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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Meyer Lemon Quinoa with Asparagus & Peas; Round-up IV

I often find that it is the side dishes that are the hardest to think up. I can choose a main dish with no problem but always want to turn up the interest factor with the side dish. Well, this time, I thought of two dishes but then combined them.

First, I made quinoa and tossed it with some meyer lemon juice. Then I decided to steamed some peas and asparagus and mixed them with the quinoa and added a lemon infused oil. Below I present the marriage of the two.

Ingredients (others listed with links):
1/2 cup frozen peas
12 thin spears of asparagus, chopped into 1/2-1 inch lengths
Juice and rind from 1 meyer lemon.


1. I made the meyer lemon scented oil earlier in the day (subtituted meyer lemon for std. lemon).

2. I Prepared the quinoa

3. While the quinoa was cooking, I steamed the peas and asparagus and then combined everything with 3 tablespoons of the oil. Enjoy.

Round-up IV:

Elise of Simply Recipes, made a delicious meyer lemon marmalade that everyone loves. She does warn however, that making this can be tricky if you are inexperienced so give it a few tries.

Becks & Posh make a statement that I can get behind: 'These are moments when I wish someone has invented scratch-and-sniff internet.' Take a peek at this post as they list many recipes for meyer lemons.


Nicole said...

Creative yet again! Thanks Jennifer:)

5 Star Foodie said...

Quinoa with Asparagus and peas sounds like a perfectly refresing side dish! said...

We love quinoa -- I buy it in huge bags and this looks wonderful!! Another great use for the next box of Meyer lemons I just bought!! Thanks!!

Mary said...

Wonderful combinations here! Very creative and very tasty.

Donna-FFW said...

I enjoy seeing all these dishes.. Love the combo!!

Sara said...

I love the idea of combining meyer lemons with quinoa. Very creative!

Tangled Noodle said...

It sounds so refreshing and very seasonal! I'll have to try the lemon-infused oil.

Joanne said...

Simple dishes like this really make the best kind of side. Something that will come together quickly and not detract from the main dish. Lovely.

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