Saturday, June 13, 2015

BASKET BLISS AND A RECIPE

This past week I've had some pretty amazing happy mail!  The basket blocks have been pouring in from two of the Bee's I'm involved with



These are so very fun, and there are more to come!!!


It's even fun in black and white

I used to eat Yogourt every day for lunch.  Like for years.  After a painful scare with Kidney Stones,  my daughter in law told me about Apple Cider Vinegar.  Yuck.  It apparently helps with all kinds of things if you can get it past your nose..........



Then I had a Quinoa salad in a little cafe downtown and was instantly a fan of the stuff.  I had never actually cooked Quinoa myself, but gave it a shot to see if I could make something similar to what I had enjoyed so much.


I've blown through a whole bottle of apple cider vinegar just with this one recipe. It's so crispy and fresh !  If I don't eat this for a couple of days, I find myself craving it.

My family is wondering where the yogourt eating,  muffin wielding women went that they used to know !   She's gone......

..........and the great thing?  After switching to this for lunch I dropped 10 pounds.  Without trying.
Not long ago, we had about 14 for lunch. Some of the men had seconds, and then thirds. There wasn't a sniff of it left.  I was a little upset  : )

I thought I would share how I make it here in case you would like to try yourself.  I serve this as a side dish to anything and everything !

It makes a lot, so start with a big bowl

1 cup of organic Quinoa, cooked  (this fluffs up to quite a lot)
1 small bag blanched almonds, whole or slivered
1 113g bag of organic dried cranberries
1 cup chopped broccoli
1 yellow pepper diced
1 cup diced carrots
1/2  cup feta cheese chopped small  (cow feta, not the stinky stuff)
1 apple diced

dressing:

1/3 cup blood orange infused Olive oil
2 tblsp. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp. salt                                                            Whisk all these ingredients together and drizzle over
1/2 tsp. pepper                                                     ingredients in bowl.  Gently fold into mixture.
1 clove of garlic chopped fine                             Chill and serve.
1 tsp. honey



Hope you enjoy  : )

linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday

26 comments:

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi! Oh, your baskets look very inspiring! I can imagine how fun it is to make them! Thank you for sharing your recipe even I can't find all the things here. I prefer also cow feta. x Teje

Patchwork and Play said...

Looks like a yummy recipe! There are numerous health benefits of apple cider vinegar it seems! And of course the baskets are delightful!

Glinda ♥ said...

Cute baskets. Love the sound of that recipe (love more the idea of losing 10 lbs!) Happy Sunday, Carla :)

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suemac said...

It looks very healthy. I am going to have to try it.

Jayne said...

A tisket, a tasket! Those baskets are so wonderful! They are so fun to look at...they make me happy!!

Sharon - IN said...

Super cute baskets! Love the colors and variety of shapes. And I'm going to try that recipe! Thanks for sharing.

quiltmania said...

The recipe sounds delicious!

Lynne said...

I confess to starting a few of those baskets and I'm hooked! I love Quinoa, and I''m definitely going to make this salad. ACV is so good for you. I like the weight loss benefit!

Donna quilts said...

Oh your baskets do look like fun! What a great summer inspired quilt!

Needled Mom said...

Those baskets look great as does that salad. I am a fan of a good quinoa salad so am going to have to try this one.

Kevin the Quilter said...

I can't wait to see what you do with all of those basket blocks! The recipe looks absolutely delish! Thanks for sharing!

Shauna said...

How cute are those blocks! I bet you could sit and analyse them for hours. Thanks for the Quinoa recipe. I love Quinoa salad and will be interested to try yours.

Katherine said...

Note sure which has me drooling more... those gorgeous scrappy baskets or your yummy recipe! Thanks for sharing both, Carla. I love quinoa and plan to give this a try.

Nicky said...

Your baskets are fun and cute! Enjoy the pleasure of receiving them... thanks for sharing them and your recipe with #scraptastictuesday

Rene' said...

Love all your baskets together!!! You have the best bee block ideas. Thank you for sharing your quinoa recipe. I love quinoa but haven't found a great salad recipe for making at home. Will definitely give yours a try.

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Your baskets look just lovely all together. I'm happy to say I got mine done today and will mail them off tomorrow. Thanks for being so patient. I'm quite tempted by your recipe too. Can I leave out the red peppers? I'm not a fan of peppers and they don't like me either.

Karen S said...

These baskets are looking amazing. It must be wonderful to have all this lovely mail arrive.
Thanks for sharing your recipe, too.

Granny Maud's Girl said...

I have made a few salads not dissimilar to this and they are yummy. I will have to wait for warmer weather; we are in soup and casserole season now.

Karen H said...

Oh those baskets are so pretty and so much fun!

Quinoa salads are so good and you can add just about anything to them to add flavour and crunch! I love raw kale chopped and dressed with apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. I add dried fruit and chopped nuts for sweetness and crunch. Yum!

JoZart Quilts said...

I've made it! I love it, we all love it! Thanks so much and if we lose a bit of weight I'll be even more pleased.
Love the hoses and love the baskets too.
Jo in Liverpool, England

Carla said...

***********dear Jo in Liverpool. You made me laugh out loud! I'm sorry I can't reply to your comment. You've got no e-mail address on your 'about' page : (
I'm so glad you enjoyed the salad. We all love it here too

riverviewstitching said...

Hi Carla, Just got home and made the salad. Not sure this is going to lead to any weight loss as I think I could just sit down and eat the whole bowl! It's delicious.

Christine @ 12,450miles said...

The baskets are so, so fun! I love them.

This recipe looks delicious!!! I'm making it this weekend! THANK YOU.

Julie Cefalu said...

I eat yogurt, granola and fruit just about every morning. But I could definitely stand to lose 10 pounds, so I'm going to give your recipe a try. I enjoy quinoa and I have a neglected bottle of apple cider vinegar. Thanks for the recipe!

OPQuilt said...

I love quinoa salads and have a couple of recipes already--this one is being added to that mix as it looks so delicious and refreshing! Thanks for the recipe. Glad all the baskets are coming in--they all look great together and I know in your hands they'll be fabulous!

Elizabeth