Sunday, March 23, 2014

Who Keeps You Healthy? Asian Quinoa Salad Recipe

My healthy Hero: Joe "Josh" Warzin

Recently, the American Recall Center ( launched a health awareness campaign:  Who Keeps You Healthy? They are asking bloggers across the country to profile who their health hero is in their every day lives.  I am by no means, a healthy holly.  I enjoy eating more than working out, and  I believe wine is always appropriate. (Or light beer, no cool craft brew connoisseur here).  However, I have some healthy habits I try to stay true to.   I adore vegetables, and love to explore recipes.  I also like to make as many recipes  I can from scratch. And although I am not consistent about it, I do enjoy running and doing yoga.

The most important influence in my life when it comes to health though, is my husband, Josh.  He has a job with a demanding schedule however, he always prioritizes his health over other things.  What I find most endearing about his health choices is that they are not for vanity's sake.  He just wants to be on the this earth healthy and happy as long as possible.  But he is no prude, he just has an amazing balance of being indulgent but not overdoing it.  Or if he does over do it, he can take a step back and add some more exercise or healthier choices for moderation.

Our Wedding Day
Josh has been an amazing influence in my own life and health decisions. I have learned to overcome many bad habits over the years with his help.  He is very encouraging in helping me to exercise, and although my attitude was a little rough to start, we actually enjoy and look forward to working out together.  We also like  juicing and making challenges for ourselves, like a week of vegetarian or vegan recipes.  However, the biggest reason he is my healthy hero, is that I want to try to take care of myself so that we get as many years as possible together.  Each healthy choice I make, helps make our eternity a little bit longer.

As homage to my healthy hero, I wanted to showcase one of the lighter recipes, that is a frequent request of his, an Asian Quinoa Salad.  There are several versions out there  on the world wide web but this is the combo I enjoy. Looking through Pinterest and various food websites will give you inspiration in creating your own.

Asian Quinoa Salad

Time: Approximately 20 minutes, prep and cook.

  • 1 cup Red Quinoa
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Asparagus Spears, Chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen Edamame , shelled
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Chopped carrots
  • 1 15 oz  Garbanzo beans; rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups Romaine Lettuce, cut into strips
For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup low sodium Soy Sauce 
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Add water, quinoa, and salt to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  2.  Add the garbanzo beans, carrots, red pepper, asparagus, corn and edamame to the quinoa. Cover and set aside.
  3.  In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, honey, ginger, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
  4.  Pour the dressing over the quinoa salad and stir to combine.
  5.  Plate on top of romaine lettuce.

Friday, March 21, 2014

El Paso Food Event: This Weekend the 10th Annual "Empty Bowls El Paso", Good Food Good Cause!

This weekend, the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank is putting on a charity food event, "Empty Bowls, El Paso" this Saturday.  An international event, ticket buyers can expect to receive a handmade bowl, and the chance to sample soups from a variety of great El Paso restaurants, catering companies and culinary students who are taking part in the Event.   All proceeds are donated to the food bank.

You can find more details surrounding the event here:

The Details:

Empty Bowls El Paso, Supporting the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank
Saturday March 22nd, 11am - 4pm
El Paso Community College, 9050 Viscount Blvd El Paso TX 79925
Tickets: $20 entry + bowl | $15 students, military, seniors over 65
$60 for Family Pack (max 2 adults, 4 bowls) | Children 5 and under Free

Participating Restaurants:

  • Ruli's International Kitchen
  • Ripe Eatery 
  • Nuovo Cappetto's
  • L & J Cafe
  • Mesa Street Grill
  • Pike Street Market
  • Around the World Catering Service
  • CCTE - EPISD culinary department
  • Culinarty Department - America's High School
  • Delicious Mexican
  • Chelsea Cafe
  • Pot Au Feu
  • Sacred Heart Church Catering
  • Mary Ellen Sida
  • Italians
  • Cross Border Cuisine
  • El Meson De Onate

Friday, March 14, 2014

El Paso Food Event: Food Truck Revolution Party This Weekend!!!

Moshi Box & Sweet Addiction,  2 of this weekends Participants

Over the past year or so, El Paso has had an influx of new Food Truck bringing a variety of yummy on the go meals.  Working downtown, I get the pleasure of fast and quick proximity to sample all the trucks that park at  at the Foodville Food Truck Park (

Therefore I am excited to share that the nine of the food trucks in El Paso have formed a new group called Food Truck Revolution. To celebrate this new coalition, they are having a launch party this Saturday, March 15th on Montana avenue.  There will be GREEN BEER, and plenty of trucks to get your St. Patty's Day weekend off to delicious start.   See you there!!


Food Truck Revolution Launch Party (
March 15th  2-6pm   @ Eskimo Hut  10280 Montana Ave.