Dad - your family is about to hold an intervention in your honor. Your one-gallon jars of pickles are driving your wife crazy (as if she could get any worse), and in turn she is driving your family crazy. You are addicted - to Costco. It's ok, we understand. The sexy girl behind the counter convinced you to upgrade your membership and now you have to spend more money. Those bags of tortillas are just too good of a deal to pass up. I realize that the 25 pounds of rice you have in your basement will never go bad. And I know you have room in your house for all of the "goodies." But you buy soup that mom never eats and that she suspects you never eat either. Don't get me wrong, I love coming to your house and stocking my own pantry with beans and crackers. But this has to stop. I suggest you wean yourself off. Maybe only buy pickles once you are completely out? Would that be too much to ask? Your neurotic wife can't handle it. Please, for those you love, curb your desire.
Recently I went to my parents house and my mom was complaining. In a moment of defiance she was about to throw away a perfectly good large bag of quinoa that had been sitting in the cupboard for a year (according to her). So I rescued it. I have never made quinoa before, but I couldn't stand seeing it go to waste. This recipe is light and refreshing. It is versatile. You can make it as a side or as a stand alone dish (for a light meal). It is perfect for taking to work for lunch.
Black Bean and Tomato Quinoa
2 cups dried quinoa (place in a rice cooker as if it were rice)
4 tsp lime zest
4 tbsp lime juice
6 tbsp evoo
2 tsp sugar
2 15 oz cans of drained, rinsed black beans
4 chopped tomatoes
5 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
A couple handfuls of baby greens
Cook quinoa according to directions. In a bowl mix lime zest, lime juice, evoo, and sugar. Mix all of the remaining ingredients (including quinoa) in a bowl. Serve hot or cold (I prefer hot)