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i have become a fan of the grain salad as of late. while trying to explore new places for lunch, when working at warner brothers on ‘pretty little liars‘, and too lazy to bring my own, i discovered olive + thyme. it is just close enough to pick up an to go order, or sit and eat if i want to relax. well, one day i strayed from my usual beet and arugula salad, and chose the quinoa and corn. it was so refreshing and perfect for summer i needed to make it at home. so damn easy.

tonight i when i got home, and knew the only thing doing pretty well in our ltl community garden has been the basil, thought maybe i could do a spin off of the quinoa + corn salad?

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this is what i came up with:

  • quinoa (1 cup dry makes about 3 cups cooked)
  • basil (7-10 large leaves, 1/4 cup once minced)
  • peas (1 cup)
  • feta (1-2 ounces chopped small)
  • red onion (3 tbsp)
  • green onion (1/4 cup)
  • lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • lime juice (2 limes)
  • olive oil (1/4 cup)
  • salt (1/2 tbsp)

i did this all to taste. i started with 1 cup dry quinoa, cooked it, chilled it (or just bring it to room temp), and went from there. parenthesis are meant to be approximations. switch things up a bit. mint for basil. corn for peas. try apple cider vinegar instead of citrus? i don’t care.

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just please enjoy summer!

note: the next day, the citrus seemed to have soaked in and be a bit overpowering, so i may reduce that in the future.

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i have been working a lot lately, and although there is way too much food provided for us, it just isn’t that healthy all the time. also, we are basically on our own for lunch, so rather than spending at least $10 a day going to the warner brothers commissary, or a nearby restaurant like chipotle, i have been trying to bring my lunch. for tomorrow, i merged a bit of extra pre-cooked chicken and peas that were leftover extras from a pot pie i made last weekend, with some fresh green onions, peppers and lime that i picked up at the farmers market, added a bit of ‘below the border’ spices, olive oil and a touch of white wine vinegar.

ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup orzo (dry), cooked and rinsed cold
  • 1 cup chicken, cooked, cooled and cubed small
  • 1 cup fresh peas, blanched
  • 1/4  cup red pepper, diced small
  • 1/2 jalapeño, minced
  • 4 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 lime, juiced

to taste:

  • olive oil (1 tbsp?)
  • white wine vinegar (a splash)
  • cumin (lots)
  • chili powder (1 tsp?)
  • s+p

mix all the ingredients together, and then to your own taste add the olive oil, vinegar, cumin, chili powder and s+p.

at least i know one of my meals will be healthy, and made with mostly organic, local and fresh ingredients. for breakfast, i can only hope they don’t tempt me with ‘crack’ bacon.

makes 2 servings, or about 2.5 cups. approximately 400 calories per serving.

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