It’s literally slushing outside (not snow, not rain, but slushing); our apartment won’t warm up above 65, and I’m rocking long underwear on the daily. My hair, my skin, my life is craving the sweet summer sun, and as a result, I’ve been craving my favorite summertime foods.
But when the weather is this miserable, the last thing I want is a cold bite of lettuce — delicious though that may be. This grain bowl came together when I was prowling through my leftovers, and it ended up being the perfect combination of cozy quinoa, creamy avocado, and green edamame. It’s salad-y enough to satisfy your veggie cravings, but hearty enough to get you through a wintry day, especially if you eat it at room temperature.
I dressed it with an organic sesame-ginger vinaigrette and dug into the summer flavors like I expected July to burst out of my bowl and magic the winter away.
It’s literally as versatile as the ingredients you have in your fridge: I cooked 1 cup of quinoa in 1.5 cups of water, threw in a whole avocado, a cup of edamame and tossed it with a good glug of vinaigrette. Judging by what’s in my fridge/pantry, I think I’m going to be whipping up a feta/beet/walnut version of this grain bowl sometime soon, maybe with a bit of balsamic to tie all those flavors together.