#SCBDRecipe: Quinoa Spring Rolls & Salad

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Hey SCBD fans!  It has been a while since I posted a new recipe so please forgive me.  Now that summer is here, I am all about easy, light meals that fill me up and provide lots of nutrients!

Quinoa Spring Rolls & Salad

quinoa spring rolls

Ingredients

  • Rice paper wrappers
  • 1/2 cup DRY quinoa
  • 5 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 5 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1/2 fresh lemon juice
  • 1 package of ready made cole slaw mix/or you can shred your own carrot/cabbage mix, I am just kind of lazy ;-)

quinoa salad

  1. Cook your quinoa as the directions tell you to.  I’d recommend using 1/2 cup dry but you can always use more if you’d like.
  2. While your quinoa is cooking, mix your soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar together in a large bowl.  Then add in your cole slaw mix and let it sit.  Squeeze the fresh lemon over the mix.  You want the lettuce and veggies to really soak up the flavors.
  3. Once your quinoa is done cooking, let it sit and cool.  I stuck my pot in the refrigerator to speed things up.
  4. Then what you are going to do is mix your cooled quinoa with the lettuce mix.  If you don’t have rice paper or wraps, you can eat it like this!  I definitely ate a good amount of the mix by itself as I was filling my wraps up.
  5. Fill up your rice paper with the mix.  The rice paper I purchased had directions to show you how to fill them and store them, so hopefully yours does too.  It’s pretty simple.  Rice paper gets very sticky, but if you want to store them in a tupper ware in the fridge, they’ll be fine!  Pair with your favorite sweet and sour sauce or top the salad with some peanuts and enjoy.

What’s your favorite quinoa recipe?

Take a Bite of the Best at Girello Pizza in #Tribeca!

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of dining with my dear friend Serena Palumbo at Girello in Tribeca. Girello has a perfect lcoation because it’s not even a two minute walk from the downtown train station. It was the first time Serena and I went there and we loved it.

We were welcomed with a smile by our waitress Tara and were escorted to our table. Girello has a nice, cozy atmosphere so as soon as Serena and I got seated we felt right at home! We were each served a glass of wine, which I really enjoyed followed by an amuse, fresh baked bread with oil & vinegar to compliment our wine. We loved our bread but it only got better from there. Next, Tara picked our first course, mussels.

Our delicious plate of mussels!

The oven roasted P.E.I. mussels. tomatoes, garlic, white wine, herbs were perfect and a great portion for two people to share. Serena and I really enjoyed them– we love our seafood! Our second course consisted of the salad they had their special menu complimented by their special cocktail of the night. The cocktail was great and served in a teacup. The salad was huge, it had arugula, tangerines, and a shredded cheese. It was delicious!!!! I think they should put it on the menu too!

The salad from Girello!

Last, we opted to have pizza as our last course, since Girello is known for their pizza. I can see why they are known for their pizza, because we were not disappointed! We tried the pizza special. It was white pizza topped with vegetables and arugula– it was cooked perfectly! I loved it! The cocktail of the night also complimented the pizza–Serena and I were in foodie heaven!

Pizza from Girello

Of course, we couldn’t leave without trying one of Girello’s signature desserts– tiramisu! Now, let me tell you Serena and I loved the tiramisu. It was a great size, we ate as much as our stomachs could handle!

Tiramisu

So if you are in Tribeca and looking for a cozy restaurant to enjoy a great meal, I highly recommend Girello. I loved the fact that as soon as I came in I was treated like family. The food is great and fare priced. They also have a new cocktail every night that’s available starting during happy hour. I love that they focus on specials so you can expect something different when you come in but they a great list of signature dishes!

Girello: 11 Varick St. between Franklin St. and N.Moore St. in Tribeca

Happy Eating!! :D

*Disclaimer: The PR team paid for my meal. I was not required to write about these experiences and my opinions are my own and unbiased.*

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