Gallo Pinto with Quinoa + vacation pics

Gallo Pinto with Quinoa - traditional Costa Rican bean dish using quinoa instead of rice | | gluten-free + vegan

Okay friends, today is all about VACATION PICTURES! And food of course. (how can it not be about food?) You might have read that Matt and I just took a two week trip to Costa Rica. It’s one of my favorite countries in the world - I’ve been there four times (who am I?) - mainly because the people are so welcoming and friendly, the weather is perfect, the landscape and scenery is stunning and the … [Read more...]

5-Minute Quinoa Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Healthy Pesto Zucchini Noodle with Quinoa | | the best weeknight meal EVER! It only takes 5 minutes to make

ZOOOODLES! (read zucchini + noodles = zoodles) smothered in a dreamy vegan pesto sauce. On the menu tonight and ready in 5 minutes. Dinner in 5 minutes? I'll take it. Any day of the week. BUT especially after coming back from a two week vacation with little to no motivation to cook, while also carrying around a few extra pounds (who doesn't after vacay, right?) and craving/needing something … [Read more...]

Vegan Caesar Pasta Salad

Vegan Caesar Pasta Salad - rich, creamy and protein packed it makes the perfect, healthy side dish!

I don’t eat a ton of pasta at home, so I when I do I make sure it’s a little over the top. Not in an unhealthy way, just sort of...indulgent, I guess. Because if I’m going for pasta, it’s going to be satisfying. And this vegan caesar pasta salad? Oh so satisfying! I can’t decide what I love more: the creamy, faux-caesar dressing that makes its way into every little crevice of the … [Read more...]

3-Ingredient Coconut Lime Quinoa

Coconut Lime Quinoa // made with only three ingredients, this dish goes with EVERYTHING!

If you’ve ever been wanting a quinoa recipe that goes with everything, this is it. Seriously. From sweet, to savory. From breakfast, to dinner. It’s just plain perfect. And the best part? It only uses three ingredients! That’s right. THREE. Coconut milk, quinoa and lime. Plain, simple and absolutely amazing. Truth be told, I’ve never really cooked quinoa in coconut milk before. … [Read more...]

Quinoa Summer Rolls with a Thai Peanut Sauce

Quinoa Summer Rolls with a spicy Thai Peanut Sauce [gluten-free + vegan]

With all the restaurants in New York, you’d think a girl would be able to find a decent summer roll. But here’s what I’ve come to find out: they either have them and they’re deep fried - umm...hello those are Spring Rolls! - or they’re FULL of rice noodles. And sure, while the rice noodle ones satisfy in a pinch, they’re basically just rice on rice on rice. Can’t a girl get some veggies up … [Read more...]

Clean Eating Refried Bean Dip

Clean Eating Refried Bean Dip made with five layers of healthy ingredients and 100% gluten-free + vegan too!

While everyone else is filling out brackets, I’ll be sitting on the couch stuffing my face with Mexican dip. What else is new?  Truth is, I’ve never liked basketball. Matt on the other hand? Straight up obsessed, especially when it’s college basketball. So when March Madness hits, it’s goodbye trashy TV shows and hello sweaty men running around on the screen. While there could be worse things … [Read more...]

Buffalo Quinoa Pizza Bites


Living in NYC has it’s challenges when you’re gluten-free. For one, we have amazing bagels. And second, our pizza is awesome. Practically every street you walk down you are surrounded by the smells of these delightful eats. Although I can’t personally vouch for the bagels, nor have I found a suitable gluten-free alternative, we are lucky enough to have some pretty great gluten-free … [Read more...]

Simply Quinoa Loaded Sweet Potatoes


I've never been much of a football fan or even bothered with the Super Bowl game. It's the food and company that I enjoy. It's a great excuse to get together with friends and treat yourself to junky food and drinks. You know, the kind that you only eat at a football party. But in the last few years, my tune about football has changed. I remember in college, going over to a friend's house to … [Read more...]

Christmas Kale Quinoa Salad


Today I’m going to let you in on a little secret. A secret that I just discovered that has really helped me. And I think it might help you too!  First, let me ask you: do you struggle with maintaining your healthy diet during the holidays? I know I do! For me, it’s a constant battle of satisfying my sugar cravings with the latest batch of cookies that I’ve made or drinking a green juice. I know … [Read more...]

Roasted Brussel Sprout Quinoa Salad


This Roasted Brussel Sprout Quinoa Salad recipe was originally shared as a guest post, but I have since updated the recipe and now am including it on Simply Quinoa. Enjoy!  The holiday season is all about thankfulness and giving. It’s a time where we reflect on our lives and share special moments with the ones we love. Much of this time of year is spent around the dinner table, surrounded with … [Read more...]