Stir well.  Transfer to serving bowl, and enjoy!

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I think the most common complaint that people have about quinoa is that it’s bland—but when you spice it up a bit, it really can be tasty.

Hope you have a great weekend!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2014 7:11 pm

    YUM! Looks so fresh! Super glad its Friday. Enjoy the weekend

  2. April 25, 2014 9:46 pm

    Looks delicious. What was the book?

    • April 26, 2014 3:06 am

      Me Before You– it started out kind of chick-lit-y, but I ended up really liking it!

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