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Nothing gets me jazzed up like a To Do list. I love making little boxes next to each task that I get to check off when the task is complete. The hubster thinks I am a total nerd. I would agree.
I try to be pretty organized with meal planning. I love having a shopping list and having my assistant "help" me out.
Some days, though, I just throw together a bunch of things that should go together decently and see what happens. Somedays I am pleasantly surprised. I have this basil plant that is growing like a weed. I am throwing basil in everything.
We make it too damn hard. I am guilty as charged. Sure, in a perfect world, I would love to present three course meals to my family every night complete with an appetizer, entree and dessert. Not going to happen. Damn you internet and Facebook. I see so many recipes I want to try.
Make it easy on yourself. Try something simple. Throw a few things together and see what happens. It might rock your world.
Basil-icious Chickpea Quinoa Salad
1 cup of quinoa, rinsed
1 can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
juice of one lemon
1 avocado, cut in little chunks
handful of fresh basil, sliced thinly
salt and pepper
Cook the quinoa in a small saucepan. One part quinoa to 2 parts water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 12-15 minutes. In a bowl add the lemon juice, salt and pepper and chickpeas. When the quinoa is done, let it cool down until it is just a little warm. Then, slowly add it to the bowl and mix together. I think it mixes better together when the quinoa is a little warm. Fold in the basil. Refrigerate if you want. Add the avocado right before eating. Enjoy!
This is a kick-ass side dish with some grilled fish or meat. It can totally be a full meal in itself! Great leftovers my friends. I think the flavor was actually better the second day.
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