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I’ve been asked a few times to ‘break down’ how I cook these simple stir-fries and rice messes.  This dish includes red quinoa, tofu, edamame, corn, white kidney beans, and tomatoes.  It was really easy to make, too.


Quinoa:  Pour into pot of bowling water, cook for 5 – 7 minutes, use a spatula to pour off the excess water, and then put back on the burner for another minute until the extra water cooks off.

Tofu:  Follow the cast iron tofu directions (you can do this in a regular pan, too).

Corn:  Canned variety; drained and spread out on a cookie sheet.  Roasted for 10 minutes at 425.  I think the difference was minimal; I would probably just use it straight from the can next time.

Edamame:  This was pre-cooked and from Trader Joe’s.

Tomatoes: Raw and sliced.

White Kidney Beans: Straight from the can!


I topped mine with Earth Balance and the Husband’s with salsa.


See?  Very easy, indeed.


My mommy group had a meet-up at The Baby Grocery store this morning.  I didn’t think I was going to be able to make it (no car), but my friend Heather picked us up.  Yay.

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The Baby Grocery store has a cute playroom that is available for groups.  The six mommies and their kiddos had lots of fun playing.

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Henry’s a toughie.


We tried to get a group shot of the kids but quickly realized that was the STUPIDEST. IDEA. EVER.

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So many cute but blurry faces!



  • Katie January 3, 2013, 3:51 pm

    I wish there was a video of you trying to get the babies all together! Funny stuff 🙂

  • Nadine January 3, 2013, 3:52 pm

    What do you mean by “Henry’s a toughie?” Just curious! Is he the bully, momma’s boy, escape artist???

    • Caitlin January 3, 2013, 3:54 pm

      Haha well I was referring to the hoodie but he tends to bulldoze everyone. :-/

  • Mary January 3, 2013, 3:55 pm

    I’ve never heard of The Baby Grocery Store before, what a cool idea! I don’t even have a baby but I still think its neat.

    Do you ever shop there?

  • Carrie January 3, 2013, 4:00 pm

    Trader Joe’s sells a pretty great fire-roasted frozen corn. The taste you were probably going for and no prep!

  • Amanda January 3, 2013, 4:14 pm

    Hey just an fyi, the easiest way to cook quinoa is to use a 2:1 water to quinoa ratio, cover, heat to a boil, then lower the temp to simmer until all the water is absorbed. This way you don’t have to drain any of the water.

    • Jackie January 3, 2013, 7:07 pm

      I was going to say the same thing. Usually 15 minutes and all the water is absorbed. No draining.

      • Caitlin January 3, 2013, 7:40 pm

        But this way is shorter!

  • Victoria January 3, 2013, 4:24 pm

    That looks like Wyatt… Hope they are doing well. What a great concept for a store! Is is super expensive?

    • Caitlin January 3, 2013, 4:32 pm

      It was about what you would expect to pay for the stuff retail,
      Opposed to online.

      Wyatt says hi!

    • MC January 4, 2013, 2:33 pm

      That’s what I thought, too! Did I miss something – I am assuming Jenn is taking a blog hiatus? Wyatt looks great.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB January 3, 2013, 4:36 pm

    That little girl on the far right of the laying down picture looks super sad. You guys are such mean moms 😉

  • lynne @ lgsmash January 3, 2013, 4:41 pm

    While I’m sure your meal was yummy, I can’t help but think of those quinoa as little ants in the first photo! 🙂

  • Sara @ fitcupcaker January 3, 2013, 4:42 pm

    Ive never heard of a baby grocery store, how cool!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 3, 2013, 5:13 pm

    Those little cuties!! 🙂

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action January 3, 2013, 5:29 pm

    That is an awesome concept- I love that they have a Baby store!

    And all those babies are so cute! Even if they’re a little blurry

  • J January 3, 2013, 5:40 pm

    Did you see the new post today on Jezebel about breastfeeding? It sounded like something that might interest you.

  • Rebecca January 3, 2013, 6:02 pm

    Ahhhhhhh, the little one in the green shirt looks like my son’s friend when he was a little younger! (I think he’s about three or four now.)
    Looks like a fun playtime. 🙂

  • Jolene ( January 3, 2013, 6:33 pm

    A baby grocery store!!? I never knew there was such a thing! Cool!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 3, 2013, 7:10 pm

    Hahahaha it’s hard to get grown ups to all get together for a group picture, I can’t imagine doing it with 6 babies!

  • Lauren January 3, 2013, 7:35 pm

    That’s a really interesting way to cook quinoa. I think I’m preparing it way wrong now and spending far too much time doing so.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 3, 2013, 7:54 pm

    Like many of the other commenters above, I’ve never heard of a baby grocery store. What a cool concept! I guess I’m not sure why no one has ever thought of it before but this one looks so cute! Looks like Henry’s got quite the posse! 🙂

  • Amber K January 3, 2013, 9:26 pm

    lol, trying to take pictures of multiple kids (no matter the age!) is the worst! Although, they are all still cute.

  • jin January 4, 2013, 1:17 am

    Thanks for sharing your stir- fry recipe…I can’t wait to give it a try!!!

  • Brittney January 4, 2013, 6:37 am

    I’m excited for my baby girl to join the play group 🙂

  • May January 4, 2013, 9:39 am

    Do you rinse your quinoa? The grain can have high levels of saponins!

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