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Golden Quinoa Sunshine Salad
2 cups quinoa
2 1/2 cups chicken broth, homemade or canned low-sodium broth
4 scallions, light and white green part only, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped golden raisins
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cucumber, peeled, halved, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
Freshly ground black pepper
Place the quinoa in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear. Bring the chicken stock to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the quinoa and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer the quinoa until it has expanded fully, about 20 to 25 minutes. Uncover, fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.
Place the cooled quinoa in a large bowl. Add the scallions, raisins, rice vinegar, orange juice and zest, olive oil, cumin, cucumber and parsley and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, then serve.
2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 large egg whites
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
2 cups grated carrots
2 cups fresh or thawed frozen cranberries, divided
1/4 cup shelled pistachios, finely chopped
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line muffin cups with paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, whisk the first 5 ingredients (through salt). In another bowl, grate 1 tsp orange zest and squeeze 1/4 cup juice. Whisk in the sugar, egg whites, oil, and yogurt. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Fold in carrots and 1 1/2 cups cranberries.
3. Divide batter among muffin cups. Top with pistachios and remaining cranberries.
4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean (22-25 minutes). Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Unmold; cool completely on rack.
Sunshine Bloody MaryOk, let's all agree on one thing beyond my beauty, brilliance and culinary genius -- flumptytail is our most beloved GUSerina. We love her and her humour and Dilly and her Mr. flumpty and her cats and her son and her amazing, amazing beauty of soul and body.
This here is my recipe.
Get a plastic container of your local grocery store's generic brand Vegetable Juice. Not Tomato Juice -- Vegetable Juice. It will have the same ingredients as V-8 Vegetable Juice. Then get a jar of prepared horseradish (I get hot). Then get a bottle of inexpensive but not rock gut vodka. Never use top shelf vodka for a mixed drink.
Put a splash of vegetable juice in a tall glass. Stir in a knife length of horseradish (or to taste). Add sea salt to taste or no salt if you are afraid of dying from a heart attack. Add a healthy shot (meaning way over one) of vodka. Add more vegetable juice to taste, stir and drink.
If juice is warm you can add ice cubes but compensate with vodka.
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