Friday, August 8, 2014

Simple Summer Sides

Pictured above: Sweet Corn Quinoa & Cucumber-Tomato Salad

Summertime and the living is easy. Same goes for cooking! You can enjoy the fresh flavors of the season without spending too much time in the kitchen.

Here are two ideas for simple {and flavorful} sides to add to your menu...made even better if using some of finds from your local farmer's market! Side note: quinoa is so flavorful and packed full of essential vitamins, minerals and fiber. We love using it as a side dish because it is so versatile and good for you!

Sweet Corn Quinoa
1 cup quinoa (I like Trader Joe's Tricolor Quinoa)
2 cups chicken broth
2 ears fresh sweet corn
1 ½ tbsp butter
½ tsp each salt, pepper and parsley flakes

Thoroughly wash and drain quinoa (do not leave this step out - trust me). Add quinoa and chicken broth to pan and bring to a boil. Once at a good boil, turn to a simmer and cook 15 minutes (or until all liquid is absorbed).

Meanwhile, cut kernels off corn and saute in 1 tbsp butter with your spices for about 4-5 minutes.
Set aside.

Once quinoa is cooked through, add in corn mixture and remaining butter. Give it a good stir and let sit 5-10 minutes before serving.

Cucumber-Tomato Salad
1 medium-sized hothouse cucumber, cut into quarters
2 cups grape tomatoes, sliced in half

¼ cup sliced red onion
¼ cup olive oil & vinegar dressing
2 tbsp lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste 

Mix all ingredients together and let sit for at least 2 hours to absorb the dressing!

Happy cooking, y'all!


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