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Yam and Quinoa Cakes from Portland's Sunshine Tavern

Yam and Quinoa Cakes from Portland's Sunshine Tavern

Sunshine Tavern 3111 SE Division Street Portland Oregon 97202

Seeing that we live just a few blocks away, occasionally we will head out to Sunshine Tavern for pizza and burgers (and of course cocktails and maybe even some candied hazelnuts to start). This is just what happened last Tuesday when we ended up splitting the Garnet yam and quinoa cakes w fennel and almond as a snacky beginning to our meal. And wow – they were so good.

I’m always on the hunt for new quinoa/interesting whole . . . → Read More: Yam and Quinoa Cakes from Portland's Sunshine Tavern

Oregon Albacore Tuna with Zucchini Relish and Cumin-Toasted Quinoa

Oregon Albacore Tuna with Zucchini Relish and Cumin-Toasted Quinoa

The other night, jwa and I were just hanging out, minding our own business and watching The Daily Show, when he got a text asking if we wanted some tuna. At first, I was a little jealous because I’m usually the one who gets contacted about receiving free food.

But, I got over that pretty quickly because less than a half hour later, jwa’s co-worker Kevin (who has gifted us with seafood before – thanks, Kevin!) stopped by with a cooler full of tuna loin pieces from . . . → Read More: Oregon Albacore Tuna with Zucchini Relish and Cumin-Toasted Quinoa

Quinoa Polenta with Sautéed Greens, Parmesan & Apricot Vinegar

Quinoa Polenta with Sauteed Greens, Parmesan & Apricot Vinegar

Oh my god, I love polenta. Creamy polenta, sautéed polenta — doesn’t matter. I just wish corn was healthier than it is, especially when I could probably eat polenta multiple times per week. I think I have found a solution! Polenta that is half traditional polenta and half quinoa! Because quinoa is good for you, it all works out.

I wish I could take credit for the idea, but I actually saw it at the store. You know those little tubes of pre-made polenta you can . . . → Read More: Quinoa Polenta with Sautéed Greens, Parmesan & Apricot Vinegar

Perfect for Meatless Monday: Roasted Carrot and Quinoa Salad

Roasted Carrot and Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is one of my favorite grains. I can’t remember when I first tried it — I think maybe a couple of years ago? But ever since that first experience, I’m always looking for new ways to use it. I’m not quite sure what it is but I really like the texture and flavor — soft but still a bit toothsome, but with a slightly nutty flavor.

Tossed with spicy, roasted carrots, pecans, cranberries and peppery arugula, this is a great way to incorporate quinoa. There’s also a good chance . . . → Read More: Perfect for Meatless Monday: Roasted Carrot and Quinoa Salad

Sockeye Salmon with Quinoa and Grapefruit Salad

Pan-Roasted Salmon with Grapefruit Quinoa Salad

Recently, I was very lucky and received another shipment of Copper River Salmon! This time, it was Sockeye from Prince William Sound. Although there was a slight Fed ex mishap with its delivery (my salmon took a brief field-trip to Memphis, it seems…perhaps visiting Graceland?), I received it just fine a day late. It was packed so well it was still nice and cold.

This is a recipe that I came across and have been wanting to try for awhile now. It was a great light & healthy meal. . . . → Read More: Sockeye Salmon with Quinoa and Grapefruit Salad