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BlenderBottle winners….and a yummy quinoa recipe for you!

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jul 23, 2012

Congrats to

Melanie Wright of Katy, TX

Afton Blakely of Ankeny, IA

Ian Regis of Farmington, UT

who won a BlenderBottle by being the first to write us yesterday. Get on an RSS feed because I have a goal to do a lot more giveaways on my blog, and you have to act fast when you read we’re doing a giveaway. A company with a cool, healthy product I like can send us a sample for evaluation, and then just for giving at least three of my readers a free one, they get a link from our high-traffic site pointing to theirs. (Blendtec putting GreenSmoothieGirl.com on its site when we were new vaulted us into the Google stratosphere.)

Today I’m sharing a fabulous recipe from 12 Steps to Whole Foods that is a light meal we love in the summertime, with one of my favorite foods, quinoa. Quinoa is an ancient grain—only it’s not really a grain, it’s a seedfruit, but you can use it hot or cold as a bed for raw veggies and a great dressing.

People gobble this salad up at a party and then ask you what it was. You get to teach them about how yummy a plant-based dish can be, with a new grain they’ve never tried, and they LOVE you for teaching them something new that’s both healthy and yummy.

Some of my favorite reasons to love quinoa? It’s gluten free. It’s light and easy to eat, mild flavor, low calories, high in PROTEIN. Cooks in just ten minutes. Quinoa is so versatile (we have lots of quinoa recipes in 12 Steps). Cheap and filling. Cook up a bunch and freeze it in baggies to thaw and add fruit and almond milk for breakfast—or veggies and beans and dressing for lunch or dinner.


2 cups quinoa, rinsed well (soak for a few minutes, then drain in a fine strainer)

4 cups water

2 cans black beans, rinsed well

4 medium tomatoes, diced

8 green onions, chopped (including most of the green part)

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro


1 heaping Tbsp. grated lime zest

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. sea salt (best: Original Crystal Himalayan Salt)

1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper

Whisk together the lime zest and juice, olive oil, maple syrup, salt, and pepper in a serving bowl. Simmer the quinoa in water uncovered for about 10 min. Turn off the heat, cover, and let stand 10 min. Strain any excess water. Add quinoa to dressing and toss well, then stir in remaining ingredients (beans, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro).

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25 thoughts on “BlenderBottle winners….and a yummy quinoa recipe for you!”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey Robyn, I had a question for you, have you ever used your Blendtec over seas? I am dying to try my hand at smoothies here in Asia and my blendtec was the one thing I wanted to bring, but their customer service now tells me not to try. I was just wondering if you had or known of anyone who has tried before. Thanks!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yay! Thanks Robyn and team!

  3. I have been looking for new quinoa meals. This one looks super good. I think I might whip it up.

  4. Dear Robyn,

    Thanks for answering my question. Why can’t I use any greens-grass, leaves, grape leaves-to make smoothies? Deer eat foilage. Why can’t we?

    Many thanks!


    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Terry, you can eat all those things, though i don’t recommend grass, which is digestible by the four-chambered stomach only. Leaves, depends on whether they’re edible. Grape leaves are edible, as are squash leaves, carrot and beet and turnip and radish tops, and many weeds like purslane, lambsquarter, dandelion.

  5. Anonymous says:

    HI Green in Viet! If Im right I think I know you! The only person who I know that recently moved to Vietnam (from Eagle Mountain??)! Hope your having a blast there!

    Also Robyn thanks for the recipe. I love Quinoa and appreciate new recipes! Easy is the best!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love the versatility of Quinoa! It makes a great whole food dessert as well! Thanks for sharing this recipe, Robin!

  7. Anonymous says:

    If you like quinoa and haven’t been to this site yet, you will be hard pressed to find a more diverse collection of quinoa recipies. http://www.cookingquinoa.net/

  8. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    I have a question, I am almost 70 years old and sick and tired of feeling tired and being achy from arthritis. I got your Green Smoothie book and I started doing the smoothies…I actually put on weight around my middle. Then I read your article on “sole” so I sent and got that and started using that each morning when I got up. I notice that my fingers are retaining fluid (I guess,’cause I can’t get my rings off). So then I did the three days of nothing but smoothies…no change. I usually make the smoothie with a couple of cups of spinach, a little kale, a little collards, coconut oil, lemon, bee pollen, water, a banana, a packet of stevia (yesterday I added some watermelon, and a couple of fresh strawberries). So I don’t think I’m using too much fruit. What am I doing wrong…I am so disappointed?

    thanks for any advise…Loretta

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Loretta, what you’re eating is GOOD stuff. You have a pretty entrenched inflammation situation that isn’t going to go away in a few days, and a long-term commitment to eating mostly raw plants—cut out salt! except that tsp. of sole—and also get a turmeric supplement, which is amazing as an anti-inflammatory.

    2. Donna Leininger says:

      Loretta, maybe you could try leaving out the bee pollen as some people have reactions to it.
      Just a thought, 🙂

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi Robyn,

    Thanks for the quinoa recipe!, I will try it.

    My favorite recipe for quiona is:

    Put quinoa in the rice cooker.

    I large can of jalapenos, I think they are marinated and usually have a slice of carrot in it

    fresh zucchini and onion.

    I blend the jalapenos really quick in my vitamix and then throw everything in the rice cooker.

    As its done I had fresh veggies from the garden, wah lah!, its wonderful! I make it at work all the time and the troops love it.

    1. Jean Borden says:

      So, this sounds really interesting. How much quinoa do you use, and do you blend the zucchini & onion with the jalapenos, or add them to the quinoa?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Going to make this for Sunday dinner. Thanks!

  11. Anonymous says:

    My two cents on Terry’s notion to add leaves and greens from her living environment. Wild plants are great, they also concentrate alkaloids that your body may not like initially. From my own experience I would start small introducing one or two new Wilds at a time to find out just how my body reacts. Making sure my identification of said plant is solid and they are organic, free from pollution and pesticides, of course.

  12. What other water can we use besides bottle water?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Loretta for writing that – I am having the same problem after starting the smoothies and I was wondering why too. My husband has lost 4 pounds and all I have done is gain and feel worse – more indigestion, tired, swollen, etc. I was wondering what was going on as I have done cleanses and eat rather well but for some reason the smoothies seem to be upsetting my system. So guess I will stick with it and hopefully things will get better.

  14. LOVE my Blendtec BUT I cannot keep the blender container clean! I wash it in hot biodegradable soap right after usage. It gets SO cloudy! I’ve had it a yr, got it clear again by using bleach, which I hate using … it’s starting to get cloudy again. I FIRST tried vinegar and baking soda. Made it thick and rubbed and rubbed it in, let it set… did little. Any suggestions? What do YOU do? Thanks!

    1. Jenny, I wish I had an answer for you, but I had the same problem with the constant cloudiness. I was told to wash it with warm water & detergent,(as I was doing already) but nothing worked. When my original jar failed and I got a new one, it never had the problem. I can’t think of anything I was doing before that I’m not doing now. ???

  15. Anonymous says:

    I have found quinoa & absolutely LOVE it! I have a good selection of recipes……thanks for another!

    I do want to ask if Agave can be substituted for Maple Syrup in this recipe?

    Thank you for having a web-site that I came across sometime back & getting me hooked on smoothies! I did purchase a BlendTec & could not live without!

    I have made my reservations for the Grand Rapids GSG class……see you then!

  16. That recipe looks gorgeous. I’m going to have to give that a try. I’ve never tried a blender bottle. Maybe my husband could do with one for his daily green thickies that he takes to work to give them a bit of a shake up.

  17. Anonymous says:

    This is for the Blendtec customers who wash their bottles and the bottle gets cloudy. After use just put a drop of dishwashing detergent and a couple cups of warm water. Run it on the number 5 speed for 30 or 40 seconds. Rinse and let dry. I’ve had mine for over a year and the jar is still clear.

  18. Anonymous says:

    will you answer? I see questions but no answers…what gives?

  19. Jim says:

    heat food over 180 f. l-tryophan mutalates to a cargenisic form, as the heat rises the other amino acid mutlate to a carogenisic form, sorry about spelling.

  20. Jean Borden says:

    I attended your class in Encinitas yesterday, and wanted to order some things, including the minerals, but I’m 81 yrs. old, and couldn’t stand in the line long enough to accomplish that. Is there any way to get the special price for the minerals offered at the class?

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