Tasty Tuesday: {Keen for Quinoa}

As we all know, quinoa is now a staple. It certainly hits my table at least three times a week. And while I love it, it can also get a little…well, let’s just call a spade a spade: boring! Yes you can add in this, that or the other, but I’ve been on the hunt for fresh recipes to really mix my quinoa repertoire up.

Thankfully, the possibilities of how to cook quinoa are pretty endless – it’s such versatile little grain. For this week’s Tasty Tuesday, AQ Wellness dished up their secret recipe for this bright and healthy Spring Asparagus and English Pea Salad. I think we found our new favorite team lunch!

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Spring Asparagus + Pea Quinoa Salad by AQ Wellness

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Ingredients:

2 cups quinoa, soaked overnight with 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, drained, rinsed well
1 bunch asparagus, sliced 1/4 inch thick at a bias
1 cup shelled english peas
1 meyer lemon, juiced and zested (more if needed)
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
olive oil to taste
mixed greens

Instructions:

Add rinsed and soaked quinoa to a large sauce pan and cover with at least 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer for 5 minutes or until grain no longer has a white center.

Add in sliced asparagus and english peas and mix until vegetables turn bright green, around 1-2 minutes. Do not overcook.

Strain quinoa and vegetables in a fine mesh strainer and rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Drain water completely, shaking it vigorously and place in a large bowl.

Stir in meyer lemon zest and juice of 1 lemon. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Adjust to taste with more lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper.

Drizzle with olive oil and place over a bed of mixed greens.

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Who knew that a great quinoa secret is to soak it overnight in apple cider vinegar?? It certainly ups the flavor factor. This salad is the perfect lunch to make in a big huge bowl and keep the extras for the next day’s leftovers. The veggies are super crisp and crunchy and the meyer lemon zest {which we’re quickly learning is a secret weapon when cooking!} adds that zing of freshness. If you need a last-minute recipe for Easter weekend, I think we’ve found your winner!

 

original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick // original recipe for apartment 34 by AQ Wellness // dishware by Vietri // art direction + styling by Apartment 34 

MWW: New Spins on 5 Spring Must-Haves

It’s time to spring clean your closet my dears! Luckily, this task is our type of cleaning- it doesn’t involve a dust pan or a broom. In fact, it’s more of a clearing out than a clean. You simply need to chuck what you no longer have use for and rediscover some of the basics that were probably hiding under your winter coats.

We’ve gathered five new takes on the wardrobe essentials that you’re going to want to rock this season – and we suspect you won’t even have to buy something new {unless you really want to of course}!

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We’re not quite sure why we ever thought spring was a bit of a boring fashion season! It’s a transitional time to experiment and have a little fun by playing off of past season’s essentials a bit. We’re taking cues from Heist, a beautifully curated online shop that brings the slightest edge to classic styles- exactly what we’re craving in a pretty and pastel dominated time of year.

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Out with a classic white oxford! Instead go a little girly and a lot sexy with a white lace button up. Treat it like a basic and pair it with everything – but we’re particularly smitten with the idea of toughening it up with a pair of camo cargos!

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Patch up those holes in last season’s boyfriend jeans. Be ahead of the trend and instead of wearing the denim in your closet with the most holes, buy a pair with funky patchwork! By summertime, everyone will be rockin’ em.

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Gone are the days that spring is only about happy, soft colors! Keep black in your regular rotation with a dolman-style, boat neck sweater. The loose and flowy shape breaks black’s hard edge. Add a light neutral coat to brighten the look even more.

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Go organic! An organic cotton scarf in a gorgeous, muted tone {loving this ruby taupe color!} doesn’t look like much, but the texture will seriously make your outfit. This one has a sweet lace edge!

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Black-ish is the new black. A transitional season means that things don’t have to be perfect- you can say goodbye to the crispness of winter with a worn in and faded boot- we love this must-have “black-ish” color!

Who says every season requires a whole new wardrobe. Don’t you love the idea of shopping your own closet? We can’t wait to reinvent our old standbys with this set of refreshed styles for our essentials! What about you?!

 

images via Heist

Happy {Focus In} Weekend

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I used to be the most focused person in the world. I could zero in on a task & knock it out in record time. I could sit peacefully and read for hours on end. Now, I feel like a ping pong ball being knocked back and forth from my keyboard to my phone, from that site to this article, from Twitter to Instagram to Pinterest and I’m never at my desk for more than hour. Something always needs checking, liking, responding, reacting…I think the internet {and life} has officially given me A.D.D!

Well, enough is enough. No longer am I going to let those 67 open tabs distract me {yes, that was actually how many I had open earlier this week}. Starting this weekend I’m adopting the intention to take each moment, task and activity as they come and not move onto the next one until the first is completed. Thankfully, when you set such lofty goals and decide to start them on a weekend that means I’ll be “working”at lingering over cups of exceptional coffee. I will be striving for afternoon conversations to be long and deep. I’ll be forcing myself to maximize lazy, unrushed mornings. These are goals I’ll gladly sign up for. Sure, I do have a real project or two on my list, but I will do them quickly, efficiently and then move onto the next critical thing – deep, meditative relaxing. Sorry tabs, you’ll just have to wait until Monday before I will continue to channel my new zen-like mindset by closing each of you, one by one with an overly triumphant click!

However, if you have a bit of time to enjoy some weekend clicking, we’ve rounded up our favorite discoveries of the week to enjoy! Just don’t try to read them all at once.

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> Kickstart Your Day + Night. Our favorite cafe is opening a restaurant!

> Put A Post-It On It. At your next party, hang this super-smart DIY on your walls.

> Wired. This furniture line has us completely hooked.

> Copper Obsession Continued. We want to make this SO bad.

> Gluten-Free and Delicious. A 3-seed cracker recipe for your next cheese platter!

> Design x Coffee Collide. 10 artful coffee drippers you’ll want to “add to cart!”

> Makeup-less Man Repeller. Why Leandra doesn’t wear makeup- a must read.

> A Home Tour for The Books. The colors in this house are gorgeous!

> Crazy for Coconuts. Everything you need to know about coconut oil.

PS: There will be a fun bonus giveaway launching tomorrow! So make a point of checking back in!!

image by a pair of pears