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Quick Quinoa Salad

I’ve been thinking. Yes, sometimes I do get a moment of mental clarity to actually sort our my thoughts. Usually is occurs around the time I am closing my eyes to go to sleep, mind still racing, small chubby cheek pressed up against my breast, a tangle of arms and legs below the blanket and not a pen or pad of paper anywhere in reach. These are the times I treasure though, when I can just think.

Sometimes it’s about the past and things I’ve done, and thinking of ways I might have been able to do them differently and wondering what the outcome would have been. But mostly I think about the future and what I’m going to do. About the dream we have to buy a boat, and travel down the west cost with our growing family until we hit the Panama Canal, eating our way through different cultures and writing about it. Then turning tail and heading up the East Coast to do the same thing there, stopping in the Caribbean for awhile and seeing where the tide takes us. Since our plan is to homeschool our children, the learning potentials are awesome and I can’t imagine what the experience would be like for them.

I think about this dream a lot. I try to keep it in the forefront of my mind, because if I’m always remembering that I have this dream, then I am always going to be working towards it in everything I do. Dreams are important for our wellbeing as healthy minded adults. Without goals where would we be?

I have another goal I want to tell you about. I want another tattoo.

That wasn’t what you were expecting was it?

I already have a tattoo, but it has less meaning to me now than it used to when I designed it. What I want now is a symbol of my life as it stands this minute. Something to remind me of my creativity and to not forget my passions. I want something like this:


From Google images

and this:

Photo by cheddarfish

Just some ideas for right now…I like to mull tattoos over for a long time before I go through with it. They are very permanent and it does hurt to get one done. I’m no wussy when it comes to needles, but after an hour or so of bone jarring vibrations on your body, you start to take notice.

What I really wanted you to take away from this post is that all of your dreams and goals are possible, as long as you don’t let them go. Keeping things in the forefront of your mind not only reminds you to continue working towards it but it creates a feeling of being only an arm’s length away. Write them down, look at them everyday and you’ll always remember what it is you really want in life. Even simple things, like “I will go camping every year in June” can be a goal. Whatever your dreams are, never let them go.

What does that have to do with quinoa salad? Not much really. I just really like quinoa, and limes, and avocado. So there ya go…

Quick Quinoa Salad

Yield: 6 Side dish sized servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups water
large pinch of salt
1 tsp butter or vegeatable oil (as a vegan option)
1/2 tsp cumin

2 tomatoes, diced
100g feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup cilantro, minced
1/4 vildalia onion, minced
4 green onions, chopped
1 avocado, diced
1/8 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
juice of 3 key limes or one regular lime
1/2 tsp cumin

1. Rinse and drain quinoa three times before beginning to remove the saponins that can make quinoa a bit bitter.
2. In a medium saucepan, bring quinoa, water, salt, butter and cumin to a boil. Lower to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.
3. Remove from heat and allow to stand covered for five minutes.
4. Uncover, fluff with a fork and place in refrigerator, stirring every 10 or 15 minutes until cool.
5. Mix remaining ingredients into cold quinoa and serve.

Similarly delicious recipes on other blogs:

Lemon-Scented Quinoa Salad on 101 Cookbooks
International Quinoa Salad on Fat Free Vegan Kitchen
Curried Quinoa Salad on Wasabimon
Jaune Flammé Tomatoes and Quinoa Salad on White on Rice Couple
Quinoa Salad with Arugula, Asparagus & Avocado on Cooking with Amy

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