Red, Our First Color of the Market

"The Colors of the Market" by Maison Everett Blog
Our first color in “The Colors of the Market” series is red! Red foods are loaded with nutrients, ranging from high levels of Vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber and even folate, an essential vitamin for pregnancy.  The many options made it hard to narrow down which foods to use for the project but I finally decided on a mix that both you and your littles can enjoy in a variety of ways be it raw, cooked or dried.  "The Colors of the Market" by Maison Everett Blog"The Colors of the Market" by Maison Everett BlogThroughout the month of February, I’ll share tidbits on each of these red foods, including recommendations on when to introduce to little ones, recipes, how to store properly, and more. I will start today with a recipe that I created in an effort not to waste any of the food after the photo shoot. This combines several of our red foods. It is a quick and beautiful salad that you can make for lunch or a light dinner. Most importantly, it is husband and toddler approved. I hope you enjoy!redrecipe blog01

Red Vegetable & Quinoa Salad
A quick, delicious salad full of red vegetables and quinoa.
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  1. 2 cups cooked red quinoa (or any kind available)
  2. 2 medium beets
  3. 2 medium radishes
  4. 1 red bell pepper
  5. 1 cup spinach, finely chopped
  6. handful of mint, finely chopped
  7. 2 tbsp. Olive oil
  8. Salt
  9. Pepper
To prepare
  1. Chop vegetables to small, bite size cubes
  2. Chop spinach and mint, set aside
To cook
  1. Heat olive oil in pan over medium heat
  2. Add beets, and allow to cook for about 5 minutes
  3. Add radishes & bell pepper
  4. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until desired softness of vegetables has been reached, stirring often
  5. Add spinach, mint and a splash of olive oil to the mix, and cook for 1-2 more minutes
  6. Combine vegetable mixture with cooked quinoa in pan
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste
  1. To add more protein, sprinkle a handful of sliced almonds or sunflower seeds.
  2. Keep in mind that you can change up the quinoa to veggie ratio to your liking!
Maison Everett

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