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Quinoa, Grapefruit and Avocado Salad

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Quinoa Grapefruit Avocado Salad - The Duo Dishes

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Change is inevitable. It is one of the hardest parts of life for many reasons, and it’s often the emotional toll of change that is to blame. It often signals a “starting over” process that we may or may not want to begin. Change is not my friend. It is the thing I love to dodge, but change moves faster than me, and this time, I’ve been hit by the ball. This site will somehow undergo a change of its own as what has often been regarded as a Duo will morph into a new form. Work and family life has shifted for Amir in various ways, and as many bloggers know, those things completely affect other facets of life. As he moves into a different level of his life, I’ve attempted to envision how this site would carry on without another person at the wheel. Change…an unfortunate, but necessary part of life.

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Ring The Bell For Spring

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Warm Butternut Squash, Butter Lettuce and Quinoa Salad

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Butternut Squash, Butter Lettuce and Quinoa Salad 1 - The Duo Dishes

It’s officially spring! At least, we think it is. Our Los Angeles weather is doing that crazy thing it does when cold, rainy days are followed by hot, sunny days. It’s a schizophrenic kind of season right now, so all we can do is go with it. The last few days have been gorgeous, light and bright. Just the kind of weather that dictates what you want to eat. This recipe is one of those ‘go with it’ kinds of dishes. It features a winter squash in what could easily be a summer staple. We’ve shared a number of quinoa recipes on our site before, including our last Ethnic Exploration of Peru. This time, we’re using quinoa, along with lettuce, to create a twist on salad.

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The Duo’s Ethnic Exploration: Peru

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Peruvian Quinoa Stew

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The Duo's Ethnic Exploration: Peru

Although it is nearly impossible to run out of places to explore when it comes to this monthly feature, that does not mean we have never found ourselves truly digging around for a place that strikes our fancy. You have to truly be interested in it to make it interesting to others. That is not only the key for this recipe; it applies to anything. As Amir mentioned on a previous post, we are currently embarking on another healthier eating challenge, and it involves the ‘v’ word: vegan. When I first challenged myself to eat vegan, I was completely engaged in the lifestyle and found myself moving through it with no problem. For some reason, this time has been a much more challenging affair. I did not want to vegan-ify a culture’s recipe for our sake, so I looked around for something that would fit the bill. That was when I remembered that we both love quinoa. It is an ingredient that fares well in so many recipes, and with its roots in Peruvian cuisine, it was just the thing to investigate.

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Never Too Stuffed

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Beef and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

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Never Too Stuffed

We like to stuff and layer things. Whether it’s cookies or mushrooms or squash, we love to come up with fillings to put inside something else. It’s just fun to do! Stuffed peppers are probably one of the more popular dishes that everyone has done before, but this was a first in the Duo world. There’s no reason to go with the usual recipe, so it was time to try a little something different.  One of our great blogging friends, Diana at Diana Takes a Bite, continues to proclaim her love for quinoa on a regular basis.  The little grain packs quite a punch when it comes to the ways it can be used in food.  Maybe her spirit was moving around the kitchen when this dish was created because quinoa is the main star.  Instead of reaching for the box of Uncle Ben’s for your next batch of stuffed peppers, we (and maybe Diana too) encourage you to try a new filler.

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