Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and was totally inspired to grow all my family's vegetables on our own land. You should definitely read the book - it is non fiction written like fiction and is super entertaining. Plus it will make you more excited about gardening that you have ever been in your life. Anyways, this year I set out to grow at least 5 times more vegetables than I did last year. But in spite of the fact that I planted tons more seeds than I normally do, my 30% success rate has held fast, and we are left with a decent garden that is producing only about one third of the vegetables we eat. Oh well.
SUMMER QUINOA SALAD
1 cup dry quinoa, rinsed
1/2 cup olive oil
juice of 2 lemons
1/2 red onion, finely diced
hand full of fresh basil, chopped
whatever other fresh veggies you have on hand, chopped
1.) Cook the quinoa according to package directions, and put in the fridge to cool down while you cut up all your veggies.
2.) Whisk together the lemon juice and olive oil, the pour over quinoa and mix well.
3.) Stir in all the veggies, mix well. Season the salad with salt to taste.
4.) Serve as is, or in lettuce cups (I just use big leaves of butter lettuce, but any lettuce will do as long as it is large-leafed) or with chilled grilled chicken.