Quinoa Fruit Salad

quinoa fruit salad

The secret to this remarkable fruit salad isn’t the fruit. And it’s not the nutty quinoa tossed in there with the fruit. Nay. It’s the magic dressing. Lime, mint, coconut oil, little bits of pony wings. This stuff is good. It’s easy to make ahead for a brunch, lunch or midnight snack, too. Not that I would know about that whole midnight snack thing

For the salad:

1/2 cup slices almonds 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar 8 cups quinoa, cooked according to standard directions 1 pint raspberries 1 pint blueberries 4 kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced 1/2 cup toasted coconut

For the dressing:

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, loosely packed 1/3 cup brown rice syrup 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted 1/4 teaspoon salt juice of 6 limes (approximately 1/3 cup of juice. Use bottled key lime juice if needed)

Directions

Place the almonds and turbinado sugar into a nonstick skillet with 1/2 teaspoon of water. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until the almonds are toasted and the sugar begins to caramelize onto the almonds. Turn out onto a sheet of parchment paper and allow to cool.

In a large bowl stir together all ingredients for the salad. Place the dressing ingredients into a blender, puree completely, then pour over your salad. Toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with almonds, if desired. Serve immediately, or store in fridge for up to 12 hours.

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Your Banana May Contain……..

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It’s becoming harder and harder  to know whats in and on our food!

Soy sauce may contain gluten;  ice cream may have tree nuts in it, salad mix may be tainted with E. coli.

But there are some foods that are so pure, so uncomplicated, that they are just what they are, right?

Like bananas.

NOT!

As Science Daily reports, scientists have come up with a new spray they say will prevent bananas from ripening into brown mush for almost two extra weeks.

What’s the big deal you ask?

Well, let me tell you,  the spray is made from chitosan, which is derived from the shells of shrimp and crabs.

Can you imagine the simple banana carrying a warning label “This product may contain shellfish byproducts.” If sprayed this lovely yellow, handy fruit would be  off-limits to hard-core vegans and to people who suffer from shellfish allergies.

The chitosan-based spray is not available commercially yet, so no bananas are being treated.

Personally I think they should leave well enough alone, bananas are great just the way they are, when they get too ripe their great for baking, smoothies and face masks 😀

Thoughts anyone?

Have a Happy Sunday

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Number One Hundred and Thirty and the Bottle of Amarula!

This is my 130th post. WooHoo!!  I am celebrating with a glass of Amarula on the rocks.

This is better than Kahlua or Bailey’s in my world

The back of the bottle reads:

Amarula Cream is a pure blend of Nature’s fresh cream and the mysterious taste of the wild Marula fruit.  Africa‘s majestic Elephants walk for miles to feast on the sun ripened Marula fruit which is indigenous to the regions vast subequarorial plains.

The hand-picked Marula fruit is fermented distilled and matured for tow years in French Oak before being blended with the finest fresh cream.  Internationally award-winning Marula cream is best enjoyed neat or on ice.

English: Fine specimen of Marula on road betwe...

Try it you’ll like it 🙂