This weekend festivities have centered around a “healthy habits” party my friend threw on Saturday night. Some girls got together, exchanged recipes, had at home facials and talked about food and exercise habits. It was a great time and I’m so glad we did it. I brought my quinoa quiche bars while my friends made a rustic tomato and pepper soup, banana bread, apple crisp and protein shakes. I’m excited to try the Green Monkey at home!
While I was making quinoa for the bars, I made some extra because I wanted to try a recipe from IowaGirlEats. She made a Whole Foods inspired quinoa dish with apples, almonds, maple sausage and dried cranberries. When I read this recipe the first time I was drooling at work. I love finding new ways of eating quinoa and this one had Fall Flavors (yum!!) written all over it.
Of course I adapted a couple of things, I just can’t help myself. I don’t usually have green onions, so I omitted those and added some small diced bell peppers instead. Also, I tasted it without any dressing and felt it was a little dry for my taste, so I mixed up a little dressing based on the Whole Food’s ingredient label she so wisely took a picture of. This dish reminded me of making chicken salad, use what you like!
Into a bowl mix:
- 1.5 cups cooked and cooled quinoa
- 3 oz cooked and crumbled sausage (I used turkey patties)
- 1 small apple, diced
- couple strips diced red or green bell peppers and/or green onions or even celery perhaps?
- 2 palm fulls of sliced almonds
- 2 palm fulls of dried fruit (I had a medley of dried raisins, cranberries, and cherries), give them a course chop
- salt and pepper to taste
At this point you could be done, but I wanted a little bit of a dressing for the dish. In the whole food’s variation, there is curry powder, oil, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, honey and orange juice, but I didn’t have most of those on hand. From this list, I knew I wanted something a little sweet and a little acidic.
So into a small bowl, just eyeball it:
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 1 Tbs white wine vinegar
- 1 Tbs apple cider
- drizzle of agave nectar or maple syrup
- tiny pinch of curry powder (go easy)
Taste and adjust as needed, make more if you want it really sauce-y. I love the taste of curry but you don’t want to overpower the other flavors, and you can always add more!
Mix the dressing with the salad and taste. I really like the salad like this, but I loved it EVEN MORE when I microwaved it for 30 seconds! Oh man, the apples get soft, the sausage flavor comes alive and the harshness of the curry melts away. I’m trying to keep this as a week-day snack, but I might just have some on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Enjoy!!