I think quinoa bites are my new favorite snack. Easy to make, high in protein, and so versatile. I made some cheddar chipotle bites and then some sun-dried tomato & Parmesan.


My latest flavor is a ginger sesame. I wanted to try them with an Asian flavor combo and these ingredients are ones I always have on hand. You will notice that the ingredients are almost exactly the same as those I use for my Asian 4-1-1 dressing.

I also decided to bake them a bit differently because of a suggestion from a reader. It actually worked out great and there were less dishes to wash after. Always a bonus!

Ingredients
~ 2 cups cooked quinoa
2 egg yolks - I usually use whole eggs, but I wanted to also feed these to my 9 month old and it is not recommended to give egg whites to infants.
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp ginger

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well incorporated. I have been cooking these in a mini muffin pan, put I decided to cook them on a cookie sheet to make clean up easier.  On a cookie sheet, place a piece of parchment paper. Spoon a heaping tablespoons worth of mixture on the sheet, almost like making cookies.



 Bake for 25 minutes, until edges are brown.




sesame ginger quinoa bites


I love enchiladas. Such great flavor with all the components. I usually always make them the same way - the way my mom did: chicken, tortillas, enchilada sauce, black olives, mild green chiles, green onions, cheddar, and Monterrey jack cheese.

Making enchiladas, although not difficult, is a process, and a messy one at that.
deconstructed enchilada casserole



We have been getting a lot of kale lately in our weekly CSA bag, much to the dismay of #1. I sauteed it one week with garlic and olive oil, which turned out pretty good, but did not impress #1. My second attempt was baked kale chips. I love them! #1, not so much. Oh well, at least they will get eaten.

using all our CSA - kale chips


This is the second version of quinoa bites. My first version was southwest quinoa bites. I could not find the original pin that inspired me to do the last ones, but I did see a pin for this version.

This is the perfect time for an Italian-style bite because of all the fresh herbs I have growing.

sun-dried tomato & parmesan quinoa bites


Lately, this has been a go-to snack for #1 and I. I love quinoa. It has such a great, nutty flavor and it is much more filling than other grains.

I first saw quinoa bites on, where else, Pinterest and decided to try it. I looked through my boards, but I don't see the original recipe that inspired me. How did I not pin it? Well if I come across it again I will include the link in this post.

cheddar chipotle quinoa bites

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I don't get red velvet cake | suzyandco.com


This post is a bit different than my usual. I guess it is just more of a rant, which I do not usually do. Nothing to share or learn except my opinion. But maybe it will amuse people.

I do not get red velvet cake.


Red Velvet cake, and other interpretations of it - brownies, cheesecake, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, pancakes?, fudge, crepes, LATTE - can be found all over Pinterest and the interweb.

It's chocolate cake people! With an exorbitant amount of red food dye. Well, I think it is exorbitant. I am not a big fan of food dyes. I am not convinced they are completely safe. There are lots of articles out there why, but here is one I liked. (oh look, I managed to include nutrition info)

Now you can get natural food dyes, but the color is usually not as vibrant.

Since I am all about trying to make things from scratch, you can always make your own homemade food dye. Most commercial food dyes are petroleum based, I found this product to help you.

Food Grade Hydraulic Oil
Buy here!
Appetizing :)

i don't get red velvet cake




This little project took so much more time and effort than I anticipated. I thought it would take a couple weeks, but about 4 months later I am finally done. I actually finished it last month, but just got around to the post now. I think when I finally finished it, I just needed a break from thinking about it.  But it was worth it.

For this rug, which is about 40 inches in diameter, I made approximately 150-175 pom poms. I actually did not do a final count, but there were a lot.

pom pom rug!

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