Grain Bowl: The Summer Grilling Version.

June 29, 2015

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One of my favorite rituals, and one that I want to make sure I teach Miles to treasure, is that of eating together.

What better way to spend time with your toddler or small child, to instill healthy habits, and to introduce them to new delicious “real” food than to eat alongside them?

Now that we are starting to introduce Miles to more adult food, one of my favorite things to do with him during the day is to make something that we both like, sit down on the floor with him, and share.

Miles is a little obsessed with avocados and with pesto, so this is a pretty easy game to play. I make toast with avocado, sea salt, and lime juice or slice up some bread to dip in pesto and voila! Miles gets to experience new foods that he loves, I get to eat, and we spend quality time together.

This alternative to me frantically trying to find something to eat while he’s entertaining himself for 30 seconds has made our late mornings/early afternoon routines much richer and far less frantic and it gives me an excuse to introduce Miles to foods that I otherwise forget about.

A few mornings ago, I pulled out the leftovers from our grain bowl/grilled vegetable dinner the night before. (I’m a little obsessed with the grain bowl concept featured several times in my favorite magazine, Bon Appetit. If the idea of cooking bores you, try a subscription. I promise you won’t be disappointed and your life will change forever. Or something.)

I sat down by Miles and started to eat lunch with him while we played. He was SO excited to taste the savory quinoa and grilled butternut squash and I was thrilled to find yet another delicious nutritious adult dish that he would eat.

Whether you’re looking for a healthful summer dish for yourself or trying to find creative ways to introduce your baby to new, wonderful foods, this twist on the grain bowl will definitely be a summer favorite!

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1 cup quinoa

1 butternut squash

1 yellow squash

1 onion

A generous assortment of other fresh vegetables. We used 1/2 purple cabbage, a couple of bell peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower.

1/4 cup butter

2 garlic cloves

2 bouillon cubes

1 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup white wine

1 tsp. lemon juice


Olive oil

Chop the vegetables into large pieces, at least 1 x 2 inches. Toss everything in a few tablespoons of olive oil and a few dashes of pepper. Place in a foil baking pan and set aside.

Summer Grain Bowl | The Orange Slate

Prepare the quinoa as follows:

Saute the quinoa in 1/2 a cube of butter and 2 garlic cloves. Dissolve two bouillon cubes in 1 1/2 cups of water and add. Add 1/2 cup of wine. Add fresh herbs, 1 tsp. of pepper, and 1 tsp. lemon juice. Cover and cook on medium heat until the liquid is dissolved.

Grill the vegetables in the foil pan until the squash is soft and the vegetables are well-seared. Combine with the quinoa on a plate. I like to drizzle some creamy balsamic dressing over the whole dish.

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Friday Links

Weekend Linkage

February 8, 2014


Here’s some lessons on living a creative life from the life of J.R.R. Tolkien.

I used to make lists obsessively . . . I’ve been feeling like I’ve hit a creative rut, so maybe I should start again. Do lists help your creativity?

New research shows that staying calm in intense situations may not be your most productive option.

Photo organization is a big problem around here. I take a lot of pictures, then stash them en masse on my hard drive and then search agonizingly when I’m missing an image, so I was pretty excited to read about this organizing trick. How do you keep track of your photos?

I can’t wait to try making a few of these Valentine’s Day cards this weekend. But if you don’t feel like making your own, check out these beauties. This DC-based blogger’s Valentine’s Day card roundups are always my favorite.

The New Year sent me into a blogging funk. Maybe it’s the pregnancy; maybe it’s just the general business of our schedule; maybe it’s all of the planning we’re anticipating. But these tips for breaking out of a blogging funk were inspiring.

As if making my own sprinkles is a good idea. But yes please. And just in case that’s not enough sweetness for you, try making your own chocolate whipped cream.

Newly discovered poems for all the classics nerds out there who actually read Sappho in high-school.

And also just in time for Valentine’s Day, the 10 worst couples in literature.

Finally, more ways (besides reading blogs) to destroy your productivity.

Happy Saturday, friends!


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Weekend Linkage

January 11, 2014


Hello! How’s your January going?  The cold and wet and muck and my cold were making me so cranky and I-will-hibernate-until-spring-ish that things were becoming rather serious.

But then all of my students started school again, and now I have to think about things like schedules and flashcards and scales and outlines and drafts and “I lost my practice sheet” during the day, all of which are more positive things to think about than the weather. Much as I love curling up in front of the fire with nothing to do, I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated the return of Normal quite so much. Work is a wonderful thing.

Now for some weekend reading . . .

This article about mommy-blogger-panic over GMOs (and, by extension, panic over basically everything sold in stores) was well-worth reading. Sometimes a little research is better than a lot of hype.

A list of the colonial-era meanings for some of our everyday words will make you laugh.

Some thoughts on housework and God might even inspire your chores around the house this weekend.

Your next outfit should feature some of this Jane Austen swag.

I can’t wait to try making hummus using one of these 13 easy recipes.

Here, from Kinfolk, are directions for making fresh pasta over a fireplace. Ideal for when the lights go out. Having made pasta (from a box) over an open fire, I fully appreciate the tips.

Two modern day livestock veterinarians talk with Modern Farmer about their daily work. Some James Herriot, anyone?

Speaking of work, I have two friends that do the most creative, lovely work in their Etsy shops. Monica’s leather-work is so beautiful and original (even though I personally like her lovely pendants the best). She sent me something similar to this as a gift a while ago and strangers stop me to ask about it every time I wear it.  She also blogs about her process and it’s fascinating to watch her pieces unfold.

Gwen “rescues” paper and vintage fabric scraps and turns them into beautiful paper creations at her shop. These hand-embroidered cards are my favorite. Her blog is also so fun and lively. I can’t wait to see what kinds of creative lovely work she is going to produce during the new year!


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