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How Do You Pronounce That?

I have not had a hamburger in over a year.

It’s true.

That whole gallbladder debacle  of 2012 scared my bowels straight.

The thing is, I kind of don’t miss hamburgers.

I had to change the way I ate during that time which meant eating a lot of healthy *gasp* meals.

And you know what?

They were good.

Excellent even.

I found a recipe online one day and it called for “quinoa”. I had no idea where to even find it in the grocery store. I asked a young strapping lad named Ted (I actually have no idea what his name was but his breath smelled and I bet that you’re questioning why I was close enough to his mouth to smell his breath and I am going to tell you to mind your business) where the “quin-oa-something-something” was. He didn’t know. So he asked the pharmacist because that was totally logical.

The pharmacist looked at him and said, “It’s pronounced KEEN-wah”.

I elbowed “Ted” and said, “Told you.”

Anyways, the quinoa was in the organic section and cost me a million dollars and my left shoe, but it was worth it. The stuff is good.

Since spring is noted on the calendar (because it is nothing like spring here) I thought that I would try making some lighter meals and salads that are perfect for patio dinning. Or in my neck of the Canadian woods, indoor dinning.

I found this gem on Life Made Delicious and thought I’d give it a go.

Quinoa And Corn Salad

1/2 cup (125 mL) uncooked quinoa

1 cup (250 mL) water

3/4 cup (175 mL) Green Giant* Frozen Niblets* Whole Kernel Corn

1 cucumber, peeled, if desired

2 stalks celery sliced (3/4 cup/175 mL)

1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 cup (125 mL) red onion, cut into thin bite-size pieces


2 tbsp (25 mL) white wine vinegar

2 tbsp (25 mL) fresh lime juice

1 clove garlic, finely chopped

1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin

1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt

1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper

1/4 cup (50 mL) olive oil

2 tbsp (25 mL) finely chopped fresh cilantro (you can omit this if your kid hates green things)


  • Rinse quinoa in cold water; drain in fine-mesh strainer. In 1-quart saucepan, heat quinoa and 1 cup water to boiling. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 to 20 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender. Cool slightly. Meanwhile, cook corn as directed on package; cool.
  • Cut cucumber in half lengthwise; remove seeds and cut into 1 1/2×1/4-inch strips. In large salad bowl, place cucumber, celery, bell pepper, red onion, cooked quinoa and corn.
  • In small bowl, beat vinegar, lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper with whisk until blended. Beat in oil. Pour dressing over quinoa mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cilantro.

The verdict?


This is the part where you scroll back up and admire my terrible food photography skills and imagine that it looks 100x better.

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Disclosure:  I am participating in the Life Made Delicious Ambassador program and receive special perks as part of my affiliation.




  1. That actually looks quite impressive and tasty! But no hamburgers? Balderdash. Or bullshit. Same thing.

  2. Yum! I am always looking for good recipes, I’ll have to try it. I made my first quinoa recipe this winter, and haven’t looked back. My 2 and 6 year old even like quinoa. Don’t you feel like such a good mom when your kids actually like and eat the healthy meals you make 🙂

  3. jen jen

    Give me the burger! My husband like that stuff and so does my mother. I’m sure your recipe is great but that stuff tastes like dirt to me ;0

  4. I’m still unclear on what this quinoa stuff is. But as my gallbladder keeps trying to karate chop the rest of my innards, I’m pretty sure I’m going to need to know. And soon.

  5. Not a big quinoa fan here. Tried it a few times and no luck. Yet. Or maybe ever. We’ll see. :>

  6. What kind of special perks do you get? Do they include being felt up? I’d like that as a perk. The few times I’ve had quinoa (which I didn’t stop calling (out loud, because in my mind, it’s still incorrect) keh-no-ah until last year) it’s been just ok. I want it to wow me. Maybe it will with corn?

  7. That looks yummy…I once bought a salad at Offerdahls with chicken and quinoa…I only ate the chicken…need to try it…and you’re braver than me, I try to avoid preparing any meals for fear of food poisoning or negative critics…I need to though, eating out is expensive, and not good on my already large Cuban thighs.

  8. My husband makes it all of the time – it certainly took me awhile to pronounce the name and warm up to it, but there are some great perks. Like that recipe you posted!

  9. I would probably eat quinoa if it wasn’t pronounced in such a silly, pretentious way. KEENwahTEVER.

  10. So, I’ve been sucked away by my lack of computer, and it was hard to choose which of your missed posts I should read first – like a kid in a candy store.

    We eat quinoa all the time and I love it too. I often just use it in place of rice to absorb whatever sauce I’m making with it.

  11. Hello, my lovely! Thanks for sharing this recipe! I have heaps of Quinoa recipes, but none with corn! I’ll make this sometime this week! XOXOX

    How are you?!?!

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