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Try It Out Tuesdays: Quinoa salad with an orange dressing

IMAG1967Hello everyone!

This is a super easy, super quick, and super delicious recipe! Since its been super hot (can you guess what my word of the week is?) these past few days, I have been dreading turning on the stove or the oven. In comes quinoa and a yummy recipe on the back of the truRoots Organic Quinoa package!

The recipe is for a quinoa salad with cranberries and pecans which sounds delicious…but I did not have cranberries nor pecans…so my salad consists of:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (which comes out to about 2 cups of cooked quinoa)
  • 1 red onion – finely chopped
  • 3 mini cucumbers or 1 large cucumber – finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper – finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers – yes, finely chopped

The dressing though is THE BEST PART!!! And I think it went great with my salad but I so want to try it with cranberries and pecans. So remember, this dressing recipe comes from the back of the truRoots packaging.


  • 6 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Whisk together the orange juice, olive oil, orange zest, thyme and salt. Pour dressing over the quinoa. Toss and fluff with a fork.

IMAG1971My family loved the quinoa salad…even my brother who is not a fan of quinoa or my cooking. He had his as a side dish; I made him my own version of fish & chips (minus the chips a la Johanna style).

I seriously think everyone should try this dressing. It is just yummy!!

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Try It Out Tuesdays: Sweet Potato Bread

It’s quite late and I have a presentation in class tomorrow…I needed something to take my mind off president Bush (part of presentation) so I took some time to bake.

Sweet Potato Bread

This bread is good! A little on the sweet side but not too overwhelming, which is good!! I found a recipe online but changed it up a bit…here’s what I did 🙂

  • 1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup yogurt
  • 2 tbsps vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ½ cup raisins (you could use chopped pecans or walnuts…I just happened to have raisins)


  1. Combine sugar, yogurt and oil
  2. Add eggs then beat until smooth
  3. In another bowl combine flours, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon
  4. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture alternately with water
  5. Stir in sweet potatoes and raisins (or chopped nuts)

Bake at 350° degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until golden brown.

My oven is a bit too strong so I baked mine for about 45 minutes then turned off the oven and left it inside for another 10 minutes. The bread came out golden brown.

IMAG1011I shouldn’t have had a piece of this bread earlier…now I don’t want to wait till tomorrow morning…I know, patience is a virtue.

If you happen to be in the mood for baking or you just happen to have about a cup of leftover mashed sweet potatoes and you just have no idea what to do…I suggest this recipe…it is good! C’mon, just try it out! 🙂

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