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Quinoa Pilaf with yams

Today I braved the masses and went to the mall. I had no choice and off course it ended up being super crowded because Santa was there and so was a million kids, all dressed up and ready or not to have their picture taken with him. I was pretty efficient and was done by 11:40 am, not bad considering most stores only open at 11 am.

I was greeted by a hungry crew when I got home so luckily I had prepared by cooking quinoa and cutting vegetables in advance for the planned meal of quinoa pilaf. Me, James and Noah thought it was wonderful but miss picky said it was not human food, whatever that means. But in then end she ate it all. The yams and kale made this a very colorful dish, packed with amazing vitamins and minerals.

2 cups cooked quinoa
1 tbs olive oil
1 large garlic clove, grated
1/4 cup green onions, minced
1 cup mushrooms, quartered
1 cup yam, cut in small dice
1/2-2/3 cups hot water
Lemon zest from 1/2 lemon
1 tbs lemon juice
1 cup kale, chopped
Dried oregano
Fresh mint, minced
Fresh basil, minced
Salt & pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large skillet and cook garlic and onions on low heat for a few minutes. Add mushroom and cook until slightly browned. remove from pan and add yams, lemon zest, juice, oregano and 1/2 cup hot water. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 5-7 minutes or until yams are soft. Add kale and combine. Cook until wilted. Add mushrooms, mint, basil, salt and pepper. Blend, reheat and serve hot!

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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