Quinoa Salad

 Cold, fresh, and delicious! Great for summer BBQ's or a nice simple dinner at home! This salad is amazing with grilled shrimp!! Oh hot summer nights how I love you... nothing better than grilling outside while the kids are playing in the yard! It's the small things that get me!!

1/2 red onion, Minced
5 tomatoes, roma, dice
1 large cucumber, dice
1-1/2 cup quinoa
1 Tbs chopped cilantro

1/8 Olive Oil
1/8 Tamari
1 Tbs red wine vinegar
1 lime, juice

~ Cook quinoa as directed (use chicken broth instead of water)
~ Place cooked quinoa in fridge for at least 1hr.
~ Cut all veggies. Mix dressing in separate small bowl.
~ Remove quinoa from fridge. In large bowl toss quinoa, veggies, and dressing.
~ Place back in fridge for 30 min for all flavors to marinate. Enjoy

Bacon Date Shrimp

Hot night in the Desert called for these babies!!! You won't be sorry!!! Sweet and Salty... probably every women's perfect combination of flavors!!
17 jumbo shrimp
34 pitted dates
17 slices of bacon
Servings 4
~ Peel and clean shrimp
~ Grill bacon for about 6-8 minutes then remove (Bacon takes longer to cook than shrimp)
~ Slice dates in-half but not completely through (butterfly cut). Place 2 dates on shrimp (1 lower, 1 higher).
~ Wrap shrimp and dates with bacon. use toothpicks to hold in place.
~ Grill until shrimp and bacon are finished and crisp.

*Tip- try not to double layer bacon when wrapping shrimp... under layer won't cook as well.

Oriental Cabbage Salad - "Cook With Me"

A MUST TRY!!!! I have made this so so so many times since it was introduced to me by the one-and-only Monica Valadez!! AMAZING flavor, unbelievably EASY, and CLEAN ingredients!!! Tamari is just too good to be true... it adds incredible flavor to this dish and perfect for parties or just a simple dinner with the family! This is NOT YOUR AVERAGE ORIENTAL SALAD... so try it and be amazed!!!

1 head green cabbage, thinly shredded
2-3 green onions
almonds, toasted
sesame seeds, toasted

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup tamari
2 TBS rice wine vinegar

Servings 4
~ Thinly shred cabbage, rinse, and place in bowl
~ In separate bowl whisk olive oil, tamari, and vinegar.
~ Pour tamari dressing over cabbage and toss. Top with almonds, sesame seeds, and green onion.

Joe's Scramble

Joe's Scramble is a dish from the famous Pikes place Market... while visiting Seattle  (where I'm originally from) my mom and I walked down to Pikes Place for a great breakfast at Lowe's. She ordered her usual breakfast "Joe's Scramble" and I followed... AMAZING!! So of course because it was so delicious I had to re-create this dish to share with YOU!! Sometimes you fall in love with a restaurant dish and then try to re-make it at home, only to result in total failure.. but this was not the case.  Joes scramble was super easy and turned out exactly like I hoped!!! Perfect switch up for morning eggs!!

9 eggs
10-12oz sausage (a little spicy is good)
1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
1 cup spinach
3 green onions, chopped
fresh parmesan cheese, shredded

*For fluffier eggs, add 1/8 cup half & half (or milk) while whisking eggs

Servings 4
~ In frying pan cook sausage over medium-high heat until done. Add mushrooms and cook another minute.
~ whisk eggs together in small bowl and add to sausage mix.
~ Cook until almost done, add spinach, cook until slightly wilted.
~ Top with green onion, parmesan, and Serve.