I am having some serious fun writing the I Eat Plants column for LoHud.com! I enjoy writing about great vegan food and finds in Westchester County and sharing recipes each Thursday but this week takes the (vegan) cake. The Journal News / LoHud.com is sponsoring a Small Bites columnist “throwdown” at a local farm market.
The food editor, Liz Johnson, invited my fellow columnist Maria Reina and me to participate in a friendly recipe competition. I was pretty nervous because Maria is a trained chef and, well, I’m not! But you know me, always up for spreading the vegan food love.
Liz asked us to select produce from a local farm market and use the same ingredient in our recipes; we selected cippolini and bunching onions from Amawalk Farm. We created our recipes, make a video about the process and invited our readers to join in on the fun …. more on how YOU can get involved in just a moment!
First, here’s what I created. A Cucumber and Onion Quinoa Salad!
Second, here’s the video I made to describe the why and how behind the salad.
Third, here’s a sneak peak of the recipe:
Cucumber and Onion Quinoa Salad
Ingredients (Serves 6)
For the salad
- 1 1/2 cups quinoa (dry)
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups diced cucumber
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups grilled bunching and cippolini onions
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
For the dressing and instruction, get the recipe here!
So, where do you come in?
- You can vote online for your favorite recipe right now! You can vote on my Cucumber and Onion Quinoa Salad or Maria’s Chipotle Black Bean Burger (hold the cheese and use the non-egg option to make it vegan). VOTE HERE!
- Join us at the John Jay Farm Homestead Farm Market in Katonah, NY at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. We will have a cooking demonstration, walking you through our recipes, and will offer samples of our recipes. You vote for your favorite, so join us!
The Journal News has really gotten behind this event. Check out yesterday’s paper!
It’s all pretty exciting and I have had so much fun with Maria on this event. Dave will join me Saturday to help (and take pictures!); I will be sure to share the adventure with you! If you’re in metro-NYC, I hope to see you in Katonah Saturday!
In the meantime, my regular Thursday I Eat Plants column is up today.
Finally, I want to thank you for the incredibly rich comments on my It’s about the animals post. You all remind me why community is so important and why I have learned so much about a vegan lifestyle from writing this blog – because of your contributions. Thank you.