Monthly Archives: June 2015

Quinoa Tabbouleh in Lettuce Cups

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Quinoa Tabbouleh Lettuce Cups

Quinoa Tabbouleh Lettuce Cups

This is a simply delicious way to add a tangy antioxidant punch to a Summer BBQ. Parsley and tomatoes are loaded with antioxidants and fiber. Lemon gives you a burst of tangy Vitamin C and quinoa provides a complete vegan protein source. I’m taking these to http://www.FiestaFriday.net where you can find new and exciting recipes every Friday.

Quinoa Tabbouleh Lettuce Cups

Ingredients

1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup water or vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2-4 tablespoons lemon juice, juice of 1-2 lemons to taste
1 bunch curly parsley, chopped
1 small tomato, chopped
1 cup chopped cucumber
Iceberg or butter lettuce cups for serving, optional.

Directions
Rinse and drain quinoa. Combine with water or broth, salt if using water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes until water is mostly absorbed. Drain and let cool. Combine quinoa with remaining ingredients and toss. Adjust seasonings. I like my parsley salad to be very tangy with bold lemon flavor. I served these in small lettuce cups for a bright fresh appetizer while waiting on the grilled chicken.
Add chickpeas, feta for protein or serve with grilled chicken or fish as a side dish.

Faith Shaken

Friday Fictioneers
Photo credit @Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Faith Shaken

Kneeling in deference to the rituals of her youth, “Holy Mary Mother of God,” she prayed, stumbling over the words, searching for a faith that had long eluded her, “surely You, must understand?” The ceiling fan in the hospital chapel rattled in an off-balance cadence; tilting on its axis, much like the grieving mother. No whispered answers, no shroud of peace, no closer to understanding; she rose from the bench and returned to the ICU. Alone with her decision, she nodded yes, it was time to let go. The machinery stopped.

In the silence that followed, her child reached the light, a guiding Mother’s hand ensuring safe passage.

You can find more flash fiction here.
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Grilled Cheese Anyone?

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Halloumi cheese is a firm sheep cheese that has a tangy, salty taste like feta with a sheepy flavor. It holds its shape while grilling and even browns well. Trader Joes carries it sometimes and it’s worth seeking out.

I grilled the cheese slices until browned and served them over micro greens and kale with black berries and ripe peaches. I topped the salad with balsamic glaze for a delicious vegetarian main meal salad. If you eat bread then I think a big chunk of crusty bread with a drizzled of olive oil would make this salad sing. A crisp French Sauvignon Blanc or a California Fume Blanc would pair well. I served my salad with Pellegrino with a lime wedge.
I’m taking my salad to Fiesta Friday. Stop by the virtual party for great recipe ideas to try this weekend. You can find more recipes http://www.FiestaFriday.net

Savor every bite.
 

 

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