Farmer’s Markets & Quinoa – Take 2

The theme of farmer’s markets and quinoa carried over from Saturday into Sunday. Not exactly a bad thing if you ask me.

After a delightful sleep in, I started my day off with something new.


This would be the surprise package I received in the mail on Friday – Vega’s new Shake & Go Smoothie!


Kelly from Vega graciously offered to send me my flavour of choice. It was hard to decide between the mango, berry, chocolate, and vanilla almond, but with a name like Vanilla Almondilla, how could I not pick that one?


The Shake & Go Smoothie is meant to be a “just mix with water”, shake, and drink product from Vega, perfect as a snack for those busy and on the go. Although I was having a leisurely breakfast, I figured I should first try it out as billed – 2 tbsp powder + 1 cup water.


The first thing that hit me was a lovely almond aroma. The colour isn’t too bad either – not quite as earthy as some of the other Vega products.


The product also stayed in suspension in the water relatively well, although if you do take your time drinking it, I recommend giving it a shake every once in awhile to avoid some settling. It was subtly sweet, and tasted good on it’s own. I will say though – I think I’m going to try it mixed with some almond milk, as I would have liked a slightly thicker/milkier texture. But you can’t go wrong with the nutritionals on this product – see for yourself.


It also offers omega-3’s and probiotics. I noticed on the package that it touts omega-9’s – not really sure why that is, when our bodies are capable of making those – not an essential fatty acid we need to worry about.

To go with my shake & go smoothie, I toasted up another cheese scone. Gotta get them while they are still fresh!


Topped with a little peanut butter and raspberry jam. Delicious!


I ended up taking a trip to the mall with my sister and her boyfriend. I wandered around, tried on some clothes, checked out a few things, then met them back at the food court where they were having Arby’s for lunch. I got suckered into purchasing a sandwich.


Something with chicken and bacon. It was alright. At least they used leaf lettuce and not that shredded iceburg junk. I will give them that.

When we got back home, mom asked me to make another quinoa salad for dinner. I happily obliged!


But I didn’t make the same one as I did for the BBQ. This time I used a recipe from Quinoa 365 – and website and cookbook I learned about through an article in our local newspaper.


The Fresh Cucumber & Dill Toasted Almond Salad was simple to prepare. The only things I did differently were to not toast the quinoa or almonds (lazy), and I added about 1/4 cup of chopped parsley, simply because we had some.


We also decided to make good use of some of my farmer’s market purchases from Saturday. I knew we needed to use the morels right away, because mushrooms just don’t keep long in the fridge. I went for the obvious choice – a morel cream sauce.


This saucepan of amazingness comes courtesy of this recipe page (scroll down to Chicken Focaccia with Morel Mushroom Cream Sauce). I accidentally bought whipping cream instead of the called for half & half, so mine was just that much richer (and therefore that much more amazing).

As much as I may have wanted to, we didn’t just eat the sauce by the spoonful.


We grilled up some chicken breasts, seasoned with a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder.


Since the grill was going, we decided to do the farmer’s market asparagus on there as well.


Both items were blanketed with that luscious morel cream sauce.


Served up with a generous scoop of the quinoa salad.


I would definitely call this a blog worthy dinner.


Seriously – the flavours were amazing. Mom even said that my morel cream sauce was restaurant worthy. The richness paired with the grilled chicken and asparagus was perfect, and the fresh, cool quinoa salad balanced out this perfect spring Sunday meal.

On the agenda for the evening – watching the Survior finale, even though I had only watched it haphazardly throughout the season. There was also a little dessert.


What’s better on a warm, spring evening that a little ice cream sundae?


I decided to try out my new Coconut Bliss Naked Coconut ice cream, topping it with local strawberries, chocolate sauce, and hemp seeds.


Amazing. Local strawberries are just so much better than the ones trucked up here from California. It’s a shame they can’t be around for more than a few weeks each year. Oh, and the coconut ice cream wasn’t half bad either 😉

Talk about a great end to an even greater weekend. I was sad to see it end. Hope you all had great weekend as well!


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5 Comments on “Farmer’s Markets & Quinoa – Take 2”

  1. May 18, 2010 at 3:39 am #

    i feel like a commercial saying “im thinking Arby’s” lol. yum!
    oh im so happy to hear the vega smoothies are good! i want to try one and i think the vanilla one seems the most promising. im not really into mango or fruity powdered smoothies. i know eh, vanilla almondilla? how cute! and i like how i can see in the ingredients coconut palm nectar.. that seems pretty new to me, never tried it! and im all for the high protein and probiotics!!! i will promise myself to pick some up soon!
    the survivor finale kind of sucked in my opinion.. it always seems so rushed or something and the fighting makes me feel like yelling “the game is over people.. back to reality please!” lol. but i guess its fun to watch that drama too. either way love the show…sad the season is over now.
    ps. i need you to make me a sundae.. i dont want any one else’s lol.. ur the best sundae maker- you need an award for it!!! YUMMMMMMIIIEEE ❤

  2. May 18, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    Smoothies are something I’ve never been able to get into. Probably because I’m not a drinker naturally. I rally have to remind myself constantly to drink my water!!

    And what a lovely dinner! I like the sounds of BOTH quinoa salads you whipped up over the weekend…

  3. May 18, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    Wow that sundae looks amazing!

  4. highonhealthy
    May 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    I’m not a fan of the vega smoothie powders.. at all. Then again I’ve only tried the chocolate flavor which tastes nasty and maybe the other flavors aren’t quite as bad.

    Dinner looks fabulously good!

  5. May 20, 2010 at 9:46 pm #

    I really love how balanced all of your meals are. Cheese scones with jam? Eclectic!

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