Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash with Toasted Pine Nuts

I’m sure there are a million different ways to stuff acorn squash, but quinoa is my favorite way. Quinoa is one of my favorite gluten-free grains (Well, actually quinoa is considered a relative of leafy green vegetables, like spinach). Why is this powerful grain a favorite of  mine? Because it is literally packed with amino acids, and it is versatile. Recently, for my graduate program, we were asked to pick a book related to food and write a book report about it. First of all, I can’t remember the last time I had to write a book report. Second, I chose Michael Pollan’s book, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. [Read more...]

Red Quinoa with Artichokes, Cranberries and Mushrooms (Gluten-Free)

The other night I made this quinoa side dish to go along-side lemon pepper chicken and green beans. The quinoa was so flavorful and paired nicely with the chicken. I even ate it for breakfast the next morning and topped it with two poached eggs. Fantastic! I hope you enjoy. Don’t have cranberries? Try raisins or dried cherries. [Read more...]