16 July, 2012

Corn and Poblano Quinoa Salad

Simple Tip:
If the radar shows rain showers in the area, immediately head to your local farmers market.
Crowds will be slim and farmers will be practically paying you to take their produce.
My recent rainy day haul included:
12 Serrano peppers, 6 poblano peppers,
3 bell peppers, 6 ears of corn,
3 tomatoes, 2 eggplants,
1 spaghetti squash
1 butternut squash
Grand Total = $10

Now I know this seems like a random hefty haul and a dish doesn't just come to mind but that is what makes it stressful fun. The first dish that emerged is a corn and poblano quinoa salad that initially sounds like a snooze fest but turned into what I might consider my new "go to" quinoa salad. This salad can be served warm or made ahead and served at room temperature making it a great potluck dish.  Add black beans and you got yourself a healthy protein packed lunch.
Corn and Poblano Quinoa Salad
Serves 6-8 as a side dish
3 ears of corn, cut off cob
3 small poblano, diced
1/2 white onion, chopped
3-4 tbsp olive oil
1 cup quinoa, cooked
salt, pepper, cumin, cilantro (to taste)*
Combine corn, poblano, and onion in a baking dish with olive oil and cook for 20-30 minutes on 350 degrees. Add vegetables to cooked quinoa with salt, pepper, cumin and cilantro to taste. *My taste ended with about 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp cumin and 1/4 cup chopped cilantro.

12 July, 2012

Dance: Two years of Simple Plates

A few years ago I decided to celebrate birthdays by stepping out of my comfort zone. Two years ago I started this blog on my birthday. One year ago I moved across country so everything was uncomfortable. And this year I chose Zumba.  Zumba is a fitness class that involves dance moves and the ability to make a normally confident person feel awkward. Zumba is also a fitness class that taught me a couple life lessons:

When you miss a step, improvise until you can catch up.
If you try something that makes you smile and laugh and sweat;  do that something again.

Here are a few favorites from SP year two with promises of more to come:
Best Holiday or Group Recipe: Cauliflower Mac & Cheese
Most searched on Google: Creative Leftovers
Family Favorite: Grilled Pork Chops
My Favorite: Stuffed Peppers
Best Picture: Mango Salsa

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