Hello Pintertesters! Rachel here. If you follow our Facebook page you may have seen my newest project. Now I’m ready to tell you all about it!
A little backstory. My boyfriend and I have been on a huge health kick these last few months. He has lost an incredible amount of weight. Me?.. Well I haven’t had the best results. I’ve managed to build up a pretty regular workout routine, but I really struggle with the meals. I love cheese, bread and pizza. I could eat it all day every day. Instead of cutting myself off cold turkey, I’ve been trying to build healthier choices into my diet.
While perusing my pinterest I found this Edamame Quinoa salad pin sitting on my Salads and Dressings board. I bought a large bag of Quinoa at Costco about a month ago and I had been looking for ways to use it. Up until now I’ve only cooked it with slow cooker meals. It was time to up my quinoa game and make this recipe.
I printed the recipe from the original site and headed to the store. I started to boil the water for the quinoa when I noticed my first problem. I only had 1 1/14 cup of Quinoa left! Now, if you’ve never cooked Quinoa before, 1 cup of uncooked Quinoa is a LOT! If you look closer at the serving size, this recipe makes enough for 16 people! 16 side servings? No. It can be a full meal for 16 people. I was ok with only making half the serving size. As you can see, the half batch still filled two of my mixing bowl! I can only imagine what a full batch would look like.
Aside from having only half the Quinoa, the rest of the recipe went without a hitch. The directions were incredible simple and the final batch was incredibly tasty! I brought it for lunch all week. By the end of the week, I still had leftovers! No way…. yes way!
Now let me tell you about the flavor. I thought the quinoa would make it dry, but the lime juice (and salt) give it a nice little kick. TIP: To get more juice out of your limes, place them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. It will soften the limes to get more juice out. Beware, if you heat too long it will get to hot and burn your fingers.
Back to the recipe… the real key is to add the FULL cup of cranberries. I was wary at first and only added 2/3 of a cup. I quickly realized I needed the full cup. The cranberries offset the tart lime juice. They also balance the flavor of the vegetables. I made sure there was a cranberry in every spoonful I ate.
I would highly recommend this for lunches, dinners, and maybe even a large family party. People will be impressed with this recipe. I know I was! I intend to add this to my regular recipe rotation. It was quick and easy to make. It’s healthy, and it lasts for quite a few days.
Changes I made:
- Left out celery (It’s disgusting)
- Used half of quinoa. For 2-4 people a half batch is plenty!
- Replaced sliced almonds with walnuts
Original Recipe can be found on The Girl Who Ate Everything.
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