I love to cook and I love to eat good food.  Alas, the fact that I work 9-5 means that I can't do either as much as I would like, and like many I am often stuck at my desk during my lunch "hour".  My solution is to try to bring my lunch to work as much as I can.  This is my collection of recipes, all made quickly the night before (either as lunch or as dinner with leftovers that can be taken in).  Happy eating.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Pico de gallo and quinoa salad

Hello again. I'm back after another hiatus. September was a busy month: three countries, four time zones, a birthday, a wedding, several amazing dinners out, and (oh yes) crunch time at work. But I'm back now and raring to go with a few new recipes.

First up, a sort of non-recipe that turned out to be inspired (in my humble opinion). I had made fajitas with the required accompaniments, i.e. pico de gallo and guacamole, courtesy of my brother's recipe. Surprisingly, I actually had some left over. The guacamole was easy -- I practically ate it with a spoon -- but the pico de gallo was a little more challenging. Luckily, the fridge provides unexpected inspiration through juxtaposition: another container held some quinoa from an earlier meal, and I had an ear of corn -- the last of the summer -- which came in my vegetable box. After throwing in some pinto beans, also from the meal, this combination made for a tasty lunch. Quick and easy for when life gets to be a bit too hectic.

Pico de gallo and quinoa salad

1/2 C. pico de gallo
1/3 C. cooked quinoa
1/2 C. pinto beans
1/3 C. corn
salt to taste

Mix all ingredients together, adjusting lime, salt and pepper to taste.


The Duo Dishes said...

You have to toss in a healthy meal in between the craziness that's starting for all of us. This would work just fine.

Palidor said...

Glad you're back! Yikes, September was crazy for you! Love the salad you made using what you had your fridge.

Astra Libris said...

Oh my goodness, sounds like you've had many whirlwind adventures lately! So wonderful to have you back! :-) Your salad sounds amazing - so vibrant and energizing!!

girlichef said...

OH, pico and quinoa sound like a delicious, healthy combo!! Welcome back ;)

Barbara said...

Having a healthy lunch is sooo important. And difficult to make time for. Good for you- this recipe looks perfect.

teresa said...

welcome back! i have been dying to try quinoa for some time now, this looks wonderful!

Karine said...

Your salad sounds healthy and delicious! I love quinoa :)

doggybloggy said...

I like this combo - serve me up a tostada full!

Velva said...

I have just recently discovered quinoa and I love it! Great recipe for a great working lunch.

Welcome back! I was missing your blog post.

Grace said...

this is pretty much the perfect dish for me. i love every component, and putting them all in combination is sheer brilliance. quinoa rocks. :)

stephchows said...

welcome back! and WOW you've been busy!! this salad sounds perfect, I love hearing new ways to use quinoa!

Chef Fresco said...

I love quinoa! This is a great combo!

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