A new month has rolled around and I’m super pleased to introduce you to Shelby B. of GlitterfulFelt Stories as our March Top Mom. Besides being a wife and mom of three adopted children, Shelby designs and creates interactive felt board stories that help preschool children learn to read. She’s also a crusader for children’s literacy, autism, ADHD, saving our beaches, feeding the hungry and homeless, and children’s nutrition. Shelby sells her colorful and engaging felt boards based on popular children’s books and writes a family-oriented blog at GlitterfulFelt Stories, please take a minute and check out her site.
Shelby’s youngest child has been diagnosed with autism, ADHD, and neutropenia and suffers from numerous food allergies, so she raises her own fruits and vegetables and is a strong advocate for cooking at home to give your children the healthiest meals possible. She and her husband are writing a book about adopting children to help others adopt.
In case you’re not familiar with quinoa, it’s considered a super grain because of its unique qualities AND its gluten free and wheat free. Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain and provides all the essential amino acids in a balanced pattern. Quinoa was so important to the Inca culture, they referred to it as the Mother Grain.
Kid Friendly Quinoa Salad
Quinoa is a great way to add a lot of vegetables into your children’s diet. In our home our entire family participates in meal preparation. It is a great bonding experience and the children enjoy helping prepare their meals. I always try and find one thing that they can help with in meal preparation.
• 1 1/2 cup water
• 3/4 cup Quinoa
• 1 red bell pepper
• 1 green bell pepper
• 3-4 green onions
• 3 Tbl. Lemon juice
• 1 1/2 Tbl. Olive oil
• 1/2 tea. salt
• 1 1/2 tea. honey (agave for vegan)
• 1/4 tea. pepper
• 1 package of cherry tomatoes (summer use a large peach)
Directions: Boil water and Quinoa until it comes to a boil. Then cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. Chop all the ingredients. Let Quinoa cool. Mix ingredients. Serve chilled.
Watch Shelby prepare this quick and easy salad with her kids and witness for yourself how much they love it!