Chili Roasted Sweet Potato + Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Chili Roasted Sweet Potato + Black Bean Quinoa Salad with a creamy Cilantro-Avocado Dressing [vegan + gluten-free]

So you guys....are you feeling the Cinco de Mayo vibes or what? I’m on a major Mexican/Southwestern kick and it’s not stopping until Tuesday. Last week it was the round up, today it’s this sweet potato + black bean quinoa salad and Tuesday is going to be Margarita Green Smoothies.  So pretty please just indulge me...if only for the next few days! Today though? It’s all about this salad. With … [Read more...]

Spring Pesto Quinoa Bowls

Spring Pesto Quinoa Bowl made with fresh, seasonal produce and tossed in a healthy homemade pesto sauce

Pesto. Pesto. PESTO. One of my all time favorite condiments/sauces in the entire world. And it's totally the star of these spring pesto quinoa bowls. I think what I love most about pesto, aside from the wonderful flavor and vibrant green color, is how easy it is to make at home. It's one of those things that I think a lot of people end up buying at the grocery store out of convenience (like … [Read more...]

Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Quinoa Salad - only 5 ingredients, gluten-free + vegan too!

So I totally got sick on Sunday and have been on the mend ever since. Ugh. Major, major ugh. And it really ticks me off because I work so hard to keep my immune system in tip-top shape - loading my body with healing foods, taking daily supplements (including echinacea when I feel even the slightest tickle in my throat) and drinking my green juice and smoothies. Guess it was my body’s way of … [Read more...]

Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad

Clean Eating Peanut Thai Quinoa Salad with crunchy veggies and a cream dressing

Visiting Thailand has always been a dream of mine. There’s just something about the country that I feel drawn to. Perhaps it’s because they call it “The Land of Smiles”, or maybe it’s the fact that you can ride elephants, or the fact that it has some of the world’s most stunning beaches, OR the fact that I’m simply obsessed with Thai food. And the list goes on... But while I can’t necessarily … [Read more...]

21 Quinoa Salad Recipes to Try This Spring

Spicy Carrot Quinoa Tabbouleh AND twenty other fabulous quinoa recipes you should be enjoying this spring

Happy Spring! Today is the first day of spring and all I can say is wow, we made it. Finally. Every year I count down the days until I can say that winter is officially over. This year it started around February 1st, so it's been a long six weeks of waiting. We've had a few teaser days sprinkled in, but for the most part, I'm still wearing my winter jacket, walking around with my fur hood … [Read more...]

Green Goddess Black Quinoa Salad

Green Goddess Black Quinoa Salad with a creamy vegan dressing

BLACK QUINOA. Have you heard of it? Do you like it? Doesn’t it look (and sound) crazy? It’s hard to believe, but this is the first time I’ve ever shared a recipe using black quinoa on the blog. I’ve been blogging for almost 4 years and yet still black quinoa has never made an appearance (say whaaat!?). I know it’s not a new product, but I like to think of it as something more on the … [Read more...]

Asian Kale Quinoa Salad

Make this Asian Kale Quinoa Salad for dinner - you won't regret it! It's easy, healthy and delicious!

It’s all about kale salads up in this house apartment these days. What started as an experiment has quickly become an everyday kind of thing. As in, yes, we’re having kale salad for dinner again tonight - sorry, Matt. It is kind of his fault though... After the Christmas holidays, Matt came home from Colorado raving about kale salad. He said he ate kale salad everyday while he was out … [Read more...]

Warm Lentil + Mushroom Quinoa Bowls

A warm and comforting QUINOA BOWL with hearty French Lentils and flavor packed mushrooms. All topped with a perfect fried egg on top!

Okay, first things first: are quinoa bowls not delicious with a fried egg on top? Gah, everything is better with a fried egg on top!  But in all honestly, I’m having a major moment here. A moment that I wish would just stand still and never end. Because as I’m typing this I literally am pausing after each word to take a bite of this quinoa bowl. Yes, I’m eating it right now and yes, it is … [Read more...]

Smashed Chickpea Salad with Vegan Caesar Dressing


Remember back in August, when the weather was warm and the sun was shining, I shared my healthy spin on a potato-free potato salad? It was a smashed chickpea salad which could easily (and hopefully) replace that potato salad that someone in the group inevitably brings to a cookout.  You know, that creamy, mayo-y salad that is totally delicious and totally not that great for you?  Well I’ve … [Read more...]

My Simply Quinoa Lunch Bowl


Even though I've been working from home for two years now, and you would think that means I have all the time in the world to prepare a fabulous lunch, I still feel pressed for time. Lately, I have been spending my days recipe testing and my to do list is usually a mile long, so I don't really have the energy to fix up something that takes real effort in the kitchen. I'm so much more about … [Read more...]