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Quinoa Curry Salad

September 6, 2017

Quinoa Curry Salad

This Quinoa Curry Salad is one of my newest recipes I created.  The curry flavor mixed with the sweetness of the cranberries and the tanginess of the lemon juice and zest all blend in together very nicely.

Quinoa is one of my favorite go to’s because of the health benefits.  Botanically Quinoa is not classified as a grain, although nutritionally it is considered a whole grain.  Quinoa is naturally gluten-free and contains iron, B-vitamins, magnesium phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamin E, and fiber. It is one of only a few plant foods that are considered a complete protein, containing all nine essential amino acids.

Quinoa

Most of the time I buy the organic quinoa in the frozen section at Trader Joe’s.  However, you can buy the kind you cook over the stove as well.

 

 

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Quinoa Curry Salad
Quinoa Curry Salad with cranberries, sliced almonds, scallions, lemon juice, lemon zest, curry powder and olive oil. This salad goes great with any type of meat due to the complex flavors.
Course Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Sides
Cuisine American Food
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Course Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Sides
Cuisine American Food
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 15 Minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat up the Trader Joe's quinoa per package instructions, or cook other brand of quinoa per package instructions.
  2. Place quinoa in large bowl and let cool for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add the juice and zest of both lemons as well as the curry and olive oil and stir.
  4. Then add the chopped scallions, dried cranberries and sliced almonds and mix well.
  5. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving.
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Fig Jam

August 3, 2017

Gourmet Girl Does Real Estate

Fresh figs can be found this time of year in the produce section at some gourmet groceries stores or farmers markets.  Believe it or not there are about 6 different types of figs:  Black Mission Figs, Brown Turkey Figs, Adriatic Figs (also called white figs), Calimyrna Figs, and Kodota Figs which are less sweet than the other figs.

Figs in basket

I found the Brown Turkey Figs, and they are very sweet.  Figs are one of those fruits that can be used for so many things.  You use them in a salad, on a cheese platter freshly cut or in jam form like this recipe.  you can also use it to baste on a pork tenderloin or chop.  It would also be really great with lamb.  And of course my original intent when I bought the figs was to braise them in a port and serve over ice cream, but I decided I would make this jam instead.

Figs with Sugar for Jam

I hope you enjoy this recipe!  If you like it, I would love to have you comment on my blog post for this recipe.

 

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Fig Jam
Fig Jam
Gourmet Girl Does Real Estate
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
cips
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
cips
Ingredients
Gourmet Girl Does Real Estate
Instructions
  1. Cut the top part of the stem off of the figs and dice.
  2. Place the figs in a large bowl with the sugar and mix. Set in the refrigerator for one hour.
  3. Place the fix and sugar mixture in a sauce pan and turn on medium to medium low heat.
  4. Add the zest of the 2 lemons along with their juice.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for approximately 30 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Frequent stir until done.
  6. I personally like to keep the jam chunky, but if you wanted it more smooth you could put the jam in a food processor to puree if you wanted.
  7. Once done, you can store in mason jars and refrigerate. The jam should last like most other jams because of the acidity of the lemons and balsamic vinegar.
Recipe Notes

Ways to use my fig jam:

  • Serve with a cheese platter
  • Serve over ice cream
  • Serve on toast
  • Make PBJs
  • Baste over pork or lamb
  • Great gift idea in mason jars
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