I am a little obsessed .. there is a huge fire burning in Colorado about 50 miles away from me, and it is all I can think about.
This website has the best information on the fire, in my opinion. At this writing, the fire is up to 43,000+ acres, 118 buildings destroyed, at least 1 person confirmed dead, 500 firefighters fighting the fire, and hundreds evacuated.
My husband has been out at this fire all this week … so my concern is not only for all the firefighters and emergency personnel, but him as well! This is a picture he took on Sunday.
And this is pretty telling – a picture of the fire from a satellite flying overhead :
But back to our normally scheduled broadcast … I’m all about salads these days. Since the lettuce in my garden is not ready, I am doing some leafless salads!
I wasn’t too sure about this salad … it looked like it would turn out so red!
Well, note to self, when cooking with beets, things do turn red! In spite of the red color, it turned out pretty good! I love dishes where I can incorporate beets … sometimes when I get beets, they just sit while I figure out what to do with them! Shredding them makes them cook quickly, and kind of hides them in the salad … although since the salad is bright red, I don’t think they are hiding very well!
Quinoa Beet Salad
Adapted from Oprah.com
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1 cup uncooked quinoa
1 medium beet, peeled and shredded
2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cucumber, chopped
2 roma tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
salt/pepper to taste
Place the quinoa in a medium sized pan, and add 4 cups water. Add in the shredded beets. Cook over medium heat until the water is absorbed – about 30 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Meanwhile mix the dressing – balsamic vinegar, lemon juice and olive oil. Whisk well to combine. Add the cucumber and tomatoes to the quinoa mixture, and pour the dressing over the salad. Stir will to mix. Add salt/pepper to taste.
Add in the walnuts. Serve warm or cold.
Happy hump day!