I finally have a new recipe for you! I’ve been such a slacker in the recipe development department, but you understand don’t you? Yesterday I was determined to not only make something new, but to also not spend $200 at the food store.
I’ve said before how I’m a food hoarder and I’ll say it again. After going through my pantry last week and trying to get some organization to it, I realized I just need to stop buying pantry foods until I get it cleaned out. I also have no appetite for beans at ALL (except lentils) and I’ve got PLENTY of grains so I made a plan. Yesterday was just for fresh produce & meat/fish. I buy mostly organic produce, wild fish & organic meat, so I still spent $100, but I felt like I got a good amount (confession: I also had a credit from TJ’s for returning some items). My goal is to cut our food budget to save more money. We’ve been going out to eat/getting take out 1-2 times a week, which we’ll probably stay with.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress at the food store. (Note: we do spend a lot at the food store, but it’s not that much when you break it down to breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for 2 people, which is about 40 meals a week.)
When I got home from the food store I went to work right on a quinoa salad. I usually make my own salad dressing but I tend to just make the same balsamic or red wine vinegar over and over again. Yesterday was different. I knew I wanted something creamier.
[print_this]Tri Color Goddess Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup dry quinoa, cooked according to directions (I used tricolor, but any kind will do)
- 10 grape tomatoes, cut in half
- 1 cup lentils (I used TJ’s precooked, but can also use chickpeas or black beans)
- 1/3 cup feta
- 8-10 black olives, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, sliced very thinly (or chopped)
Tahini Goddess Dressing
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 heaping tbsp tahini
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 tsp dried basil
- pinch of sea salt
Combine all ingredients in a blender, food processor or using an immersion blender. [/print_this]
This was delicious. Danny took it for lunch today and he’s not even truly a quinoa lover.
I’m off to enjoy another gorgeous run….when my new Brooks decide to get here!
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Have a great day!
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