“Want to learn to eat a lot?  Here it is: Eat a little.  That way, you will be around long enough to eat a lot.”  Tony Robbins

So here is a recipe with a bit of carbs in it, which can easily fit into a wheat-free diet if eaten in moderation.  Simply take a small portion of this and load the rest of your plate with veggies.

I made this the other day because I had some leftover quinoa in the fridge.  The quinoa had been cooked in broth so it was good to go.  I did have to saute’ the rest of the ingredients by themselves and then toss everything together for a class picture.


2 T coconut oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 small red pepper, finely chopped

1 small clove garlic, minced

1 carrot, shredded

1 1/4 cup veggie or chicken broth

1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained

1/2 t salt

1/4 cup pistachios, toasted


First you’re going to cook the onion and pepper for about 5 minutes in the oil.  Then you’re going to add the garlic and carrot and cook that for another minute.  Garlic, if cooked too long, gets bitter, sort of like some people.

Stage 2 involves adding the broth to the veggies and bringing it to a boil.  When it’s boiling simply add the quinoa, reduce the heat, cover, and play computer games for 12 to 15 minutes.  Allow the magnificent dish you’re creating to gently simmer. SET THE TIMER!   I know whereof I speak.

After you remove the dish from the heat add the salt and toasted pistachios.


Place pistachios onto a baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes.  Done!


Quinoa, for the uninitiated, has a natural bitterness to it.  This bitterness disappears if the quinoa is rinsed  for about 20 seconds.  Just put the quinoa into a strainer with small holes and run water over it.  This bitterness rinses off easily but keeps birds from eating the quinoa in the wild.


This is the quinoa in the cast iron pan before I placed it into an elegant dish (my story) and served it with leftover beef in gravy, asparagus fries (April 6), green beans, and accidental bread sticks (April 9).  My husband declared the meal delicious.  I celebrated the end of leftovers.   Everyone marches to their own drum!

Loveya – The Grandma


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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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