Quinoa Bean Salad :: A Great Christmas Salad Go-To

Quinoa Bean Salad

The salad before I added the Quinoa!

Hey there.

You know me, I am all about go-tos.  Whether it be a recipe or a shoe or a necklace.  I feel like sometimes I don’t have time to think about something new. I  need my go-to so that I can be creative somewhere else. So this year, I have been making a delicious and healthy Quinoa Bean Salad that has tasted good and looked purty on the spread I have at my various Christmas parties.  I think you will love it  because it has splashes of red and green and hint of lime juice, and it is good for you.

Here it is.  Would love to hear when you use it this season to give your buffet line a little Sursee!

Quinoa Bean Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked Red Quinoa- (I used 1 cup of dry quinoa to 2 cups liquid)
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 garlic glove finely chopped
  • Juice of one lime, about 2 Tbl
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained well
  • 1 red bell pepper, quarter inch chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 6 green onions, root removed, white and part of the greens chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1 handful of cilantro, rough chopped (about 1/3 cup)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Quinoa. While the quinoa is cooking, whisk the olive oil, cumin, garlic, lime, and salt together in the bottom of a large bowl to let the flavors marry while you chop the veggies.
  2. Rinse and drain the black beans
  3. Chop the veggies- make them the same size as the beans
  4. Add the cooked quinoa, beans and veggies to the bowl and gently fold all together with the dressing
  5. Salt and Pepper to taste
  6. The quinoa can be warm, room temp or cold when you make the dish.
  7. Let it chill in the frig at least 30 minutes to let the flavors come together
  8. Tastes best served room temperature or chilled
  9. To prepare the Quinoa
  10. Rinse it well within a fine mesh colander and let all of the water drain. And the rinsed quinoa to a pot and double the amount of water or veggie stock. ( e.g. 1 cup dry quinoa needs 2 cups of liquid )
  11. Bring the pot to a boil then cover and reduce heat to low and simmer for about fifteen minutes until all the liquid is absorbed and the little tail of the quinoa has sprouted out. Fluff with a fork and reserve for your recipe.
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The Chronological Bible and Advent

Chronological Bible and Advent 2

Hey y’all,

I have so been enjoying my Chronological Bible reading in light of Advent and preparing for the birth of Jesus.  Which made me think of Jan 1, 2015.  Which made me think of starting the reading all over again.  Which made me think of you, dear reader, and how I want you to join me in this journey come 2015.  But first, back to the Advent/Chronological Bible connection.

I love how I see little Sursees all through the readings.  Like today, in Romans 8:26, I was reminded how the Holy Spirit is a gift to me.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weaknesses.  We do npt know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.

What a gift!

And earlier in Romans 8:18, I am reminded that,

our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Joy to the World!  The Lord has come! is what my heart sang as I read this passage.  I love how when I prepare my heart for the Christmas season, He shows Himself to me in new ways, reminding me this world is not all there is.

And when I read this:

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  Romans 8:9

I am thankful for the baby Jesus who came into the world to grow up and then die and save us from our sins. Awesome reading during Christmas.  Reminds me why the baby Jesus is so amazing.

What are you doing for Advent to prepare your heart? To slow down and savor? Do tell.

Oh, and do you want to join me this next year and read through the Chronological Bible?  Get yours now and be ready when the calendar turns. A real Sursee to give yourself this December.

 

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