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Delicious Quinoa Salad

Serves 4


3 Tbsp rasins  (dark or golden)

2 Tbsp dried apricots thinly sliced

1 cup cooked red or white quinoa

1 large lemon, squeezed

Salt to taste

3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 Tsp ground coriander

1/4 Tsp ground cumin

1/4 Tsp sweet paprika

2 medium ripe avocados, cut into 1/2-inch chunks

2 medium scallions, thinly sliced

3 Tbsp chopped almonds

Pepper to taste


- In a medium bowl, soak the raisins and apricots in hot water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside

- Whisk juice from lemon in a small bowl with olive oil, coriander, cumin, paprika

- In a large bowl toss the vinaigrette  with the quinoa, raisins, apricots, avocado, scallions, and almonds. Season with salt and pepper to taste

This quinoa salad is delicious both warm and cold, enjoy! Thanks to Gloria for sharing this recipe with us.



Jerk Chicken Wings

Ingredients: 1/4 cup minced red onion 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper 2 teaspoons cider vinegar 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper 1/2 cup chicken stock 1 1/2 lbs chicken drummettes (you can also use chicken thighs, breast, even tofu)

-Combine first 11 ingredients in a large bowl; add chicken and liquid to a ziploc bag and marinade overnight. -My preferred method of cooking these is on the grill for about 6 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cooked through. -You could also cook them on a pre-heated medium-high heat pan on the stove.

These are so delicious and easy to make! We usually grill up a couple plantains and some asparagus to go with it. To grill a plantain, make sure it's black and ripe, cut it in half lengthwise. Brush them with olive oil and a sprinkle of brown sugar if desired and grill about 8 minutes on each side. Try this recipe out, I guarantee you won't regret it!

Aunt Ronna's Go-To Chicken

Ingredients: 6 large skinless breasts, cut up in into big (about 2-3 inch) chunks Can of pitted black olives, drained Can of chickpeas, drained Jar of spaghetti sauce or 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes Pepper, Salt, Garlic to taste

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees - Place all ingredients in a foil lined (easy cleanup) baking dish - Bake 1 hr-1hr 15 min until chicken is done

My aunt usually serves this over pasta or potatoes with spinach or broccoli. It makes for great leftovers too. So easy and so yummy, thanks Aunt Ronna!