Monday, September 14, 2015

California Quinoa Salad

This is an interesting combination I was curious to try because it has received great reviews.  It is a copycat recipe from Whole Foods.  I am glad I tried it, it is really good.  This makes a large portion, consider making 1/2 a batch the first time to make sure you like it :) -Kristin

2 cups quinoa, cooked according to directions
1 package frozen mango, thawed (or 2-4 diced fresh mangos)
1/2 large red onion, diced
1 medium red pepper, diced
1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
1-2 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
3/4 - 1 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1 - 1 1/2 cup raisins
2-3 cups frozen edamame, thawed
Juice of 4-5 limes
3-4 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • When quinoa finishes cooking, fluff with fork and cool completely.
  • Then add all ingredients together.
  • Enjoy cold.

Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites

These are a perfect, little, pumpkin pie tasting treat!  Quick to make and oh so good.  I got this recipe from Paleo Grubs. -Kristin

1 cup pitted Medjool dates, soak in water for 10 minutes
1/2 cup pecans
1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons vanilla (optional)
pinch of salt

  • Begin by placing pecans in a food processor and pulse till they are a finely ground.
  • Add remaining ingredients and pulse till smooth.
  • Roll into balls and place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.