cherry ginger coconut quinoa

by Kristina Sloggett

in Breakfast, cherry season, Dessert, Gluten Free, recipes, snacks, Vegan

I know this sounds totally guuh (because it is), but I cannot stand our dishwasher.

The actual washer itself is just fine, it’s the baskets inside, both the upper and lower. I think they were designed by someone whose entire dish collection is shot glasses and teacup saucers. Our normal sized (not gargantuan) dinner plates do not fit. Weird.

Also, the design is frustrating – I am one who likes to be efficient when it comes to dishwasher loading (read: cram as much in there as possible), and these baskets are anything but efficient. They have weird shapes and barriers and movable walls.

Jason recently said a new dishwasher is “obviously at the top of our list” of renovation projects… but the fact that we just bought a house has made me a (heat) miser*, because I tell him no, I will just see if I can find new baskets for it. It works perfectly fine, and I actually really like the options it has and how quiet it is.

Besides, the top of my list is expanding the kitchen island.

*There is a heat miser setting on my dish washer – that is a positive.

My new favorite quinoa? Served on salad sized plates. Totally works here.

cherry ginger coconut quinoa

dairy and gluten free, vegan

serves two

1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 inch ginger, peeled and minced fine
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
pinch salt
1 cup fresh cherries, halved
(handful) raw cashews, choppedΒ 

In saucepan, combine quinoa, coconut milk, ginger, rice vinegar and salt, bring to boil then reduce to simmer. Cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes, just until liquid is absorbed. Fold in cherries, serve and garnish with cashews. Enjoy warm or cold.

…and because I can never leave well enough alone – if the cherries aren’t sweet enough:

make gif

The spicy ginger and the fragrant rice vinegar bring a savory flavor to a creamy coconut comfort, and the bites of sweet are likeΒ a cherry on top. TheΒ cashew was a last minute addition for crunch, and it totally works here.

Melted dark chocolate was a perfect afternoon snack topper. Totally works here.


{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 erinwyso July 19, 2012 at 5:30 am

Looks lovely — nice action shot!


2 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:55 am

thank you Erin! :)


3 Heather (Where's the Beach) July 19, 2012 at 5:31 am

LOL – seriously, I think the top part of most dishwashers was made for shot glasses and the bottom for plates only definitely not large bowls!


4 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:54 am

I suppose we could all just start drinking shots… πŸ˜‰


5 Lora July 19, 2012 at 7:32 am

I have a mini dishwasher in my NYC apt that drives me bonkers trying to fit things in. This quinoa is beautiful!


6 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:51 am

I think that makes you lucky, right? to have a dishwasher in your NYC apartment is kinda rare, yes? the first (tiny!) apartment Jason and I shared did not have one… so I DO appreciate any dishwasher, actually. πŸ˜‰


7 natalie@thesweetslife July 19, 2012 at 8:45 am

you’re definitely finding some great uses for the cherries!


8 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:49 am



9 christina July 19, 2012 at 10:12 am

Um, what? Drool.


10 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:48 am

yes, that’s what.


11 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 19, 2012 at 10:14 am

I love cherries and you’ve got me beat on creative uses!


12 Lisa B July 19, 2012 at 11:06 am

Whoa—looks awesome!
I hear you on the dishwasher frustration. It’s the little details that you don’t think about—I mean, don’t we all just assume a dishwasher in today’s world would be the most efficient thing ever and work with all dishes?!


13 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:47 am

thanks Lisa B! πŸ˜€ yes, you would expect that… I really cannot figure out what they were going for in this case! :)


14 Jobo July 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I am the same way with my dishwasher!! So funny. And wow, this looks fabulous but sadly I cannot make it for M (just me!$ as he claims quinoa hurts his stomach. Weird??


15 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:42 am

more for you, indeed! πŸ˜‰


16 Lora @cakeduchess July 19, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I want this for dessert and then for breakfast tomorrow. I should be a good girl and not crave it for dessert, right?;) That action photo is lots of fun! I know how you feel about the dishwasher;)


17 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:41 am

this IS a “good girl” dessert! you know dark chocolate is good for you, right? right?? πŸ˜‰ welcome home, again, it’s good to see you back around here! πŸ˜€


18 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) July 19, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I <3 sweet Quinoa – this looks awesome. My dishwasher sucks too. The cycle is at least 90 minutes and the top rack is never dry. It is such a pain in the ass!


19 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:40 am

GAAH, that is the other thing, mine doesn’t dry either, even when I push that setting. when the cycle is complete, I open it and pull out the baskets to sit there and dry. I’m standing there shaking things, looking like a fool πŸ˜‰


20 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 19, 2012 at 2:48 pm

You’re killing me here! That looks amazing! I agree with you, go for the kitchen island expansion and find a new basket. I hate our dishwasher too, but it’s not horrible…just not great. Oh well…

Seriously, why do you have to live on the other side of the country??? It’s not right!


21 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:36 am

the kitchen island is really what I want to do first… I have it all drawn out, actually, exactly what I want to do! πŸ˜€ (of course…) I can live with the weirdo dishwasher (after several years of NOT having one in our first apartment together, I am thankful for just having one!). but it actually makes me laugh at how weird the baskets are, like, what IS this supposed to do? my (again, normal sized) glasses don’t even fit in one of the rows. crazy-making. πŸ˜‰

and I don’t know… but I’ll keep up my campaign to get you all out here. πŸ˜‰


22 Corrie July 20, 2012 at 4:33 am

my neighbor has a tree and shared some cherries with us yesterday!! I know whats for breakfast tomorrow LOL


23 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:32 am

ha – wow, following the carrot pancakes? I am flattered! enjoy!


24 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit July 20, 2012 at 5:11 am

Mmmm cherries. Yes! I love the chocolate on top. I’d do the same thing.
I hate dishwashers. Period. For some reason, I just hate loading them, unloading them, picking out the dishes that didn’t wash properly… I can’t be bothered. We rarely use ours. bah!


25 spabettie July 20, 2012 at 7:31 am

I go through so many dishes on my testing days, I have to use it… and I am still hand washing a lot (my ‘special’ pieces, large pieces, $200 knives, you know…) :)


26 Dani July 20, 2012 at 9:44 am

I know what I’m saving my cherries for now :)


27 spabettie July 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm

it will be worth it, I promise! πŸ˜€


28 Wendy July 20, 2012 at 11:19 am

This looks so amazing! I just got cherries at Whole Foods and can’t wait to give this one a try! And – your action shot is awesome!


29 spabettie July 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm

thank you, Wendy – hope you like it as much as I do!


30 Mom Foodie July 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Love the action shot πŸ˜€


31 Jeanette July 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm

I love the cherries and ginger in your quinoa recipe! And that action shot is so fun – how did you do that?


32 spabettie July 30, 2012 at 9:55 am

hi Jeanette, the action shot is a gif – you can make them easily with a series of photos (google ” gif maker “) πŸ˜€


33 Chris July 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

this sounds good, I like the ginger + rice vinegars.


34 spabettie July 30, 2012 at 9:54 am

thank you Chris!


35 Korin July 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm

you have been busy this “cherry season” LOL. I love that you cooked the qunioa with coconut!


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