Quinoa Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, Bell Pepper & Pine Nuts

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Quinoa is an ancient grain from the Andean region of South American, including Peru.  While my husband and I were in Peru last month we actually didn’t eat any quinoa – our guide for the Choquequirao trek said that most of the quinoa is exported out of the country and what remains is expensive.  While at home in Colorado we eat a lot of quinoa, mainly in salads because it’s not so great on its own.  This is a quick and easy salad, perfect for those warm nights.

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Serves 4-6

time: roughly 40 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked quinoa, cooked per package directions

cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

1/2  orange bell pepper, sliced in bite-size pieces

1/2 red bell pepper, sliced in bite-size pieces

green onion, sliced thinly

cucumber, peeled and sliced in bite-size pieces

kalamata olives, sliced in half

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

black pepper

kosher salt

feta cheese

pine nuts

 

Directions:

1) Cook the quinoa according to the package instructions – remove from heat and let cool.

2) After washing the vegetables cut them and set aside on the cutting board.   Slice the kalamata olives in half.

3) In a serving bowl combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, black pepper and salt.  Stir, and add additional olive oil, balsamic vinegar, black pepper or salt if needed.

4) Toast the pine nuts to a golden brown.

5) Add the quinoa and vegetables to the olive oil and balsamic vinegar mixture and stir well to combine.

6) Top with the toasted pine nuts and feta cheese (if you won’t be eating all of the quinoa salad just add the pine nuts and feta cheese to each plate).

 

 

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Spiced Shrimp with Lime Cilantro Rice & Strawberry Mango Salsa Tortilla Bowls

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It is summer!  That means we have fresh fruits and veggies like avocados, strawberries and mangoes!  I absolutely love it!  This is the first time that I have made tortilla bowls, and they are pretty cool (not to mention super easy!).

 

Serves 4

Spiced Shrimp:

1 pound uncooked shrimp, peeled

4 tablespoons olive oil

5 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon smoked paprika
Lime Cilantro Rice:
1 cup uncooked basmati rice
2 cups coconut water
1/2 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
1 lime, squeezed
pinch of salt
Spicy Strawberry & Mango Salsa:
3/4 container fresh strawberries, chopped into pinky nail pieces
1 mango, peeled and chopped into bite sized pieces
1/2 jalapeno (or more / less depending on your spice level), finely chopped
1/4 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
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Bowl toppings & Tortillas:
Flour tortillas, one per person
1/2 bag of frozen corn, thawed
olive oil
1 can black beans
1 avocado
Mexican crema
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Directions:
1) Peel the shrimp. Combine the ingredients for the shrimp.  Stir the shrimp to coat.  Let sit until all other items for the bowl are ready to go.
2) Cook the rice with the coconut water and salt.  Chop the cilantro, set aside.
3) Chop and stir all of the ingredients for the spicy strawberry & mango salsa together in a bowl and set aside.
4) Heat your over to 400 degrees.  Get 4 oven safe bowls, turn upside down on a cookie sheet.  Heat the flour tortillas in the microwave for 30 – 60 seconds until soft, then drape over the oven safe bowls and press against the bowls.  Bake for roughly 10 minutes until they are hard and lightly brown.  Remove from the oven and set aside.
5) Heat a skillet to medium-high, place the corn in the skilled with a bit of olive oil and brown.  Set aside.
6) Heat the black bean until they are warm, once warm keep on low until ready to serve.
7) Once the rice has finished cooking, stir in the chopped cilantro and squeeze in the lime.
8) Slice the avacado.
9) When all of the items for the tortilla bowls are ready, cook the shrimp and sauce on medium-high heat until cooked.  Layer all of the ingredients into the tortilla bowls and drizzle with the Mexican crema – enjoy!  I know you will because they are supper tasty and refreshing!

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Corn, Chorizo, and Shrimp Salad

This is a pretty amazing salad.  One that is a total crowd please and is totally easy to prepare (I like that!!).

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prep time: approximately 15-60  minutes

cooking time: approximately 20 minutes

Ingredients:

4 ears of fresh corn or 3 cans of corn, drained

1 pound raw shrimp, peeled

1 package Spanish chorizo sausage

2 bunches green onions, chopped

handful basil leaves, chopped

handful red cherry tomatoes (or regular tomatoes sliced)

handful yellow cherry tomatoes

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons Sriracha

2 teaspoons grated lemon rind

juice from 1 lemon

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

1. If you are using fresh ears of corn, peel and boil for 60 minutes, then slice the corn kernels off.  Otherwise open the cans of corn and drain.

2. Add the peeled shrimp into a pan of boiling water and cook for 5-7 minutes, until they turn pink.  Drain.

3. Cook the chorizo sausage.  Drain.

4. Slice, chop, mince, grate all needed ingredients.

5.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir well, taste and add any additional seasonings.  Keep chilled and serve chilled.

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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Fruit pies equal summer in my book, and especially strawberry rhubarb.  It was a treat when I was a kid to have a strawberry rhubarb pie from Marie Calendar’s – now that I love to bake I just make them myself!  They are super easy to make and don’t require too many ingredients.

2 containers of strawberries

4 stalks of rhubarbs

2 tablespoons minute Tapioca

1 teaspoon Ball Fruit-Fresh Produce Protector

2 sheets of crust

1 egg, beaten

Directions:

1. Wash and de-stem the strawberries then slice, slice the rhubarb into chunks, place both into a bowl.

2. Stir the minute Tapioca and the produce protector into the strawberries and rhubarb.

3. Place one sheet of crust onto the bottom of a pie pan allowing the edges to hang over slightly; pour the pie mixture on top of the crust.  Gently place the top crust over the pie mixture and pinch the top and bottom layers of crust together.

4. Cut slits into the center of the crust and then brush the beaten egg over the entire crust.

5. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 60 minutes until golden brown.  Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!

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