Quinoa and Red Chard Saute

Here’s a quick main dish that uses the sweet/savory beautiful beet cousin, Red Chard. This sauteing green is a nutrition dynamo and pairs well with nutty quinoa and warm spices.  I added some carrot and sweet potato to add a bit of extra mellow sweetness and body to this filling dish. This dish comes together…

Asparagus + Chicken + Quinoa = the Beauty of One

I just returned from a multiple city trip to look at colleges for my daughter.  Though we ate fabulous restaurant meals, I found myself longing for fresh, simple food centered on the seasonal produce I find here in the Bay Area.  One of the college students we ate with was a California girl living in…

Quinoa and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

The first Fall squash just arrived in my CSA veggie box — rich flavored, delicious acorn squash.  Yeah!  Each season has its culinary stars, and squash are definitely the stars of Fall.  Another autumnal joy is the new crop of apples in my local market.  I combined sweet-tart apples with protein packed quinoa and walnuts…

Summer Quinoa Saute

Quinoa is a protein-packed, easy to make grain with a rich nutty flavor.  Here’s a quick saute that pairs quinoa with a couple items playing starring roles in my CSA box this season: summer squash, tomato, and bell pepper. In this one dish meal I spice things up with jalapeno and preserved lime.   Feel free…