excellent end-of-summer salad

ingredients (serves 2):
2 small tomatoes
2 small cucumbers
2 hard boiled eggs
Oilve oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Lime Juice --- about 1 lime
Salt and Pepper

Dice tomatoes, and gently salt. Cut ends of cucumbers first. Then dice cucumber, you can peel first. Dice hard boiled egg and then dress with olive oil, a little balsamic vinegar (a little goes a long way), squirt of lime (or lemon), salt and pepper.

adapted from and courtesy of this lovely blogger.


a new take on quinoa (keen-wah)

if you think you can't find quinoa at a store near you, think again :) it's fairly common. maybe safeway, giant or smith's won't have it--- but trader joe's, sunflower market, wild oats or whole foods should have it. we tried quinoa before. this time it was even better!!
ingredients (serves 2):
1 cup quinoa
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth

4 Tbs olive oil
1/2 onion
1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
2-3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
10 leaves fresh basil
grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

juice of 2-3 limes
1-2 salmon fillets

add quinoa & broth to rice cooker (takes about 25-30 minutes to cook).
heat non-stick skillet over medium high heat, add the lime juice. once heated, add salmon fillet(s) and sear 2 minutes on each side.
heat another non-stick skillet over high heat and add the oil. add onions, bell peppers; saute for 1-2 minutes more; add garlic and saute until peppers become slightly limp but still bright, about one to two minutes; season with salt and pepper. remove the pan from heat; add basil and quinoa. toss until basil wilts, garnish with Parmesan cheese.
*****the salmon was really tart so we chopped it up and mixed it in with the rest of the food. mmmm

courtesy of trader joe's (and myself)


fruity salad

make some fruit salad this weekend!! it's so easy and so yummy. and good for you!!this salad has:
a couple handfuls of strawberries
2 bananas
1 pink cripps apple
1 nectarine
1 plum

all fruits go well together!! well... maybe a tomato would be funny in this salad, but in my mind the tomato fruit/vegi debate is still... a debate.