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Quinoa with Kalamata Olives

Quinoa Pronounced “KEEN-wah” has a light fluffy, creamy, slightly crunchy texture and a somewhat nutty flavor when cooked.

Actually a seed, quinoa is rich in amino acids (protein).  Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus, quinoa may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

INGREDIENTS:

1 Cup Quinoa (uncooked)

1/4 Cup Tastefully Simple Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix

1/4 Cup Pitted and Chopped Kalamata Olives

Fresh Herbs for Garnish (Basil, chives, parsley or oregano)

Cook 1 Cup of quinoa according to the package. Once most of the water has been absorbed, add the Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix and kalamarta olives.  Cover and let stand 3 – 5 minutes.  Garnish with fresh Serve as a main course or side dish.  EnJOY!

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Spring is here, pick yourself a bouquet of fresh Asparagus.

A few of my favorite ideas for spring meals are to drizzle Tastefully Simple Asian Honey Mustard Dressing over fresh steamed asparagus al dente .  Another great dressing to use is our Vidalia Onion Dressing.  Both dressings are great over asparagus that has been either steamed, grilled or roasted in the over!

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My customers love the Absolutely Almond Pound Cake by Tastefully Simple.

Feeling guilty beacause of all the butter?

Try replacing the butter with 3/4 cup of your favorite flavored yogurt! Blueberry, vanilla,  lemon or even chocolate yogurt!  Get creative and choose your favorite yogurt flavor! Add the water as directed on the box.

Bon Appetit!

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