Monthly Archives: June 2012

Parmesan chicken with orzo with a side of Swiss Chard

Jill Pickle:  I wanted to make a quick and easy recipe so I tried Parmesan Chicken and Rice from the Cooking Light, Dinner Tonight Cookbook.  I made a few changes.  I added orzo instead of rice and added the whole can of chicken broth.  It was really good!  The wine, mushrooms and Parmesan cheese added so much flavor!  I also used thyme and Italian parsley from my herb garden.  As a side, I made Swiss Chard.  In my garden, I’m also growing lovely Rainbow Swiss Chard and it was surprisingly good!!

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Quinoa Salad with Roasted Beets, Chickpeas, and Mango

Katie:  One of the great things about my new apartment is its proximity to the Westside Community Market.  I got a chance to explore this weekly farmers market last Saturday.

Although it can’t be compared to this farmer’s market, I thought it had a great variety and nice atmosphere.  The products included everything from produce to plants to baked goods and chocolates.  There was even some live music.  I also found this neat community garden near the market:

My purchases included:

The last meal I made with beets was this Roasted Garlic and Beet Soup, but this time I wanted to try a more seasonal dish.  I based my meal off of this recipe for Quinoa Salad with Roasted Beets, Chickpeas, and Orange from Gluten-Free Goddess, with some variations.  My salad included a base of greens, topped with quinoa, roasted beets, yellow mango, carrots, chickpeas, and roasted sunflower seeds!  It was joined together with a dressing made of balsamic vinagrette, olive oil, soy sauce, and agave syrup.  It may have been an unusual salad, but I really liked it!  I hope I’ll have time this summer to explore the market more and try other summer salads!