A nice combination of pretty, red quinoa and brown rice.

A side dollop of ginger hummus.

Now that’s what I call a fabulous dish.

Wouldn’t ya say so yourself?

It’s a pretty n’ healthy quinoa recipe.

O and it’s a vegan quinoa recipe, too.

Pretty nice, huh?

I think it’s a pretty dish.

Kinda reminds me of confetti.

But without the whole party.

Well, it’s a party in my kitchen if that counts.

Does it?

Well, either way I had my own lil’ party making it.

And I’m sure you will too.

I mean, come on now.

It’s Friday.

Friday means party time.

My definition of party?

Jazz music playing…stove fired up…oven burning…veggies chopping and candles burning.

Yes, I’m a wild, wild partier.

Who am I kidding?

Leave the partying to my little sister.

My oven’s off, my stove is calm, my belly is full with and I’m in bed.

O what a Friday night party in Manhattan.

Love it.


Lemon Coconut Quinoa with Ginger Hummus

Gluten-Free and Vegan

Serves 2


  • 1 cup red quinoa, cooked and cooled
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked and cooled
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 small tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 small sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and mashed
  • 2 cups chickpeas, cooked
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp. black sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated


  1. In a large serving bowl, combine cooked quinoa and brown rice.  Add lemon juice, zest, coconut flakes, dill, tomato and onion; gently toss to combine.  Set aside.
  2. In a separate small bowl, combine mashed avocado, chickpeas, vinegar, cinnamon, sea salt and ginger.  Using an electric mixer, whip mixture until it forms stiff peaks.  Add sesame seeds; mix well to combine.
  3. Serve quinoa mixture at room temperature with a side dollop of ginger hummus.
  4. Enjoy.

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  1. Mmmm! Looks delicious…with all of my favorite ingredients! Can’t wait to try. Hope all is well, Amie!

    1. Thanks Lauren; so great to hear from you! I was just thinking about you last week and hope all is well. Have a wonderful Halloween and thank you so much for your comment.

  2. Hi Amie,

    This recipe looks amazing! I am an avid quinoa maker and always love new recipes. The coconut flakes are the perfect substitute for coconut milk (which I often find too heavy and sweet, especially with the delicate texture of quinoa). This may be on my Friday night to dos 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!
    Alyssa xx

    1. Thank you so much, Alyssa; so great to hear from you! I LOVE your blog. You are amazing and I am flattered to hear from you! You are the true QUEEN of Quinoa and it means so much to me that you enjoyed this quinoa recipe. Hope you enjoy this recipe; have a fabulous weekend!

  3. Hi Amie, I’m happy you found my blog! Sounds like you and I have many, many things in common. “Culinary Marketing Consultant, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Columnist, and Nutritionist” holy wow, you have my DREAM job. I too am a Nutritionist, but culinary marketing consultant, food columnist? Wow, very awesome.
    I’m with you on the partying. Just not my thing anymore. Many of my friends are still in the “scene” but I’d rather be wrapped up in a big blanket with a good book and falling asleep by 8pm on a Friday night 😛

    1. Thank you, Leanne; great to hear from you! That big blanket on a Friday night sounds fabulous to me! Love it. I am so happy we found each others blogs and I am so excited to hear more about you and read more of your posts!
      So fun.
      Have a great Sunday and thank you for all of your kind words; greatly apprecaited!

    1. Awe; thank you so much Iris! So great to hear from you. I miss you more….you are so fabulous and I cannot wait to come visit you out West!
      Have a fabulous weekend!

  4. I’m with you on that one, Amie! As much as like to party and have fun, Friday nights I’m pooped from 4:45AM alarm clocks, working all day, then coming home to study for my college classes. It’s all worth it though!

    The receipe looks really yum! I have never tried quinoa before and looks like a really healthy grain. I’ll have to try this!

    Enjoy your Friday night relaxing! 🙂

    1. I hear ya on that one, Nizzy! Love my cozy Friday nights, especially now that the weather is getting cooler…I can’t wait to start baking for the holidays, too!
      Have a great weekend.

  5. Amie, you are too young and pretty to be home alone on a Friday night. Party your life away girl – it’s too short not to experience life 🙂

    (P.S a “party” can be as simple as meeting with friends, going to a movie, taking a dance class or starting a scrapbook 😉 ). Anything to remember there is more to life than food, ourselves and worries 🙂