Quinoa with Marinated Tomatoes and Sweet Corn

When I get done walking or riding my bike in hundred degree temps, the last thing I want to do is fire up the oven to make dinner. So, I like to come home to a cool house, make quinoa (or use left over already cooked quinoa) and throw different ingredients in it for a fast, healthy, delicious dinner so I don’t fire up the oven.

This concoction is from Pinch of Yum.

First, marinate a batch of cherry tomatoes. Then, as they soak up their juicy goodness, make your quinoa. While that’s soaking up the water and sitting on simmer with the lid on, husk and then de-cob your corn-on-the-cob into a skillet and stir-fry with some water or oil and salt and pepper. (You are simply heating this through.)

1stDirections to marinate tomatoes:

1 pound cherry tomatoes, washed and cut into halves.

1 clove garlic— minced.

2 Tablespoons—Olive Oil

1 Tbsp. — minced parsley

Salt to taste

Toss this all together in a bowl and set aside.

2ndDirections for Quinoa:

1 cup quinoa, cooked — or lucky you who already made quinoa this week, can simply use your leftovers… good thinkin’!

4 – ears of corn (Yes, you can use canned of frozen, if you’re lazy, hot and friggin tired.)

1- shallot, minced

Cilantro and chives, minced

Don’t forget! Your marinated tomatoes! Add those!

1-2 limes, juiced and zested.

Olive oil drizzles to taste

1 — tsp sea salt

1/2 avocado — for each plate

It should like this before it is stirred.
I paired this with some Hint of Lime Tostito’s tortilla chips and headed to my lanai. These chips are worth a ride through hellish debilitating heat any day of the week.

Enjoy!

Also, I wanted to share some things I’ve been working on besides writing book number two. I’m currently making some tapas dishes in pottery class and wanted to show you. My friend Julie taught me how to make these and from my first pieces to this one, I can already see improvement.

The pieces shown here are in various stages of drying. The darker the clay the wetter it is. The whiter, the drier. When I get them all glazed and fired, I will share them all in another post. I can not wait to make a serve tapas for dinner one night in all the pieces I made. Love, love!

Freshly made
Dried for weeks

And, it’s about that time again! My favorite time of the year! So, I’m also working on Halloween mixed media pieces again. So, I made “Boooooook!” from Hocus Pocus this year filled with four other tiny “booooooks!” 😉

The eye and snakes are made from Sculpey baked clay
Look at that eyeball!
Tiny boooooks! All complete with coffee-dyed papers ready for you to write in your wicked spells! These are made out of tiny boxes I repurposed. These were more difficult to make because everything is made from hot glue, which is hard to manage, then paint to resemble the book in the movie.
I put a spell on you!
Booooooook!

Okay kittens, I think that’s about it for now. Thanks for reading up to this point.

Until next time!

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