A party favorite

It could be said that I have a small addiction to Quinoa.  I wouldn’t deny it.

But, it really tastes great in such a variety of dishes. It was a staple at my house during the summer when it was just way too hot to eat anything besides salad. Yes I do love a good goat cheese and spinach salad, but sometimes you want a little more than that, ya know?  Even with the hot, 100 degree days long gone (it’s been at least two weeks!) I am still finding myself craving quinoa salad.

I took this little number to a potluck game night on Saturday and it was a huge hit.  Several people asked me for the recipe, but unfortunately there really isn’t one. This salad is usually comprised of all the things in my fridge that are getting close to their throw away point.  I chop up a bunch of veggies, saturate it in lime juice, stir in some quinoa, and call it a day.  I did try and put together a recipe for it for the sake of the blog, and here is what I came up with.

Quinoa Pico Salad

1 cup Quinoa
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 red onion, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
4 roma tomatoes, chopped
1 can black beans
2 cobs of corn, kernels removed
1 hatch chile pepper, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
2 limes juiced
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cayenne
1 tsp Cumin
Cilantro for garnish

Add water to a sauce pan. Bring water to a boil, add in quinoa and let simmer until water is completely absorbed.

While quinoa is simmering, chop your vegetables.  Add chopped vegetables to a bowl and pour in cooked quinoa.  Add lime juice, salt, and spices.  Adjust spices to taste.  Garnish with cilantro.  If this salad was just for me, I would use about 1/2 cup worth of cilantro in it. However, I know some do not worship the little green herb as much as I do (cilantro, not that other green herb some of you may be thinking of), so use sparingly if taking to a party.

And here are some of my favorite pictures from the aforementioned game night.  We were playing movie charades and the dogs really got involved in guessing.
Brooke did a phenomenal Prancer impression; unfortunately, her team was unable to pinpoint the movie.  
I earned a point with my amazing ability to act out Blackula.  No I have not seen this movie so I went with the “sounds like” trick and acted out Dracula to the best of my ability. Here I am stabbing myself with an imaginary wooden cross. A little bit scary….
And general confusion from one of the teams. Hilarious. 

Brooke mentioned that whenever she sees a movie she makes a mental note about whether or not it would be a good one for movie charades. Our game nights can get pretty competitive so I am definitely going to start using this tactic. Any good suggestions?

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