- “What on earth is Quinoa?!”
- “Man, you guys eat weird stuff!”
- “I feel sorry for your husband. You always cook weird food.”
- “Sushi? Gross! I hate fish!”
- “Blech! Couscous?! Tofu?!? What is that?!”
- “I can’t believe your 3 year old eats that stuff!”
These are all things I’ve grown accustomed to hearing from friends over the past few years. Constantly in awe of why I don’t feed my family “normal” food like chicken fingers and fries or Mac ‘n Cheese, I get a lot of disgusted looks when I feed my family things like Quinoa salad, Pad Thai, sushi, or Pho. To me, these are “normal” foods. These are things I’m accustomed to eating.
It’s not like I never feed my family chicken fingers or Mac ‘n Cheese. I do on occasion. Mostly, I don’t deprive my child of foods common to her peers, because I don’t want her to be ostracized in school as being “the kid who eats weird food” and I don’t want her to feel she needs to hide in a corner and eat these “treats” in the closet. I want her to have a healthy relationship with food. Everything in moderation.
Though we try not to give her too much sugar, she does get treats every now and then. I’ve even bribed her with chocolate when she was potty training! Hey, stickers didn’t work on her because they weren’t a treat. She gets to play with stickers all the time. She rarely gets candy or junk food, so potty incentives that include things that she rarely gets were very effective!
This said, I’m not so secretly elated that my 3 year old isn’t a junk food fan. She absolutely loves food of all kinds, but doesn’t like fried, greasy, overly sweet/sugary foods. I know! What 3 year old doesn’t love French Fries?!? Mine!!! Yes, the kid will not eat fries. “They’re yucky and greasy!” I totally plead innocence on that one. She came up with that on her own! She does love chicken strips though.
Anyway, I wanted to share a fabulous recipe that my little one and I both love, love, love! Hubby says “It’s pretty good for something that doesn’t have any meat in it.”
Hubby is still getting used to Quinoa. He is a veritable meat and potatoes farm boy. When I received that package of President’s Choice Blue Menu and PC Organics items, I noticed a box of golden and black Quinoa. I normally buy the regular Quinoa, but this one looked really interesting with the variety of colour.
Yet another reason I love President’s Choice products! They offer a huge variety of healthy items from their Blue Menu and PC Organics lines! I love that President’s Choice has launched their Live Life Well campaign too.
C’s Quinoa Salad with Tofu, Mushrooms & Carrots
1 box of PC Organics golden and black Quinoa
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves or garlic, chopped
1 large carrot, grated
1 pkg of firm tofu, diced
a little bit of oil
freshly ground black pepper
- Cook Quinoa as per package directions (bring water to boil, add Quinoa, cover, simmer for 25 minutes).
- In a pan, heat oil and sautee onion and garlic. Add tofu and mushrooms. Season as desired.
- Once Quinoa is cooked, fluff it with a fork (as you would with couscous). Put cooked Quinoa into a large serving bowl.
- Add browned tofu and cooked mushroom, onion, and garlic to the bowl of Quinoa. Add grated carrot. Gently mix so that ingredients so that each serving has an even distribution of ingredients.
- *Optional* I love President’s Choice Memories of Thailand Fiery Thai Chili Pepper Sauce. I sometimes add some to the dish to give it a little bit of kick. LOVE IT!
Little One loves her Quinoa salad. She shocked us when she had three helpings!
Serve as a side dish or as your main. We often have seasonal veggies with this. Sometimes I include a meat dish as well.
Disclosure – To help spread the word about President’s Choice’s healthy food items and the Live Life Well program, we received a variety of President’s Choice Blue Menu and PC Organics products to try. The opinions on this blog are honest and my own.