Part of my relaxing week included a visit to my parents in Tallahassee. They have been very supportive of me and my culinary adventures, and even asked for me to cook a vegan meal for them! My mom is an amazing cook, and since I was only in Tallahassee for 48 hours, cooking a meal was a honor, albeit a little intimidating. I wanted to introduced them to quinoa, and settled on a lovely side dish of quinoa (recipe below). For a main course, I made my Vegan Green Pesto Pizza sans the fake cheese. To my complete surprise, the quinoa was the bigger hit! My dad liked the green pizza, my mom was a REALLY good sport about trying the unusual looking green dish! 🙂
I found this recipe for the Mediterranean Quinoa on Pinterest, from the blog Half Baked Harvest. It is delicious and incredibly easy to make!
1 box of quinoa rice mix (leave out the spice packet)
2 cups sliced grape tomatoes
1 cup spinach, chopped
1/2 cup sliced kalamata olives
1 tbs kalamata olive juice (from the jar of olives!)
2 tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dry oregano
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
Cook the quinoa according to the box. You can also use 1 cup of uncooked quinoa and 2 cups of water to create a quinoa only dish!
The dressing was simple, mix the olive juice, oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper in a small bowl (a prep bowl is perfect for this!) Let it sit, while everything else is being prepared.
Cut up the grape tomatoes, the spinach, and the olives, combine in a large bowl. Add quinoa when ready. Stir in dressing and mix thoroughly. Serve!
My parents loved this dish, and even suggested making it as a cristini topping! The original recipe calls for Feta cheese, for all of you non vegans out there!