Quinoa Salad with Beets + Oranges

Maria Speck‘s award-winning first cookbook Ancient Grains for Modern Meals is one of my favorites, so I was extremely pleased when I heard Maria was writing a follow up. Her new book is called Simply Ancient Grains: Fresh and Flavorful Whole Grain Recipes for Living Well and I am happy to say this book is just as lovely as the first. It features beautiful, innovative ways to fit grains including amaranth, buckwheat, freekeh, millet, quinoa, sorghum, and teff into your life.

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Beets and Oranges from @winnieab | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

Ancient grains are wholesome and versatile staple foods, and Maria will inspire you to think way outside the box with recipes such as Burgundy Bulger with Blueberries and Orange Blossom Water, Sweet Potato and Oat Cakes with Blue Cheese and Sage, and Lemony Millet Pudding with Caramelized Grapes. I made her gorgeous Quinoa Salad with Roasted Beets for a family gathering and it quickly disappeared…I am certain you will have a similar experience with her recipes :)

Quinoa Salad with Roasted Beets and Oranges from @winnieab | www.healthygreenkitchen.com

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Silent Saturday: Beets

(Three of my favorite beet salads: Roasted Beet Salad with Candied Pecans, Cara Cara Orange, Beet, and Goat Cheese Salad, and Roasted Beet Salad with Mint and Feta.)

Cara Cara Orange, Beet, and Goat Cheese Salad

This has been one of the strangest winters I can remember. We’re in the third week of January and I’ve yet to see a single snowflake drop from the sky around here. My kids aren’t exactly thrilled with the situation, but in addition to not having to shovel and navigate treacherous roads, a benefit of … Read more

Roasted Beet Salad with Mint and Feta

Roasting is my favorite cooking method for beets. After I roast the beets, I love to add them to salads like this one. This Roasted Beet Salad features flavors that are fairly typical of Middle Eastern cuisine…and I think it’s a keeper. I used homemade preserved lemons in this recipe, but you are welcome to … Read more