Instagram Food: Lemon Quinoa Cilantro Chickpea Salad

Here’s the recipe as promised (only two days late).  So I found this baby five years ago on the food blog The Diva Dish and it still rocks!  Plus her other recipes are just as fabulous!

Lemon Quinoa Cilantro Chickpea Salad (photo and recipe courtesy of the Diva Dish)
  • ½ c. dry quinoa
  • 1½ c. vegetable broth
  • (OR 1 c. prepared/cooked quinoa)
  • 1 c. garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ diced onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, bottom stems cut off
  • 2 c. spinach
  • (dressing)
  • 2 tsp. dijon mustard
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 juicy lemon, or two not so juicy lemons 🙂
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • salt and pepper
  1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions. I like to use a rice cooker on the white rice setting to make it easy!
  2. Once the quinoa is cooked, set it aside to cool.
  3. In a food processor, add cilantro and spinach. Process the greens until the are chopped up finely.
  4. In a bowl, add the chickpeas, chopped greens, tomatoes, avocado, onion, and garlic.
  5. In a bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together. Pour over the salad.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Let sit in the fridge until ready to eat! Enjoy!

Side Note:

I normally fiddle with recipes a bit because that’s just how I am.  I never have with this one because it’s that good. Every. Time.  But if you’re planning on making this for the guy you’ve just started seeing and he’s staying over that night…don’t.  This salad detoxes, meaning there’s a decent chance you’ll need to shower the next morning because you reek of onion and cumin. But don’t be scared! It’s good. Promise. But just maybe wait until your Facebook official for like 6 months.

Hope you guys enjoy and check out her blog!  She has great eats!

– S.S. Jaxon

26 Thoughts for 27

1. Throw away the scale.  155 lbs of muscle looks better than 145 lbs of dieting fads.  Want to know your weight?  Go to the doctor.  Go to a gym.  But checking it incessantly is damaging, and hurts your journey to better health rather than helping it.

2. Date. Even though it is mostly a banging-your-head-against-the-wall experience, date.  You’d be amazed by the things you learn about yourself and what you want in a partner.

3. On writing days, even though I’m going to be mostly in front of my computer, get dressed. The act of getting ready for the day, even if it’s spent at home, boosts productivity.

4. Don’t let guys get away with being lazy.  Don’t be cowered by the “why do guys have to put in all the effort?” complaint.  Why do girls have to get all dolled up for a first date?  The “I got tired of putting in effort to planning dates for nothing,” excuse is bullshit. A guy will always put effort into getting laid.  If he has a “bad” lay, he will still continue to put effort into getting laid. So if he can put effort into getting laid, he can put effort into asking you out.

5.  First dates should be planned 48 hours in advance and solid plans should be made.  If they’re not then they don’t take you or your time seriously.

6. It’s okay to say no.  Not making plans is much better than flaking on plans later.

7.  Call over text.  It’s amazing how much I hate texting now.  For the occasional correspondence it’s fine, but conversations that go deeper than “look at this funny meme,” or a quick “how’s your day going?,” should be on the phone.  If you want to talk to me call me.  I’ll call you. Let’s facetime!  Let me show you how crazy I look because of all my notes and outlines posted on my wall about butt plugs and how long it takes for a body to decompose.  It’ll be great.

8.  Actively guard your body as well as your heart. If you’re at a place to have sex just to have sex and not get emotionally attached, awesome (and by awesome I mean you lucky bitch).  But make it a conscious decision, not an in the moment one.  There are few women who can have sex without emotional attachment and that’s okay. Recognize it.  Own it.

9. Don’t have sex with someone for the first time drunk.  Seriously.   Drunk sex is awesome with someone you’re dating and have been with for a while, and most importantly TRUST. But with someone you’ve just met? You’ll probably regret it. Plus sex sober is better anyways.  Much less bumping and fear of accidental *cough* placement. And if they aren’t into having sex sober, than they aren’t that into you.

10.  Invest in batteries (& condoms).  Vibrators/dildos are awesome.   They give women the option of pleasure without a man or the risk of carpal tunnel.  A woman who has a way to seek pleasure on her own is less likely to have “regret sex.”  That being said, those babies use batteries quickly. So stock up! (Yay Costco trip!) Also, be a grown up and buy some condoms.  That way, when you do find a guy who you’ve deemed worthy enough to enjoy the awesomeness that is your bod, you’re prepared.

11. Own your mistakes.  The first step to fixing something you did wrong as quickly as possible, is to admit you fucked up.

12. Chat with people.  In the elevator.  The grocery store. The bookstore.  Take two minutes to have a conversation that goes a little further than “Hi, how are you?”

13. Send thank you notes.

14. Come up with a system for your finances that works for you & stick to it.  If you don’t have one go see a financial advisor.  The first meeting is free and the ones after are a great investment.  Money rules the world.  Don’t let it rule your life.

15. Don’t go to bed if the dishes aren’t done.  I don’t have a dishwasher and I get to hand wash everything.  It’s as horrible as it sounds.  But, by going to bed only if the dishes are done, I avoid the build-up phenomenon one can often find in fraternities.

16. Read.  Whether it’s a magazine, a Buzzfeed article, a book, the back of a food label, anything, just READ.

17. Stand up for yourself and don’t feel like a bitch because you did.  As a female, whenever I “put my foot down,” I immediately start to question myself. Was I too mean?  Should I say sorry? NO!  Just because I don’t let someone patronize me doesn’t mean I’m a bitch.  It means I’m an adult and they’re an idiot, which I will inform them of immediately.

18. Your faith is your own.

19.  Government policy is more important than politics.  And so are your friendships.  But no one truly cares about policy, they all care about politics.  So, if you have different political beliefs than some of your friends,here’s an idea: DON’T TALK POLITICS.  Don’t look at their Facebook page.  Don’t look at their twitter.  If you’re at the zoo together don’t go see the elephants and donkeys.  Just don’t do it. The amount of people I’ve seen posting, “if you’re voting for candidate, thanks for ruing our country… thanks for being an idiot… unfriend me now because I don’t want to be friends with someone who is dumb, racist, etc.”  The animosity brought on by this election is UNREAL.  Grow up and recognize that people have different opinions.  Agree to disagree.

20. Quality of friends > quantity of friends.

21.  No matter how tired you are or how crappy the day has been, go to yoga (or your equivalent).  Take an hour to invest in yourself and refocus.

22. Do a 30-min “clean” every night.  Seriously.  Even on the nights when you’re so tired you ate popcorn for dinner, set your phone for 30 minutes and do as much cleaning as you can.  You’ll thank yourself at the end of those busy weeks.  (I thank my mom for this one, she’s a big fan of the “timer-method”).

23. Set goals.  Learn new things.  Step out of your comfort zone.  Never stop bettering yourself as a person.

24.  Call/ spend time with your family.

25. Compare yourself to yourself, not others.  Especially in today’s world.  We no longer go to college, graduate, get married, have kids, etc.  The options are endless and the standard path is dwindling.

26. As Lian Dolan says: embrace the chaos.


Featured Read Friday: Reaper’s Legacy

This entry’s music anthem: Get On- Steve Smyth

Woohoo, Friyay!  We did it, we made it!  (I’ll be honest. I barely made it.  But I bribed myself with wine and this book, so I rallied).

So, another week of surviving under our belts. How to celebrate?  I’ll tell you how. With a good book. And, like I said on Instagram, I’ve been feeling extra sassy this week.  When I’m feeling sassy, I usually need a little edge to suit my mood. Enter Reaper’s Legacy,the second book in the Reapers Motorcycle Club, by Joanna Wylde.

What to expect from this book:  cursing,steamy sex scenes that just toe the line of being devious (in the hottest sense of course), times when you want to throttle the hero over the head with a beer bottle, a pretty real look into the life of MCs, great scene building, loveable, memorable characters, and a new series to binge. Sound good?  Then read on…

Little background:  Sophie, our heroine, gives her cherry to her boyfriend, Zach, her senior year of high school.  As with everyone’s first time in high school, it sucks, but results in the awesomeness of her son Noah.  It sucks because her dude is a teenager who doesn’t know what he’s doing, but also because during the deed, our hero Ruger, walks in on Sophie & Zach.   And here’s the real kicker: Ruger, a member of the Reapers MC, is Zach’s hot older brother.  WHAT?!

As time goes on,  Zach turns out to be a deadbeat dad, Ruger steps in, and the sexual tension between him and Sophie is apparent from the start.  However, at first because of her age, then later not to confuse Noah, Ruger never makes a move, and neither does Sophie (I mean to be fair she is pregnant and then a teen mom so she’s kind of busy).  So, the sexual tension just becomes tension giving us that good love/hate vibe.

As you read on, you learn that Ruger, is your typical, “but babe, I can’t keep this dick in my pants, it wouldn’t be fair to the female population,” mixed with a little, “I’m an alpha motorcycle club member. I do what I want and you shouldn’t question it,” idiot male.  Ugh.  So who better to fix that mess of a hot sexy man than Sophie, our heroine, who knows she’s the shit, and is a “one and done,” kind of lady.  The back and forth between the two, as they try to find a resolution for the ever increasing sexual tension between them, is addicting.  Will he get over himself? Will she give in? WILL THEY JUST DO IT ALREADY?  Who knows? So much angst. (Oh and did I mention his piercings?  He has multiple… some in, intriguing places… oh ya.)

Along with our heroine and hero, Joanna, being the intelligent story teller she is, throws in a couple curve balls (one including a rival MC with a VERY HOT member that you’re dying to get to know better), fun gal pals with the right amount of crazy, & other supporting hunks to keep you hooked.  She’s good this one.

“But really? Another MC series?” you say, disdain in your voice. “You fool!” I yell, in my best Gandolf voice.

Just kidding. Kind of. Not really.  Just. Don’t. Shhhhh.

Miss Wylde may be wild (see what I did there?), but she ain’t cray.  She did her research. In her Author’s Note, she talks about how thorough she was learning about MC’s, to the point of having this book, “reviewed and corrected by a woman attached to an outlaw MC,” (author’s note, Reaper’s Legacy). Did I mention JW was a journalist previous to writing kickass books?  She knows what’s up.

JW writes characters so perfectly flawed, so easy to imagine, that they could step right off the page.  And, if Ruger stepped off into my living room, I wouldn’t say, “nay.” I’m actually pretty sure I’ve met Ruger before, he was just in frat boy wear.  I’d have prefered him in the MC gear, but what can ya do?

So, that being said, go pour yourself a glass of wine, grab a beer, or mix up a cocktail (whatever your poison), or if you prefer to eat your calories do that too. Whatever it is, indulge, you earned it. Then, curl up in your favorite reading spot, put your phone on silent, & get reading.  Oh, and just try not to imagine that piercing in real life.  I bet you $5 you’ll be thinking about it for weeks to come.

Later Gators.