today is day two of our post-thanksgiving cleanse. no meat, eggs or dairy. the next 6 days are essentially a vegan diet. today we had red and white quinoa with grilled vegetables for lunch and spaghetti squash with homemade tomato sauce for dinner. they were both so good that i may enter them into our usual meal rotation! i think it's recipe time. DECONSTRUCTED STIR-FRY (QUINOA WITH GRILLED VEGETABLES AND SAUCE) 1 large zucchini, sliced lengthwise 1 large red pepper, julienned 1 tablespoon of olive oil salt and pepper a small piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 1 cup of white or red quinoa (we used both) FOR THE SAUCE: 3 tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce the juice from 1/4 of a lemon 1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger, grated 1/2 teaspoon of chili garlic sauce, such as sriracha 1. Fire up your grill or place a grill pan over medium-high heat. Toss the vegetables with the olive oil and some salt and pepper. Grill the vegetables on both sides until soft and covered with nice, dark grill marks, about 4-5 minutes per side. 2. Meanwhile, put the quinoa in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and cover with 2 cups of water. Place some slices (4 or 5) of the fresh ginger in with the quinoa. Simmer until the quinoa is tender and the water is gone, about 10 minutes. 3. Whisk all the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. 4. Remove the ginger slices from the quinoa and spoon a generous amount on each plate. Top each pile with some grilled vegetables, and spoon a few tablespoons of sauce over the top. Eat it! i wasn't expecting much from this dish. i like quinoa, but i wouldn't say i LOVE it. that said, i LOVED this dish. It was so healthy and flavorful! I will definitely be making this again. today was a pretty relaxed day. sylvie and i hung out this morning while travis taught his class. we read books, watched yo gabba gabba and sesame street videos on youtube, and took a bath. she was in such a good mood this morning! travis went into the studio for a few hours this afternoon, and i worked on illustration commissions while sylvie napped. i got a lot of work done, and that always feels good. i think it's time for a shower followed by some hot herbal tea. have a great night!