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The Art of Strategic Rebellion: Toasted Quinoa Salad with Pears, Cherries, Almonds & Goat Cheese

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I love you, quinoa. You never do me wrong. I dress you up, I dress you down. I have you for breakfast, I have you for dinner. When I’m in the mood to be naughty and blatantly ignore the concept of a “recommended serving size” (my own special form of rebellion), I can safely do so with you. Overdosing on protein, fiber, antioxidants and amino acids has never hurt anyone, as far as I know.

Oh, and if you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, I know you know that quinoa is a protein superstar. It contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a highly coveted non-animal product complete protein. Hot damn! Not to mention, it’s dirt cheap, particularly when you go crazy with those fun little scoopers in the bulk bins at Whole Foods, and leave with several pounds of it for just few dollars. Are you seeing a theme here? You can overdo it with quinoa without hurting your stomach or your wallet. Because isn’t overdoing it once in a while just fun? Don’t we all want to feel like we’re getting away with something? Choose quinoa as your accomplice in the art of strategic rebellion.
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Bing Cherry Muffins

Far too often, muffins become an oily ball of sugar – not exactly what I’m looking for in a breakfast food. These muffins have a lovely firm-yet-light texture; almost like a scone. Enjoy alongside your morning coffee and a bowl of fresh fruit.

Bing Cherry Muffins
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sunflower oil or vegetable oil
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup dried bing cherries, chopped (Trader Joe’s is a good source)
1/3 cup sugar, or 1/2 cup raw cane sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

1.) Heat oven too 400 degrees. Beat egg, and then stir in the milk and oil.

2.) Stir in remaining ingredients. Spoon into twelve muffin cups in a muffin pan. Sprinkle tops with sugar.

3.) Bake for 20 minutes; reversing position in oven throughout. Remove from pan immediately to cool.