Menu Plan Monday May 3rd-Quinoa!

I decided to choose one of my very favorite foods as the theme for this week’s menu plan.  This yummy Incan food is a seed, not a grain, which is what makes Quinoa so fabulously nutritious, and the only complete protein that’s in the veggie kingdom.  And did I mention easy to make?

My favorite quinoa recipes:

Quinoa Italiana
Southwestern Quinoa Black Bean Salad
Lemony Mint Quinoa

Many others feature quinoa, too
Chai Breakfast Cake
and I’m sure there are others I’m just not thinking of!

I think the reason I chose quinoa, though, is an excuse to make my almond quinoa cookies which I really need to post. Like this week, even.

I love the idea of the new post for Heidi’s quinoa skillet bread. No, it’s not GF, but very easily could be! And I’m looking forward to seeing how everyone uses quinoa.

This week, we’re taking it easy. I did a massive cooking binge last weekend (homemade applesauce, honey cinnamon cornbread, cinnamon rolls, brownies with pecan frosting, homemade mint lemonade, meringues and more) and so I’m a little kitchen shy…I’ll get over it soon, I know.

Menu Plan:
Monday:
Lemony thyme quinoa (mint quinoa recipe, just using a small amount of thyme instead)

Tuesday:

Quick Mahi Mahi in a tomato sauce with peppers

Weds:
Chicken in a mint pesto sauce with broccoli

Thursday:
Steamed veggies with a Malasian curry sauce (from spice and herb bible)

Friday:
Leftovers

Fun stuff:
almond quinoa cookies

And everyone else?
Heather of Celiac Family has a yummy looking Quinoa Indian Chicken, and she’s got Tilapia Parmesan on the menu too. I’m tempted to make her pulled pork when I go out of town next (I don’t eat pork, but DH LOVES pulled pork.)

It’s worth checking out In my box just for the pictures! Scrumptious has a great looking line up, including unusual ones, like stir fried lettuce and butternut squash risotto.

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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4 Responses to Menu Plan Monday May 3rd-Quinoa!

  1. Scrumptious says:

    What a great menu this week! I love your quinoa recipes – I have them all bookmarked as “someday soon!”

    Thanks so much for hosting, and for finding and posting my menu plan before I even sent the link – now that is on-the-ball Menu Swap hostessing!

    Your cooking binge sounds so amazing. I wish sometimes I could move in to your kitchen!

  2. Posted this morning and then forgot to link up with the rest of you. Busy day with doctor appointments and a papier mache Viking helmet. Here’s the link:
    http://celiacsinthehouse.blogspot.com/2010/05/gluten-free-menu-opening-day-of-farmers.html
    Thanks for hosting and reminding me to get some more quinoa in the plan.
    Wendy

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  4. Sarah says:

    I had a friend tell me about Quiona today. I have never herd of it before! I am so excited to try the recipes you have posted! I am really excited to try the black bean salad. You have such a great blog! I am so glad I have stumbled across it!

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