I like meat. I grew up around meat, my father provided us with meat, and my family celebrated with lovely meat dishes. Want to know a secret about me now? I really am not a big meat lover, I could take it or leave it. My dad will be so sad to hear this, but wait Daddy-o!!! I may not be a big meat eater, but if you give me some venison, WELL you have a VERY happy Terra:-)
Last week my Grandparents, Aunt, and Uncle came for a visit. Guess what they brought from my home state? Venison!!! Yup, my Mother and Father sent about 10 pounds of venison. Who was happy? ME!!! So Sunday I made Cheesy Venison Meatloaf, and I ate WAY too much, YUM-O!!!
When Monday came along, I needed a break from meat, after eating WAY too much Sunday. And how appropriate, Monday is “Meatless Monday.” In the social media world, people share ideas, and dishes to make Meatless Monday perfect. I didn’t need any ideas, I just needed to make some delicious Quinoa Fruit and Nut Salad. If you remember, I am a part of the fun community of bloggers for French Friday’s with Dorie. I have not made something every week for them, but I knew I better not miss this dish, I love quinoa! Do you remember around Super Bowl Sunday, I made the Sweet and Savory Quinoa Bites? Just click on the links to enjoy, they were something, unique, fun, and delicious!
The quinoa salad recipe can not be shared, but I really recommend Dorie Greenspan’s book Around my French Table.
I did not have any fresh herbs in the house. I so can not wait to get my herb garden planted, it is officially time! So for the recipe I used dried parsley, and dried mint. I am always careful to use mint, but it really is refreshing in a salad. I think I may try to grow some this year, yum!!!
For the rest of the recipe, I did have all the needed ingredients. I used almonds, which I forgot to toast, oh well….
I may not blog every Monday about Meatless Monday, but I think I will try to start enjoying meatless dishes on Monday.
What is your favorite way to enjoy Quinoa?
Do you love or hate meat?
Until next time, Come on in, Have a seat,