I mean … as good as Abby’s taquitos are … and they are THAT good … how many times a week can you eat them?.
So we’ve decided to challenge ourselves … and the real food recipes we’ve been adding to our personal interest pages.
We’ll be calling it “taste test”, and here’s how it works … we find a real food recipe that looks promising. Make it (with or without modification … we’ll tell you if we make changes). Feed our family. Take a poll (or just see if the littles will eat it and/or want seconds) and tell you how it goes.
And for our first adventure … Lime-Cilantro Quinoa Salad from 100 Days of Real Food
I had a family dinner on Friday that required me to bring a vegetarian salad … one that could be substantial enough for the veggies in attendance to feel like they had a real meal, and light enough for the omnivores who wanted a tasty side dish for their burgers and steak.
The basic ingredients for the salad:
- Quinoa – superfood, high protein, totally substantial and nutritious. (I used organic tricolor quinoa instead of the white that Lisa used.)
- Dried fruit (I used un-sulfered apricots and dried cranberries)
- Pine nuts – for an added crunch
- Bell Pepper (I used a red one and a yellow one because I find the green ones a little over-powering … also I doubled the bell pepper because I doubled the recipe, since I was feeding 14 people)
For the dressing Lisa used a combination of:
- lime juice
- olive oil
- Dijon mustard
I cut back on the amount of dressing because, well, it just seemed a little excessive for my taste. But I gotta tell you … SUCCESS!!! It was a HUGE hit!
The vegetarians LOVED that it was substantial and tasty. The omnivores went back for seconds. And the kiddos were excited to find little bits of dried fruit … it was like a treasure hunt for them. I will definitely make this again and again.