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Check out my wonderful house guest! 


Megan is staying with me for a few nights.  And in exchange for a comfy bed, she decided to make me the most delicious dinner ever. 


Actually, this dinner is a simplified version of a dish from Veganomicon, an amazing cookbook that I absolutely LOVE and recommend. 


Megan posted the step-by-step instructions on her blog.  This quinoa dish is basically a healthy version of sweet-and-sour. 


In the mix:


Quinoa (boiled in pineapple juice)

Pineapple chunks





Red pepper


This was very, very good.  I think prepping the quinoa in the pineapple juice is key.  We made a huge double batch, and I suspect it will only get better the longer it sits in the fridge.  


And we actually ate dessert before dinner.  We went to Trade Joe’s to buy ingredients and came across the taste-test bar, where they were serving up cookies and ice cream.  But alas – only ONE was left!


Whomp whomp.


Never fear – the sweet employee made us three more samples each.  Gotta love Trader Joe’s.


Time for some TV with my buddy.  And nail paintin’.  Grown-up sleepover!



  • MegaNerd September 1, 2011, 9:58 pm

    Love you, friend!

    Can’t wait for this Jersey Shore fight… it’s going DOWN!

  • Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 1, 2011, 10:00 pm

    I loveeee grown-up sleepovers! How is it that we do almost all the same things (but now with wine) that we did when we were tweenagers? Still the nail-painting, the gossip, the late-night treats 🙂

  • Keelie (SweatEqualsSuccess) September 1, 2011, 10:07 pm

    Hooray for grownup sleepovers! Have a blast!

    P.S. Pineapple quinoa is making me drool!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 1, 2011, 10:13 pm

    Yay for grown up sleepovers! Have fun 🙂

  • Baking N Books September 1, 2011, 10:14 pm

    Too cute. Pls come make me dinner? 🙂

  • Emily September 1, 2011, 10:16 pm

    Looks like a great dinner and sounds like a great night 🙂 I’m glad I’m not the only one who has grown-up sleepovers with friends from far away!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 1, 2011, 10:18 pm

    The headshot of you on your bike on your sidebar, and the 1st pic of Megan, you two could be sisters!! 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 1, 2011, 10:22 pm

    that is such an interesting idea – boiling quinoa in pineapple juice! And gotta love TJ’s… amazing place.

  • Army Amy* September 1, 2011, 10:23 pm

    I love when my bestie stays with me. It doesn’t happen often, but it reminds me of the good old days of slumber parties!*

  • Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life September 1, 2011, 10:24 pm

    That recipe looks so great! I’ve never thought of quinoa boiled in pineapple juice! That sounds amaze! I’ve been on a huge pineapple kick and have been craving it like crazy!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg September 1, 2011, 10:27 pm

    That dinner looks delicious! Having house guests is always fun 🙂

  • Mary September 1, 2011, 10:27 pm

    Have fun with your grown up sleep over, The episode of Jersey shore thats on tonight is in-tense! even though I’ve seen it already haha!

  • Morgan @ Endorphaholic September 1, 2011, 10:28 pm

    I love Trader Joe’s! In fact, I’m applying there tomorrow morning!

  • Khushboo September 1, 2011, 11:14 pm

    Cookies AND ice cream before dinner- I like yo style!! 🙂

  • Tracy @ Tracy's Treats September 1, 2011, 11:22 pm

    That is such an interesting way to prepare quinoa…I’ll have to try it sometime!

  • maria @ a life to Bragg about September 1, 2011, 11:24 pm

    OMG that dish looks to die for! I’m always down for cooking quinoa in other types of juices and broth but I would have NEVER thought of pineapple juice. Must try this STAT 😀

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) September 1, 2011, 11:34 pm

    That dish looks fab! I wonder how quinoa cooked in pineapple juice would be as a breakfast dish…. I see an experiment in my future.

  • Chelsea September 1, 2011, 11:41 pm

    Nummmm! Looks simple and delicious!

  • Lorin September 1, 2011, 11:47 pm

    That’s why I love TJ’s! Love samples. I actually had that sample as well without the cookie, pretty good. But it wasn’t my dessert 😛

  • mi-an d. September 2, 2011, 1:49 am

    that look so delicious!! 🙂 love the idea of boiling quinoa in pineapple juice. TJ’s peeps are so awesome. one time i was there and i wanted to try goat’s milk yogurt, the employee goes no worries we can open one for you to taste. a WHOLE HUGE thing of goat’s milk yogurt, you know bc they don’t come in small size. love it.

  • Ashley @ Cooking for John September 2, 2011, 2:17 am

    I used to make the Pineapple Cashew Quinoa stir fry from Veganomicon all the time when I first bought the cookbook-incredible! Sounds like a perfect evening,Jersey Shore and all! 😉

  • Ashley @ Cooking for John September 2, 2011, 2:17 am

    I used to make the Pineapple Cashew Quinoa stir fry from Veganomicon all the time when I first bought the cookbook-incredible! Sounds like a perfect evening,Jersey Shore and all! 😉

  • Jennifer September 2, 2011, 5:51 am

    That pineapple quinoa looks really good. My boyfriend won’t eat quinoa and protests if he ever sees it being brought out of the cupboard but maybe this could be the dish to change his mind!

  • sarah@spinach and spice September 2, 2011, 6:15 am

    Have fun, girls! That pineapple cashew quinoa looks incredible. Looove TJ’s and their willingness to hand out free samples like it’s nothin 😉

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 2, 2011, 6:35 am

    I love sleepovers! Have fun 🙂

    The quinoa looks delish!

  • Hillary September 2, 2011, 7:05 am

    Boiling quinoa in pineapple juice? Um, genius.

    And I would live at TJ’s if I could. True story.

  • September 2, 2011, 7:20 am

    I have that cookbook, and I can’t believe I managed to miss that recipe! It looks so delicious!
    Dessert before dinner is always a good move!

  • Molly @ RDexposed September 2, 2011, 8:04 am

    Border’s going out of business is that perfect time to buy this book!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness September 2, 2011, 10:30 am

    Aaah…a grown up sleepover sounds so much fun! 😀 Have a blast! xyx

  • KatieG @ Just Roll With It September 2, 2011, 10:47 am

    Love Trader Joes! And love cookies and cream!

  • Amber K September 2, 2011, 1:12 pm

    Grown-up sleepover FTW! How fun, have a great time!

  • Clare September 2, 2011, 2:19 pm

    I Looooooove that recipe! It’s addictive; watch out!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf September 3, 2011, 10:09 am

    Haha, a grown up sleepover – I love those!

  • Meredith September 4, 2011, 10:38 am

    i really want that cookbook! enjoy your slumber party 🙂

  • KT November 6, 2013, 3:34 pm

    Did anyone else run into issues with the link not working? It looks good, but I can’t get to the step by step instructions.

  • Olivia October 5, 2014, 5:49 pm

    The link to Megan’s blog for the sweet and sour recipe is not working.

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