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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.

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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.

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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!

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The secret ingredient:  A can of Split Pea Soup!

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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

 

Directions:

 

  • 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).

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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!

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

 

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Cinnamon Toasty

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Yay!  I’m home.

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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. 

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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.

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

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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.

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