Bacon Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing

Bacon Quinoa Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing and Queso Fresco cheese | savoringsimple.comWhew! Man it’s been a while—almost a month! But I have good reason: Sam and I bought a house! And it’s…. a piece of work, to put it bluntly.  We’ve been up to our hairlines, literally, in paint, spackle, sawdust, and lots of spiders that I’m learning to squeal about a little less every time I find them crawling down a wall. 😭

This has been our life since April 7-dead spiders and lots of showers, in a nutshell. It’s worth it, though, because it’s ours and we are slowly but surely making it exactly how we want it.  Slowly. So slowly.

This Bacon Quinoa Salad is super versatile, healthy, and naturally GF and DF. Plus, who doesn't love a salad with bacon in it? | savoringsimple.comLemon Dijon dressing for a Bacon Quinoa Salad | savoringsimple.com

But then when my Dad put in the new cabinets he built two days ago, I got chills thinking about all the memories and and good times and oh my goodness, new recipes that are going to be made in that kitchen. You guys-the FOOD. I can’t wait!

Also did you catch that? My Dad’s making me kitchen cabinets. Coolest. Dad. Ever. !!!!

Today’s recipe is something Sam and I have been subsisting off of this whole month—a Bacon Quinoa Salad that’s got all the flavors and nutrients of a full meal in one easy convenient bowl, because while I spend almost 60 hours a week in the new house, nothing about the kitchen is even remotely functional and all the food has to be brought in every day and stored in the fridge, a.k.a. the only place in the house that’s safe from dust. And spiders.

This recipe is from a guest post I did for Erren’s KitchenErren is this incredible food blogger who I’ve looked up to for quite some time, and I was thrilled when she asked me to post on her blog.  Be sure to check out her site-she takes the most amazing photos and all of her recipes will have you drooling! I’m especially fond of her Ultimate Chocolate Cake….because words like ‘ultimate’ should definitely be paired with something like ‘chocolate’, like, always.

Head on over to Erren’s Kitchen to get the full Bacon Quinoa Salad recipe to go with this Lemon Dijon Dressing!

Bacon + Queso Fresco cheese make this Bacon Quinoa Salad drool worthy enough to be a full meal! | savoringsimple.com

Until next time, when I plan to bring pictures of the house…enjoy the warmer weather and a glass of red wine with your Bacon Quinoa Salad!

Lemon Dijon Dressing

*Head on over to Erren’s Kitchen for the Bacon Quinoa Salad recipe*

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Lemon Dijon Dressing
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Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 t. honey
  • 2 t. Dijon mustard
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Keep the salad and the dressing separate until ready to serve.
  2. When you are ready to serve, toss the cooled quinoa with the rest of the salad ingredients in a large bowl and slowly add in the dressing, adding more or less depending on taste. Serve the salad with extra cheese and remaining salad dressing.
 

Chai Breakfast Muffins

Chai Breakfast Muffins | savoringsimple.comHow do you feel about chai?

In my kitchen, we <3 chai everything.  I’m talking lattes, smoothies, frostings….if it will taste even passably normal after I add copious amounts of cinnamon + cardomen + nutmeg, we’re in. We’re sooooo in.  So these Chai Breakfast Muffins?  They’re a hit.  I actually had a hard time photographing them because Sam and I were both reaching for them as I worked.

Notice how many are missing in these photos.  We seriously can’t stop.

Gluten free & Vegan Chai Breakfast Muffins | savoringsimple.com

I feel like I should come clean and tell you that I’m eating one right now.  In my pajamas. Catching up on Bobby Flay and pretending I’m not scared of learning how to grill.  I have high goals of one day semi-soon hosting large bbq’s with all my friends coming over and marveling at 1) how awesome my backyard looks and 2) how delicious/put-together/pinterest-perfect the bbq spread is.  In order for this to happen, I’ve determined I probably should learn how to grill, because right now I leave that up to Sam as fire = scary and my patience level = nada.

But I can learn, right? In exchange for some perfectly charred peaches and flaky smoke-infused kabobs, I’m willing to try.

Also, I’m just now realizing I should learn to garden, if we’re going to really live up to my fantasy backyard extravaganza. My lack of knowledge of all things domestic is clearly non-existent. *cue exaggerated sigh*

And cue very, very, VERY weak segway from domesticàhouse because GUESS WHO HAS A HOUSE!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Yupppp. In one week EXACTLY, we will be signing no less than one thousand sheets of paper in order to buy OUR FIRST HOUSE.

And no, we won’t be moving in.  Not for quite a while, actually (well, like 4 weeks).  First things first guys: The Kitchen must be gutted. And I really do mean gutted.  You will see pictures, I promise, but not until the renovations have been made so you can compare the before & after.  But in the meantime, I’m semi-seriously refusing to move in. Sam was like “Let’s move in” and I was like “….mmmmm. No.  Kitchen first, pleaseeeeeee?” And then I did my very best to bat my eyelashes at him and convince him that we should renovate before moving in all the way.  Chai Breakfast Muffins may or may not have been used as a selling point, just saying.

Vegan Chai Breakfast Muffins | savoringsimple.com

I really want to tell you everything, but without pictures, it won’t be as interesting to you as it is to me, the –> –> –> FIRST TIME HOMEOWNER <– <– <–!!! I’ll just give you the Chai Breakfast Muffins recipe and be on my merry way, probably to stalk Pinterest some more in search of all the DIY projects I can possibly find for my NEW HOUSE!!!! 😄😄😄

Chai Breakfast Muffins

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Chai Breakfast Muffins (Vegan, GF)
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Serves: 12 muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ¼ c. greek yogurt (or vegan equivalent, such as coconut yogurt)
  • 2 T. coconut oil
  • ¼ c. honey
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • ½ t. cardomen
  • ½ t. ground ginger
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • ½ t. salt
  • ¾ c. almond flour
  • ¾ c. brown rice flour
  • Optional Glaze:
  • ¼ c. coconut yogurt or greek yogurt
  • 1 T. honey
  • 1-2 t. coconut milk, if needed for consistency
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mash the bananas until smooth (or use an electric beater). Add in the rest of the wet ingredients and whisk to combine-you may need to melt the coconut oil first to keep it from clumping.
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients. Slowly fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined, being sure to scrape the sides of the bowl.
  4. Pour 1 T. of batter into prepared muffin tins (either greased or lined with muffin tins). If you have batter leftover, split it evenly into each muffin.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops have set and are turning golden. Remove and let cool before whisking together the glaze and spooning over the muffins.
 

Cucumber Mint Blender Mojitos

Cucumber Mint Mojitos-made in a blender! | savoringsimple.comCucumber Mint Blender Mojitos are my jam.

Like daily. Because if I’m being totally honest, I definitely drank several of these this week-and not just on Friday night. 😉

Here’s why:

Just check out the background of this picture for a minute, please…

Cucumber Mint Blender Mojitos | savoringsimple.com

Want to know what makes that totally dreamy light filter through my windows? SNOW. In March.  Somewhere around 4-6 inches.  So while you can pretend to shake your head at my semi-crazy sounding drinking habits, I know that deep down, you’re craving something summery and delicious just as much as I have been—even if you’re lucky enough to already be experiencing Spring where you live.

This Cucumber Mint Blender Mojito has been a fairly long time in making it to the blog. Fortunately or unfortunately—depending on your love of mojitos—we had to try somewhere around 10 different versions of this recipe before we felt like it was the right one. They were all delicious, of course…. but this particular version won out.

Blender Mojitos-the best kind! Easy to make at parties and delicious every time! | savoringsimple.com

 

Cucumber Blender Mojitos-the best kind! Easy to make at parties and delicious every time! | savoringsimple.com

Reasons to make this Cucumber Mint Blender Mojito NOW:

  1. It’s EASY. Like, blender easy. No fancy drink shaker skills needed here, my friend. You and I, we’re in the 30-Minute Dinners camp, most night. I don’t have time to make 4 individual mojitos because I don’t have time to muddle mint leaves with sugar in 4 separate glasses. You either, probably. This blender recipe is for us. 👊
  2. It’s just as good virgin as it is with rum. (Really.) And totally breakfast/brunch worthy.
  3. It tastes like a green summer dream. Kiddingnotkidding.

Easy recipe for Minty fresh Blender Mojitos - we love these at a summer bbq! | savoringsimple.com

Cucumber Mint Blender Mojito

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Cucumber Mint Blender Mojitos
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • ½ of a cucumber, cut into 3-4 chunks (to make it easier for your blender)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • about 15 small mint leaves, or 8 large
  • 1-3 T. agave syrup, or to taste (I used 2)
  • ¼ c. club soda
  • 6-8 ice cubes
  • 4 oz. rum (optional)
  • More club soda, lime wedges, and mint leaves for serving
Instructions
  1. Layer all the ingredients except the ice in a blender and pulse until smooth. Add in the ice cubes and blend to desired consistency. You can add more ice for a more slushy-type mojito, or you can leave them more chunky, as I did.
  2. Run a lime wedge around the edge of your glasses, then dip the wettened edges in sugar. (You can also dip the inverted classes in a shallow bowl of water, instead of a lime wedge if you prefer).
  3. Pour the mojitos into 2 glasses, add 2 oz. of rum into each glass (if using) and top off with the remaining club soda. Serve with lime wedges or mint leaves if desired.
 

Cucumber Mint Blender Mojitos | savoringsimple.com

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with red wine sauce | savoringsimple.com

Good evening, meat-lovers!

Except: I’m not much of a meat person, remember? I’m the quasi-vegan/vegetarian chick who prefers lentils to cheeseburgers and quinoa fritters to steak.

But here I am, shoving these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs down my throat like ….like I like them. Like I really like them. On risotto, over pasta, with pesto, in red sauce…..

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