Lemon Quinoa with Zucchini, Currants and Dill

by Joanne on September 17, 2014

If you are looking for a nutritionally packed, easy, zingy side dish, this recipe is perfect.  As suggested in the book “Ancient Grains for Modern Meals”, simply pair this tangy dish with grilled fish, chicken or just top with crumbled feta, maybe even spoon creamy Greek yogurt on top.   If none of that appeals to you, serve it straight up delicious as we did.

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Serves 6 – Perfect for Zucchini season!

  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 6 green onion, chopped
  • 1 leek, white part only, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup currants
  • 1 lemon:  zested then squeezed for juice
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 4 TBS toasted sesame seeds
  • 4 TBS chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

Start by making the quinoa:  Heat the oil in a medium pan over medium heat.  Add green onions and leek plus 1/2 tsp salt, stir frequently until wilted but not browned, approx. 2 minutes.  Add quinoa, stir occasionally, cook about 3 minutes.  Add water and currents plus the rest of the salt and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer and cook 20 minutes.

Grate the lemon zest, squeeze the lemon for the juice and add to the shredded zucchini.  When the quinoa is cooked, add the zucchini, lemon zest, juice, sesame seeds, 2 TBS dill and pepper to the quinoa. Adjust for salt and pepper.  Cover and allow to stand for 3 minutes.

When ready to serve, sprinkle with remaining sesame seeds and dill.

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Peanut Butter Treats for Your Pet

by Joanne on September 11, 2014

I can’t tell you if these finished treats are absolutely delicious or not but based on the reaction from Zoey and Shane

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I think they were a complete hit!

I made these for our road trip to South Carolina. It’s a long day in the car for these two and a snack once in a while is appreciated by both.  For tips and tricks when travelling with your dog, see my latest EXAMINER article.


Since the peanut butter pay load I received from The Peanut Butter boy was the purest, natural peanut butter on hand, I used 1/2 a cup to make the treats.  Nothing less than the best for my babies.

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Will make 15 – 20 balls depending on the size of your pet.

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  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats *Use 2 cups brown rice and omit the oats if your pet has grain sensitivities.
  • ½ cup small bite dog food kibble
  • ½ cup melted natural peanut butter

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients then roll into balls. Allow to set and store in an air tight container to take along for the ride.

*2 – 4 treats per day. Does not replace normal meals.

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I have a feeling there will be someone eyeballing me during the entire 14 hour trip.

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What tips can you offer for travelling with pets? 

*During our last trip to S.C., we found a huge church yard to toss the Frisbee for Shane and Zoey for 15 minutes.  It helped to get any extra energy out of their systems as well as loosen up the legs for dog and human.

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Gluten Free Vegetable Quinoa Lasagna

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