Abby Ann's Sweet Disposition

my ramblings, recipes, & life adventures

Month: August, 2012

Pesto, Quinoa, Veggies…Oh My!

Happy Thursday!

Thank goodness I only have 4 more days of work before I am on summer vacation! Yes, my last week of summer is my vacation.  With my classes, work, and internship I feel like I really haven’t had any relaxing time! But my best mate from England comes next week and we have so many fun activities planned, it’ll be awesomeee! Today after a grueling interval running workout I decided to do some cooking! Although I’d rather be doing some baking, my waistline doesn’t agree with me on that one, we fight a alot. So today I made some homemade Pesto…you can call me Giada from now on, and then some delicious summer quinoa salad. I usually cook haphazardly throwing in whatever we have around so I’ll try and throw some measurements into the recipe, but I mean whatever works for you!


What you’ll need…

1/2 cup pine nuts

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup olive oil

5 cups (or so) of FRESH basil (yumyumyum)

GARLIC I probably did about 3 tablespoons but it’s totally up to you, let’s just say no vampires will be attacking me today

Salt & Pepper to taste

This is so easy, just throw everything, except the olive oil, into the food processor. Once, you’ve pulsed it all together a little, slowly add all of the olive oil and some salt n’ peppa. Taste the pesto and see if its garlicy, basily, or salty, or peppery enough for you and just add what you think you need. Mine came out pretty good, but it’s better after it’s been sitting for a while.  I think we might try and freeze some in ice cube trays so we can just pop them out of the freezer and use them when we need it, genius I know.

So now that I have all this pesto, what the crap am I going to do with it? I know I’m making a healthy quinoa summer salad. Again, I just used veggies we had around the house and you can use whatever you want!

ImageQUINOA. this is one of my favorite grains…doesn’t everyone have their favorite grains? Anyways, it’s packed with protein and goodness and is pretty neutral tasting so whatever you add to it, it usually will taste damn good.  For a while I was eating quinoa like 7 days a week, so I took a break and now we have rekindled our love affair. You cook quinoa like rice so whatever liquid you use just use 2 cups of that to 1 cup of quinoa. I like to use veggie stock instead of water, gives it a little more flavor.  You bring the water to a boil then let it simmer and cook, just like rice! Make sure it doesn’t get stuck to the bottom of the pan or burn…I’ve done that a few times.

What you’ll need (what I used)

a handful of fresh cherry tomatoes cut in half

one cucumber cut into tiny pieces (almost cut my finger off)

a bit of onion

I used some of my moms home canned green beans which were delish, but use what you want!

Once the quinoa is done cooking throw it in a big bowl with the veggies and mix it up.  I also made a little dressing to go with it, some olive oil, red wine vinegar, and lemon juice…Probably about 1 tbl olive oil, 1 tbl lemon juice and a 1/2 tbl red wine vinegar. Or more, I can’t remember. I poured that over this delicious salad and then did a couple tbl of my fresh pesto. It is pretttty darn good as it, but I think that quinoa salads are better after they’ve been sitting for a while so I threw that bad boy in the fridge.  I should go grab some feta to throw on top when I eat it for dinner tonight because that would also be bomb.


So I have my dinner made before noon, such a Mom move but whatever I have to work at the outdoor pool tonight and I like to make my co workers jealous with my delicious food while their chowing down on lunchables or pb&js. Alright I am off to go make lunch, which will probably involve pesto and cheese…seriously stay away from my mouth later, or neck…vampires, unless you are Eric or Bill!

Have a sweet day!




Olympics Obsession

Okay, I am OBSESSED with watching the Olympics and of course watching the Today show cover the Olympics. Before I say anything…please enjoy this man candy that is known as the US Men’s Swimteam…drool…….

Okay, you can pick up your jaw off the floor and we will try and move on. And ladies back off Ryan Lochte is MINE, we are getting married in late November and yes you can all come.  Obviously the men have been slaying the swimming.  But of course Phelps screwed up in the 200 butterfly yesterday. I am not a fan of that guy anymore, he is way too full of himself.  Maybe I would like him more if I could only stare at his body and not his face…okay that was MEAN but you’re all thinking it. Lets move on to some of my other favorite stars of the Olympics, mostly because these two girls are bad ass and also like 16…craaaaaazy.

Missy Franklin, this girl is 16 and has already put herself on the map with swimming and seems like the sweetest person ever.  She’s refused thousands in prize money and sponsorships so she can swim for her high school in Colorado (which my best friends brother goes to…GO REGIS JESUIT!) I am also equally obsessed with her parents because they seem like the sweetest and most down to earth people ever. Unlike Phelp’s mom who is whoring him out for money…Subway anyone?

Gabby Douglas, yet another 16 year old who has accomplished more than I have. But she is also so adorable and kicking butt in gymnastics and will hopefully add another gold medal to her individual all around (I sound soooooo knowledgeable about gymnastics). Gabby looks sooo smiley and happy despite all the intense pressure on her because honestly I would be crapping my pants. Also her family is just as adorable as Missy’s!

I would also love to say that the Today show is my favorite, although I don’t understand why Ryan Seacrest is covering stuff with them…ANYWAYS yesterday they did some speed walking practice and I couldn’t stop laughing especially at good ol’ Al, look at his bright orange track suit. Whatta boss.

Well, I am off to get ready to go visit a great friend of mine in Baltimore! But, I will leave you with some more eye candy to get you through your day.

YOU ARE WELCOME! Have a sweet day! 🙂