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My friend, Jessica, put together a nice little salad based on quinoa (KEEN-wah), a protein-  and fiber-rich grain (or technically, pseudo-grain).  Its flavor is slightly nutty and delicious with fish or anything grilled.

-1 1/2 c. quinoa, steamed with 2-2 1/4 c. water and completely cooled
-1 cucumber, diced
-12-15 grape tomatoes, halved
-1/2 red onion, finely diced
-1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped (or substitute fresh parsley)
-approx. 2 Tbsp. olive oil
-sea/kosher salt and pepper to taste

Fold the vegetables and parsley into the cooled quinoa.  Dress with olive oil (adding more as needed), and season with salt and pepper to taste.  Be careful not to oversalt.

Enjoy!

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I’m not much for salads, which needs to be remedied.  Consider this one a small step toward leafy lovin’:

dressing:
-2 Tbsp. raspberry vinegar
-a dab of raspberry mustard (or a bit of rasp. jam mixed with dijon)
-splash of white/regular balsamic vinegar
-2 tsp. dried thyme (fresh would be even better, use more)
-salt & lots of fresh ground pepper
-shake of seasoned salt
-dash of paprika
-2 Tbsp. honey
-1/3 c. olive oil

salad:
-bunch of washed spinach
-1/2 cucumber, sliced
-1/2 carton (approx. 1/2 pound) of strawberries, hulled and sliced
-1 in. of feta cheese block, cubed, or about 1/3 c. feta crumbles
-1/2 c. raw sliced almonds.
-2 Tbsp. sugar (more…)

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I’m sometimes at a loss for side dishes, especially ones that aren’t starchy and laden with cheese (mmm, cheese).  This is a recipe I came up with after watching the Queen of Butter and Bacon, Paula Deen, make something similar.  Fortunately, it’s relatively light, for anyone with a New Year’s resolution to keep.

-3/4 bag cole slaw mix with carrots (or approx. 3 1/2 cups chopped cabbage and carrot)
-1/2 c. sliced almonds, toasted
-1/2 – 3/4 c. dried cranberries, raisins, or both
-2 stalks celery, chopped
-1 small green apple, cored and chopped
-1 1/2 – 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise (or to taste)
-1 1/2 – 2 Tbsp. sour cream (or to taste, or use all mayo)
-2 Tbsp. honey mustard
-1 tsp. honey, optional
-1 tsp. sugar (or to taste)
-salt and pepper
-splash of milk
-approx 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (or to taste)

Combine the wet ingredients, then fold in the dry, ending with the toasted almonds. Allow to sit 15-20 min., then serve.

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