A Week of Main Course Salads

A Week of Main Course Salads

From Fried Meyer Lemon Caesar Salad to Kale-Grape Salad with Thai Curry Vinaigrette, these seven salads are over-the-top delicious and hearty enough to be a meal!You might think I'm dishing up salads for a week because it's a new year -- and we should be eating lighter after the holidays, dieting or … [Read more...]

Red Quinoa Crisps Recipe

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This is not what you think!  Here's the thing, not everybody enjoys quinoa.  (GASP!)  I think I'm going to change those folks today, though.  You see I've found a way to raise quinoa to another level.  A superior level.  I've always liked quinoa, but I must say, using this cooking technique I'm going to show you, I now … [Read more...]

Bob’s Red Mill Giveaway + Crispy Red Quinoa Almond-Tomato Burger Recipe {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

Crispy Red Quinoa Almond-Tomato "Burger" Recipe + Bob's Red Mill Giveaway | cookingontheweekends.com

Gluten-free and vegetarian, these burgers are ridiculously delicious and flavorful.  (And by "ridiculously," I mean wonderfully, incredibly, amazingly, and so on.)  And it's all about red quinoa from Bob's Red Mill.While I've worked with quinoa quite a bit, I think this is my favorite use of it.  And the … [Read more...]

Meyer Lemon-Black Quinoa Plum and Avocado Salad Recipe

r Lemon-Black Quinoa Plum and Avocado Salad Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

Making this salad felt a bit like painting a picture.You see, as I was cooking the black quinoa, I spotted my big bowl ripe plums out of the corner of my eye. I thought their bright reddish color would look so pretty against the beautifully textured, black quinoa. Then I imagined how lovely the soft green color of … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Quinoa Crusted “Fried” Chicken Recipe

Gluten-Free Quinoa Crusted "Fried" Chicken Recipe  | Cooking On The Weekends

When was the last time you had some finger-lickin' good fried chicken?I had some last night, and believe it or not (actually, believe it!), it was boneless, skinless chicken with a crunchy, super delicious quinoa crust, that was fried in a small amount of olive oil.I love quinoa with chicken (especially … [Read more...]

Smoky Lemon-Paprika Quinoa Recipe

Smoky Lemon Paprika Quinoa Recipe | Cooking On The Weekends

I love smoked paprika -- and even more, I love when I'm able to add the word "smoky" to a recipe title.  It seems to add allure and mystery -- and it always hints towards deliciousness.This is no ordinary quinoa my friends, each seed (yup, quinoa is a seed, not a grain), is packed with the flavors of the smoked … [Read more...]

Ancho Chile-Red Wine and Grape Roasted Chicken and Quinoa

Ancho Chile-Red Wine Grape Roasted Chicken and Quinoa on http://cookingontheweekends.com #chickenrecipes

Many of the recipes I create come from my own food cravings.I woke up a few weeks ago in need of a warm, cozy comfort food meal.  And not for breakfast -- but for that evening.I wanted something with rich, bold, warming flavors. And I wanted to make a project of it, because for me, the process is where part of … [Read more...]

Roasted Kale Chip-Quinoa Salad With Pancetta and Tomato Vinaigrette

Roasted Kale Chip-Quinoa Salad With Pancetta and Tomato Vinaigrette

Did you know kale chips are not just for eating on their own!?I made this salad for the first time yesterday, and I absolutely love it!  It's healthy, beautiful, sweet, crisp, and full of flavor.  It's a meal. It's a side dish. It's lunch, brunch, or dinner. And it's so crazy delicious!In my experience, anyone … [Read more...]

Friday Flowers: Hibiscus and Pineapple-Quinoa Berry Salad With Shrimp


Hibiscus flowers will always remind me of my beautiful and relaxing honeymoon. The biggest decision on the blissful island of Huahini in French Polynesia, was whether to lay on the deck of our bungalow in the ocean, or on the warm sand with ocean waves splashing over me.  Rough, I know.Hibiscus flowers remind me of … [Read more...]