Easy Quinoa Salad

This recipe is totally stolen but I needed to put it out there for the Quinoa newbies like me.

Since my daughter decided to become vegetarian, I have struggled to find easy recipes with a protein source.  There’s only so much mac and cheese you can eat in a week.

The best part about this recipe is that it is easy to modify to your liking – I liked adding halved cherry tomatoes.

1/2 cup of quinoa
1 cup of water
Pinch of salt
(Just double water to quinoa)

Boil water and Quinoa.  When the water reaches a rolling boil, cover and turn to low heat for about 20 minutes – until all water is absorbed.  Let cool.

Chop 1 small cucumber cut in quarters
1/2 bell pepper chopped small
1/2 can black beans or chick peas rinsed
1/4 small onion cut in small pieces (or less)
Chopped fresh cilantro and/or fresh flat parsley
Juice of 1/2 lime
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tvsp red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
Few shakes of dried basil and oregano


Add all ingredients to quinoa, chill and enjoy.

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Instant Pot Enchilada Pasta

Listen – I’m no photographer but I PROMISE, this meal is everything.

I am IN LOVE with the Instant Pot.  If I plan accordingly with my shopping list, I can make incredible meals in little time.  After a full day of momming and work, quick is necessary.

To add a level of complexity to our meal planning, hubs is a bean hater/meat lover and kiddo is a vegetarian.

Here is the recipe:


Soooo – because of the vegetarian, I followed the Notes (exclude beef, add corn and beans.)  But because the husband hates beans, I cooked them separately and added them after I scooped his dish. 🙂

Even my best friend’s kid loves this meal and it is so easy.

I would love some comments with your favorite (preferably vegetarian sans beans) instant pot recipes!!