I made an amazing quinoa salad this weekend thanks to Eclectic Recipes!
- 2 cups quinoa
- 4 cups water
- 1 mango, diced
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1 small bunch of cilantro, chopped fine
- the juice of 1 lime
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
Cook quinoa according to package directions with water. Add all other ingredients to a large bowl. When quinoa is cooked, add to large bowl and stir to combine. Let set for about 15 minutes before serving so that the flavors can combine.
I did make a couple changes to the recipe as written. I cooked the quinoa with chicken stock,used some roasted red peppers instead of fresh pepper, and mixed some red and white quinoa together. I also added a couple cloves of garlic to the chicken stock because I am obsessed with garlic.
All in all, the end result was BANGIN’. Even my mom liked it and she hates quinoa. I’ve had leftovers for lunch for the past two days and I’m still not tired of it.
I meant to write a post on this last week, but I am still in shock that it has been a year since I graduated from Holy Cross. Sometimes I feel like I should be moving into Carlin for Kimball week or waking up at godawful times to go on a band trip.
A couple weeks ago my 17 year old brother went on a tour of Holy Cross himself. Way to make ME feel old.
This past year has flown by. I’ve struggled with moving back home and starting a new job; more recently I started transitioning out of my AmeriCorps service and into a new service position. I miss working ridiculous numbers of shifts at Kimball, watching TLC and doing nails with my roomies on Fridays, and acting like a lunatic with the band at basketball games.
Still, moving forward has been amazing. It’s so nice not to go crazy over exams or papers or wake up early on Saturday to haul marching band equipment down to Fitton. I still miss my friends, but freshman year of real life hasn’t been that bad so far. Here’s to sophomore year being even better.
So vacation is over and I’m back to the office!
All in all, last week was a much needed break. I got to spend some time with my friends from home, which was awesome because I’m usually too tired/cranky to hang out after work.
On the Saturday before Memorial Day my friend Alysha had a meat party at her house. We cooked all types of meat over an open flame and enjoyed some brews. Nothing beats good friends and a warm fire.
This past weekend I went camping FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME on Cape Cod with some of my friends from Holy Cross/the HCGTMB. I’ve decided that I’m not much of a wilderness/camping kind of girl, but I had a great time hanging out with some wonderful people that I hadn’t seen in awhile. I met up with my friends Lindsey and Meghan in Harvard, Mass, and then we drove up to BC to pick up our friend Brian.
Johan Santana got the first no hitter in Mets history, after 50 years and over 8,000 games! Unfortunately for me, I was camping with no TV access, and surrounded by Red Sox fans who didn’t understand how exciting this was for a poor old Mets fan like me. I’m so happy that Johan was the one who finally got it! He’s a true class act and an awesome Met.
Unfortunately, we got hit by a huge rain storm on Saturday. We made the best of it by going candle pin bowling. I was a little disappointed that we didn’t encounter the Cape Cod Bear (the black bear that swam across the Cape Cod canal and has been wandering around the Cape ever since), but all in all, I had fun.
I also got a bit of reading and pool time in last week
Now, back to reality…