Summer Quinoa

We just celebrated Miss Greta’s 13 month birthday, but I thought I’d rewind today and do a quick recap. During her ninth month she was cruising all over and practicing standing on her own. Then she took her very first wobbly steps! She enjoyed a ton of new foods and started having scrambled eggs for breakfast every morning and eating off our plates at restaurants. She also really started getting into everything, did a little toy stealing at daycare, and started blubbering with her lips and making fun sounds. She also liked to climb into a book bin at daycare and “read” all the books.

We did a mini photo shoot in Harvard Yard on her 11 month birthday, and she was off and running! Her walking became very solid during her tenth month, and she had her first mac & cheese and bites of pizza! My parents visited and got a kick out of her new mobility. She began pointing and clapping her hands, and loved taking everything in and out of our kitchen cabinets. Her favorite toys were her shoes, so I guess she takes after her mama!

And here are a few pictures from her birthday! Her daycare teachers made her this cute crown and we got her a cupcake to enjoy.


She loved banging on her xylophone and pointing to everything while saying dododododo. She became very fast at running and also started climbing up on the couch and then back down again, and then back up and then down again. Her favorite foods were fish, bananas, raspberries, and yogurt. She really loves fish and now Apolinaras makes it for us several times a week. Her favorite game was taking toys out of a bin and then putting them back in again, over and over. She also mastered giving a high five and loved to wave to everyone.

We also visited Lithuania during her eleventh month so Greta could spend time with her grandma. I’m not going to recap our visit since we visited many of the same places I’ve already talked about, and let’s face it, it would probably take me several more months to get the post up, haha, but it was so wonderful for Greta to see where her tete (daddy) grew up.

lithuania beach

She loved the beach and hiking in the forest, and not surprisingly, wasn’t a huge fan of the mineral water.

mineral water

On the culinary front, she picked her first edible mushroom there and tried smoked eel for the first time (which is amazing)!


Phew, ok, I will recap her 13 month birthday next time! Today’s recipe goes perfectly with this post because it’s also from the summer…. Yep, I made this quinoa a few months ago and it has summer squash in it, but I think broccoli would a very tasty substitution. The delicious dressing, made with roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, basil, and goat cheese makes this quinoa dish especially delicious, any time of the year!

summer quinoa

Summer Quinoa
Printable Recipe


6 cups chicken stock
3 cups quinoa
1 cup chopped roasted red peppers
1 cup sun dried tomatoes
1 cup packed basil (4 ounces)
8 ounces goat cheese
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons salt

Chicken and Veggies:
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
5 chicken breasts, chopped into bite sized pieces
2 summer squash, chopped
2 zucchini, chopped

To prepare the quinoa, place chicken stock and quinoa in a large stockpot over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until all stock is absorbed and quinoa is soft. Place quinoa in a large bowl.

To prepare the dressing, place roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, basil, goat cheese, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and salt into a food processor and pulse for one minute or until smooth. Stir dressing into the bowl with the quinoa and mix well.

To prepare the chicken and veggies, place 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, add chicken to the pan, and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center; place chicken in bowl with the quinoa. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan and the squash and zucchini; sauté for 6 to 8 minutes or until veggies are tender and stir veggies in with the quinoa and chicken. Makes 10 servings.

Nutrition: 580 calories, 23.3g fat, 6.6g fiber, 44.9g protein per serving
Cost: $1.89 per serving

5 Responses to Summer Quinoa

  1. I can’t believe she’s already 13 months old! Where does the time go? She’s absolutely adorable and what a fun age – learning to walk! I’m sure she’s into everything now.

    You and I clearly share the love of goat cheese! I’m going to have to try this one with the last of my basil. Just in time!

  2. It is seriously crazy how much time flies!! I can’t believe she’s already 13 months. She’s getting so big and even CUTER (who knew that was even possible!?)

    Mmm quinoa and goat cheese. Two of my favorites!

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