A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Spring is in the Air

It’s that time of year again. The sap is running in the trees, birds are whistling from their perches. And I’m dreamin’ of comin’ home with a suitcase full of Blue Moon Socks That Rock new yarns 😀
Emiily Shmemily Gartered Lace Shawlette
Emily Shmemily Shawlette ripped and re-knitted awaiting to be bathed/blocked
In reality, I’ve been on a cooking roll since Sunday for Mom’s Night Out. Here is my latest quick-fix favorites when nothing seems appetizing.

1/2 Cup Red Quinoa
1 Cup of Chicken Stock of Water
1 pinch Salt
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 Cloves Garlic, minced
1 Small Onion, chopped
1 Cup Crimini Mushrooms, sliced
1 Small Yam or Sweet Potato, peeled and diced
1/4 Teaspoon or less Cayenne Pepper
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/4 Cup Slivered Almonds or chopped nut of your choice
1.5 Cup of Organic Black Beans, cooked, optional (not shown here)
1.5 Cup of Roasted Corn, optional (not shown here)

1. Preheat saucepan over medium heat. Stir in quinoa until a toasty aroma begins in 4 or 5 minutes. Skip this step if you are short on time.
Red Guinoa, Sweet Potatoes & Crimini
2. Add water and a pinch of salt to quinoa. Bring to boil, cover the pan and reduce heat to medium-low to simmer ’til quinoa is tender, about 15-20 minutes. Best to let it sit, covered until all liquid evaporated.
Red Guinoa, Sweet Potatoes & Crimini
3. While quinoa is cooking in the pan, preheat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and onion. Cook ’til onion becomes translucent, about 3-4 minutes.
Red Guinoa, Sweet Potatoes & Crimini
Add mushrooms, yam/potatoes, (beans and corns if used,) cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper to taste.
Red Guinoa, Sweet Potatoes & Crimini
Stir well and cover the skillet. Now, cook in reduced medium-low heat ’til potato is soft, about 15-20 minutes (depending on your altitude,) Stir occasionally and add a splash of water as needed to keep veggies from burning.
Red Guinoa, Sweet Potatoes & Crimini
Add mixtures to quinoa, then sprinkle with nuts of your choice to serve. I skipped the nuts just because I couldn’t find in my cupboard and my son doesn’t care for nuts in general.
Red Guinoa, Sweet Potatoes & Crimini
Happy Spring!
Red Guinoa, Sweet Potatoes & Crimini

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…)


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