Hey Everyone,In the spirit of Earth Day, we thought we’d share a green living, healthy food and wine recipe you can try over the weekend. Buying seasonal, local food is a boon for the environment for a lot of reasons. Since most food travels many miles to reach your table (1,500 miles, on average), locally sourced food cuts back on the climate-change impacts of transportation. Local food also generally uses less packaging, is more fresh, ultimately tastes better, and comes in more varieties. Hit up a local farm stand near you to purchase the ingredients if possible.Quinoa Casserole
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1/4 cup dried currants
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 2 Tbls olive oil
- 1 cup celery, chopped small
- 2 medium carrots
- 2 small zucchini
- 1 summer squash
- 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 cup boiling water
- Feel free to substitute veggies, or add mushrooms & onions
- 1 or 2 bay leaves
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- a pinch of cayenne
- 1/2 tsp dried ginger,
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp rock salt
- 1/4 cup minced parsley or cilantro
- fresh ground pepper to taste
- Heat olive oil on medium in a large sauté pan or frying pan
- Chop celery in small pieces
- Peel and chop carrots in 1/2 inch pieces
- Chop zucchini and summer squash in 1 inch pieces
- Boil water, add quinoa, simmer 12 min covered, let stand for 5 min
- Stir fry celery until transparent, then add carrots (stir fry five minutes)
- Add zucchini (stir fry one minute)
- Add the spices, except for the fresh herb and salt, lower heat and stir
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add all ingredients into a casserole dish
- Stir in 1 3/4 cups boiling water, cover, and bake 20 minutes.
- Before serving, remove the bay leaves and cinnamon stick
- Stir in the minced fresh parsley or cilantro, fresh ground pepper
Crisp Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of lemongrass, peach flavor and a round body.
While you’re making the meal, play some tunes!
Our pick is Pearl Jam (an all-time favorite). The alt-rockers fit the green bill. Interesting fact: For the past two decades, Pearl Jam has spent over $200,000 to improve forestry in Washington State to donating $100,000 to several groups that focus on climate change as part of the band’s Carbon Portfolio Strategy.
Rock out with this recipe!
Cheers,The Hello Vino Team