Thursday, July 30, 2009

Day 11 of QW Cleanse: Normal Life

Today is the first day I almost forgot I was doing this program. Not forgot as in "aw screw it" but forgot as in "citrus quinoa salad - of course!"

There really wasn't a moment today where I agonized over a food choice or wanted something "non-approved." Just a normal ol' day. Well, normal sans alcohol, caffeine, gluten, sugar or food that might have had children.

Boring, I know.

Still, I'm always trying to add value... so here's a FABULOUS recipe a friend sent to me. I know this isn't standard recipe format, but I think my way is easier.

Cook 1 cup of quinoa (the white kind, not the red).

While that's simmering, dice up 2 tomatos and maybe 5 scallions (optional) and throw them into a big bowl with one can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas).

Side note: As a kid, I thought that "Garbanzo the Great!" would be a great name for a magician.

Once cooked, dump the quinoa into the bowl with the other stuff.

Next, add the zest and juice of two limes. (Or if you have pure lime juice with nothing added, you can use 3 tablespoons of that.)

Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 cloves garlic, minced (I use the stuff in the tiny jar).

Add seasoning to your taste: cumin, cilantro, parsley, salt and pepper.

Stir. It's good while it's still warm, but just as good cold. I'm going to make it for my next party; it's that good.


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