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(super simple and delicious quinoa recipe below)

Well hello there my lovely readers!!! Wow, has it been a while since I have blogged. Heres a mini background of what I have been up to.

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photo credit from the amazingly talented Knee's N Toes Photography 

In one word; motherhood. The hardest, most rewarding job on the planet from pregnancy on. Last year at this time I found out I was pregnant with my 2nd child. My second pregnancy was a bit different than my first. I felt much more fatigued no matter what I did. I was truly exhausted. Here was a time in my life that I really needed to practise what I preach and listen to what my body was telling me.  I trusted that I needed to rest as much as I could with a 2 (who's has since turned 3) year old at home. That meant for me going to bed at 8pm pretty much every night with her and lying down when she napped. It was really hard to get anything else done. So between seeing clients (which I am currently offering via skype, phone or email), nourishing myself by cooking healthy meals, running after my 2 year old and trying to get some extra Zzzz’s, that was my life. No time for anything else. We welcomed our 2nd daughter this past June. I am overcome with gratitude for these 2 beautiful angels.

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They both add so much joy to my life. As you parents out there know all to well, it is also the toughest job in the world. It is amazing how much joy and challenge two bundles of love can add to your life. I have learned so much about myself through them. It has been a truly amazing journey so far and is only the beginning for me.

Well, the last time I posted was last fall. Can you believe it? I surely cannot. This year has gone by so fast. I love this time of year. Especially at the farmers market. There are so many locally grown treasures to choose from. I get so inspired to get into the kitchen and start cooking.

This recipe was inspired when I saw the 1st local butternut squash at the market. It is simple to make and is so fresh tasting. I got the original idea from my favorite cookbook, It's All Good By Gweneth Paltrow and just over time made it my own recipe by changing up a few things.

 

Quinoa with Butternut Squash and Arugula 

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1/2 butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes

1 cup of quinoa

2 cups of water or broth

Extra virgin olive oil

1/2 lemon, juiced + zest

3 scallions

1 large handful of fresh arugula

Sea salt to taste

 

To make squash

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Toss the squash with 1-2 tbsp’s of olive oil and a pinch of sea salt to coat
  3. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes

 

To make quinoa

  1. Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh sieve
  2. Place in a pot and add water or broth
  3. Bring to a soft boil, then turn heat down to simmer
  4. Cook for about 15-20 minutes until water is absorbed

 

Putting it all together

  1. Add lemon juice with 2 tbsp (or so) of olive oil and sea salt to the bottom of a large bowl and mix.
  2. Add diced scallions and arugula
  3. Then add quinoa and squash
  4. Mix everything together and enjoy

This is great warm and even better the next day cold. Can be a complete meal or you can top with your favorite protein. I enjoyed it with a piece of fish on top. Perhaps you could sprinkle with some toasted seeds.

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