Pear Cranberry Avocado Quinoa


This is a perfect dish for the Fall. It tastes very  much like guacamole (It really does, really!). I read a tip on pinterest about soaking quinoa for a few minutes prior to cooking it and rubbing it with your fingers to release the bitter taste into the water that you then rinse off. This tip was helpful as the quinoa was not bitter at all. Feel free to be creative with additions into your quinoa recipes. Quinoa is so versatile. It is healthy, easy, quick, and delicious. I will be making this again for my family soon.


1 cup quinoa (soaked in water for 3 minutes and rinsed well)

1 and 1/2 cup water

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon cumin

kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, rinsed and chopped

2 green onions, rinsed and chopped

1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped

1 pear, diced

1/2 large avocado, diced

Soak quinoa for a few minutes (3-5) and rub quinoa seeds between your fingers to release bitter coating. Rinse well and place in a saucepan with water. Cook for 10-12 minutes. Drain excess water. Place quinoa in a large salad bowl and add remaining ingredients. Toss. Serve. Enjoy!







Chipotle Mashed Potatoes

Great for Thanksgiving or any time of year.

This recipe is adapted from Pati’s Mexican Table, a great show on Create. Here is a link to her original recipe.

I made these for Thanksgiving dinner and they were delicious but I like to make them any time of year. I use two chiles from a can of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce (or Chiles Chipotles Adobados) by La Costena. These chiles are my new favorite ingredient. You can add them to tortilla soup, enchiladas, tacos, chalupas, etc. The flavor is warm, sweet, spicy, and complex. If you want to tone down the spiciness but maintain the rich flavor, simple rinse the seeds out of the chile prior to adding it your food. For my version, I use one complete chile, seeds and all and one rinsed chile (seeds removed). This level of spice works for my family although I reserve a little extra on the side to add extra spice for myself.

1 bag (2 lbs) small red potatoes

3 tablespoons butter

5 scallions/green onions, chopped (white part and the light green part), save the stem parts for a garnish

2 chiles from a can of Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce. chopped

1/2 cup milk

kosher salt and pepper to taste


Rinse and drain potatoes. Pat dry. Cut into quarters. In a large pot, bring water to boil. Add potatoes and cook for 20 minutes in boiling water until cooked and soft. In a large skillet, melt butter (or olive oil). Add in scallions and cook for 2-3 minutes until they are soft and translucent. Add chopped chiles. Add the cooked potatoes and add milk in slowly until mixture is well blended. Potatoes will be chunky. Garnish with chopped stems of scallions. Enjoy!