I am back from a lovely vacation over Labor Day weekend to Northern California; it was a ton of fun, especially the Monterey Bay Aquarium. If you ever get a chance to go, it is a really cool aquarium and I highly recommend it. I hope everyone else had a nice vacation, or at least got to relax a bit.
Now on to the recipe for the week! I thought to get back into the swing of things, I would do an amazing healthy vegetarian side dish, Confetti Quinoa. Basically it is a quinoa made with a ton of colorful diced veggies. You can use anything you like in there. The most important part is to make it look good. Red bell peppers and carrots add a lot of color and a nice flavor. Leafy greens also work great; I used really deep green bok choi, but kale or chard would work great. Just have some fun and it should look and taste amazing when you are done. Best of all, it is amazingly good for you with tons of fiber and protein.
1 large or 2 small carrots, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
½ onion, diced
2 baby bok choi, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1 c quinoa
2 c vegetable broth
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1) In a medium pot, heat 1 tsp oil.
2) Add all the diced veggies, garlic and salt to the pot, and sauté for 5 minutes until tender.
3) Add the remainder of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
4) Reduce to a simmer, and cook until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, stirring occasionally. It should take about 30 minutes.
5) Serve and Enjoy!