The Year of Moxie Quinoa

Sometimes when I’m out in the world, promoting Moxie soda, a ornery person will confront me with claims that soda is unhealthy.  What is the best way to respond to something like that?  Tell them to stop being a hater?  I don’t always have the best answer, but my general focus is on the practice of moderation in most things.

It’s not like I’m promoting Moxie cyanide cigarettes.

Last year, one of the surprise entries in the Moxie Recipe Contest was a healthy quinoa salad.  Submitted by a friend’s daughter who we’ll call Sierra, it was full of healthy goodness.  And quinoa.  And Moxie.

It was delicious.

The best part of Sierra’s recipe was its flexibility.  Her recipe doesn’t tell cooks exactly how much of everything to include in the salad; no micro-management of spoons and measuring cups.  Just moderation.

Quinoa, Grape, and MOXIE Salad  

Red quinoa
Kosher salt
Red grapes, halved
Celery, thinly sliced
Walnuts, chopped and twisted
Radishes, thinly sliced
Scallions, thinly sliced
Fresh dill, chopped

Olive oil
Garlic, minced
Black pepper

Prepare red quinoa with water and salt, according to package directions.  Mix with other salad ingredients and top with prepared dressing.  Let sit overnight.

Quinoa and MoxieI think Sierra is busy planning her FIFTH high school reunion, so I wasn’t able to interview her.  I wonder what she is cooking up for this year’s recipe contest?

Time will tell.

The Moxie Recipe Contest will be held on Friday evening, July 11, 2014, at Chummy’s Restaurant in Lisbon Falls, Maine.  The judging begins at 5:00 p.m.

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