M’s Cold Quinoa Salad

On a Monday morning, it’s tempting for me to just go over and tell the workers what I want done today. But instead, I ask how their weekend was, Jose tells me he had to water alot. “Yeah, we need rain badly,” I say. Then, I say, “Hey, can you finish the caulking on this room first, before you start the tiles? I’ve got a man coming with five children as guests tomorrow.” I’ve learned alot this year. No one wants to start the week with that, here. And probably most cultures. They want to know you care first.

Recipe of the Day – Cold Quinoa Salad

This is my sister’s Cold Quinoa Salad Ingredients:

 2-3 c.of cooked or sprouted quinoa

Hanful of freshly diced cilantro

½ – 1 c.cooked black beans

Handful of seedless red grapes

Sprinkle Pomegranate seeds (optional)

1 c. diced mango (optional)

1 c diced  noodles of zucchini (optional)

2 c. diced kale or spinach (optional)

1 avocado


½ c.tahini

1 cup OJ

Small amount of low sodium soy sauce or Bragg’s Aminos

1 T. miso (optional)

Dash of hot sauce or chipotle (optional)

Directions: Mix together all the ingredients. Then mix together the dressing by hand or in a small blender.  Pour over salad.

Word of the Day – quinoa – quinoa

Tip of the Day – Say “hi” before you give instructions, and ask about the workers’ health before you laden them with details, Dorothy.

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