Guest post: Four reasons celebrating smaller family rituals are every bit as important as celebrating the big ones + quinoa salad recipe.
This is a guest post by Lindsay Ostrom with the blog Pinch of Yum. Lindsay is a former 4th grade teacher turned full-time food blogger with a love for spicy food, noodles, and dark chocolate. In addition to sharing simple and mostly healthy recipes on her blog Lindsay, and her husband Bjork are also co- founders of Food Blogger Pro, a learning community where food bloggers can discover how to grow and monetize their blogs.
Today I’m going to share Part I of a two part series on my go-to Costco shopping list for real food, which will include produce, pantry staples, frozen organic veggies and fruit, organic meat options, and a few other tidbits. But first I am going to give you my short primer on shopping at Costco.
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Have you noticed lately that everyone seems to be avoiding certain foods for one reason or another? Maybe it’s food allergies or intolerance or perhaps just a dietary preference.
I used to think quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) was a rather strange ingredient. And I vowed to never post recipes on this blog that call for strange ingredients. But it seems as though quinoa is becoming more commonplace, and I am certain some of you have a bag of it sitting in your pantry and don’t know what to do with it. I admittedly let our first bag of quinoa just chill for about six months before I worked up enough courage to try something so unusual and different. It’s funny how new ingredients can do that to us. Long story short quinoa is very similar to couscous. You can eat it plain or add all sorts of seasonings and other fresh flavors to it. And we happen to think this recipe below is a real crowd pleaser. It can be eaten as a side with your lunch or dinner or brought along as the perfect addition to a potluck gathering. We also brought this salad camping the other weekend, and it would work great at an outdoor cookout as well. Trust me – you can’t go wrong so just make it, and I promise it will be gone in no time!