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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Quinoa Spring Salad & Molasses Baked Beans

This is the second recipe I made from Dreena Burton's cookbook, Vive Le Vegan! Here I am all set up just like on the cooking channel ready to toss the Quinoa Spring Salad together. Starting at 1 o'clock, you see: cucumber, Simple Cider Vinaigrette, pistachios, green onion, peas, quinoa, and in the center red bell peppers. I didn't have hemp seed nuts or the spices on hand this time around. Hubby would have liked for the spices to be added. For me, I thought the vinaigrette was a perfect amount of flavor to enhance the ingredients.

Ta DAH! Here is the finished salad. I had to eat a spoonful right away to sample it and make sure that it wasn't poison (a little family joke) and then another & another - I couldn't stop sampling it. Such a scrumptious salad! This is the first time I've cooked with or eaten quinoa, and I'm already hooked. I love the nutty flavor, and can't wait to try other recipes using this grain.

Here is the first recipe I made from Vive. I was planning on making this all week and had all the ingredients on hand...or so I thought. I was surprised that we were out of ketchup - so I substituted a 6 oz. can of tomato paste. Here it is just before putting in the oven. This is my largest casserole dish with a lid and just look how close to the top it is! So I placed an old cookie sheet beneath it to catch any spills, and I'm glad I did! Blackstrap molasses can make for a stubborn clean-up.

Here are the baked beans all cooked and transferred to a clean dish. These baked beans are more than delicious, they are aromatheraputic. My house smells absolutely delicious. I can tell that I'm going to really love this cookbook and just today, Everyday Vegan arrived in the mail.


Blogger EatPeacePlease said...

Vicki, this is amazing. I have always wanted to make that Spring Salad (and I don't know why I haven't yet) and this is so appetizing.

Glad to hear you are hooked on quinoa already. What about your family? It's the best grain because it has complete proteins (unlike any other grain alone), and is versatile.

This is a wonderful post, good for you!

10:06 AM  
Blogger Cinda RaeO said...

MMMMMMMM! Those baked beans are looking soooooooooooo YUMMY!!! Did Art LOVE them???!!!

5:37 PM  
Blogger KleoPatra said...

Me laughing, re:

"I had to eat a spoonful right away to sample it and make sure that it wasn't poison (a little family joke) and then another & another - I couldn't stop sampling it."

Too familiar, too familiar, all of that sentence!!

This looks tasty! WOW! Thanks for the informative post.

10:51 PM  
Blogger Harmonia said...

These pics are great! Looks like I have a lot of catching up to do. I posted about some more teas when you have a chance.

Thanks for your nice comment last week!

7:05 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

yummy! i loooooovve quinoa! even if hubby still calls it "ken-noah" lol.

i think, for our birthdays, we should post about the special bday food we had (pictures optional), and of course, about the CAKE!!!! me and the kiddos will be making a yummy carrot cake w/ coconut icing from vegan with a vengeance (hubby would do it, but well, he's useless when it comes to baking!). but that's okay, i love to cook and baking cakes is super fun.

do you have any other ideas?

12:39 PM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Hi Leslie: You said, "Glad to hear you are hooked on quinoa already. What about your family?" Abi ate some, Art likes it OK, and it's not surprising that Liv wouldn't try it. I have been spotted in the kitchen raiding the refrigerator for bites of the salad & plain.

Hi Cinda: Did Art LOVE them???!!! Yes, Art really liked the baked beans. Last night we had "chili dogs" with the baked beans topping tofu pup hot dogs. Second day is even better, and we added some ketchup...

Hi Kleopatra: Great to see you. Yes, we keep the poison control in check here!

Hi Harmonia: Really happy to see you, and I'll be right over to check on your tea.

Hi Michelle: Yes, yes -- definately some cake talk & pictures will be in order for our birthday bash. And you already have yours picked out...I love coconut. I haven't made my final choice on the cake yet, but I'm leaning toward raspberry frosted cake with chocolate cream center from Vive Le Vegan! Dreena had/has a picture of it on her blog. It's been torturing me.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

i KNOW! it was a toss up for me... the one from vive or the one from vwav.. there's a pic of the coconut one in that book, i saw it, drooled, and declared it my birthday cake ;)

i think i'll make the one from vive for hubby's bday (in june, so we don't have to wait that long!)

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