September 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
What to do with spinach and quinoa that you are bored with and don’t want to eat? You add blue cheese, bacon and sweet dates of course! Now, you and I both know that blue cheese and bacon do not a healthy meal make so I really wasn’t even planning on sharing this. So I’m telling you this as a warning: don’t do what I did kiddos. I remember this day exactly, I had already had pancakes for breakfast so I guess it was really a curse-you-diet kind of day…
First, get a big pot of water going for the quinoa and cook per instructions. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes once done.
Then sautee the spinach. Harmless so far.
Oh, but then here comes the bacon.
And it’s all over with the blue cheese…
I kept the dressing very simple: tbsp balsamic vinegar, tbsp olive oil, tsp honey, tsp dijon mustard
And then mix it all together and toss in some sugary, sweet diced dates, just for the heck of it.
Now don’t say you got it from me–can’t have my name associated with so decadently transforming what could be a healthy lunch.
August 23, 2012 § 3 Comments
This week I inadvertently made a transitional salad. I didn’t realize the combination would have subtle hints of fall to come while still being sweet and peppery enough for August. I used store-bought diced dates so the process was a cinch, just a matter of whipping up the dressing.
Dressing from Gourmet Made Simple:1 shallot minced (unless you are a huge fan of shallots, I would maybe use 1/2) 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp vegetable stock 1 tsp honey
The sweetness of the dates and creaminess of the blue cheese balances the peppery arugala and bite from the shallots for a perfect warm-weather-turning effect.
Something about this combo is just SCREAMING for a flatbread variation…