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Super Easy Quinoa Pie

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This week, I’m going to try to post some simple Easter-inspired dishes.  I’m sure a lot of you are hosting big brunches or dinners next weekend!  We don’t have any grand plans, but I’m looking forward to cooking a delicious meal and spending time with family and friends.  Preferably OUTSIDE because the weather has been A-MAZ-ING recently.


When I hear “Easter food,” I think of HAM.  It’s hard to think of a vegetarian entrée for an Easter meal!  That’s why I baked up this Super Easy Quinoa Pie.  It’s light and delicious, and it would be a perfect entrée for a spring brunch.


Plus – there are only FIVE {real} INGREDIENTS (oil and salt/pepper do not count!).  I love anything that comes together this quickly and tastes this good!



The secret ingredient:  A can of Split Pea Soup!


Ingredients (for about 5 servings):


  • 3 cups COOKED quinoa (I used a red quinoa)
  • 1 cup loosely packed raw spinach, shredded by hand
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 can Split Pea Soup
  • Salt and Pepper to taste




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cook quinoa if you have not done so already.  You need 3 cups of COOKED quinoa.
  • In a small pan, cook the spinach and carrots on the stovetop in the oil.  Cook until just wilted (5 minutes or so).
  • In a large bowl, combine the quinoa, soup, beaten eggs, salt and pepper, and veggies.  Mix well.
  • Pour mix into a greased cast iron skillet or a pie dish.  Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool and set for 10 minutes or so before slicing (or else it will crumble apart).


So – how was your weekend?  Ours was great.  We spent a lot of time outside.  Three cheers for spring – I’m so glad it’s finally REALLY AND TRULY here!


IMG_9338.jpgIsn’t Miss Maggie looking cute these days?  :)



Cinnamon Toasty

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Yay!  I’m home.


Holy heck.  The last two days were a serious whirlwind.  I flew to Pennsylvania and did a grand total of THREE Operation Beautiful speaking events.  One was at a college (Misericordia University) and the others were at a nearby high school.  High school students always like me because I’m getting them out of a class.  Hah.  


I ended up driving a grand total of 7 hours in addition to taking 4 flights, so needless to say… I was pooped by the time it was all over.  I also did a really poor job of eating healthy on the road, which added to the worn down feeling.

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Exhausting – but fun.  I love traveling for Operation Beautiful. <3 


I came home to discover this GIANT Udi’s loaf.  So big!  Kristien went to Costco while I was away, and he said the Udi’s loaves at Costco are ginormous AND cheap. 


I’ve been making my fair share of cinnamon toasty sammies (as Henry calls them).  Basically, it’s toast with coconut oil, cinnamon, and brown sugar.



And salad and some milky tea to round it all out.


So – that’s all.  Nothing exciting to report, but let me tell you – after all that travel, nothing exciting is a GOOD thing.  I’m lovin’ it.


Random question of the day:  Do you get really bad sleep anxiety when you know you have to wake up early?  I DO!  I had a 7:15 AM flight and that threw me into a tizzy – I couldn’t fall sleep and when I did, I woke up every hour.  It was miserable.  I used to get bad pre-race anxiety but I finally got over that a year or so ago.