Curried Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas

The moms from my Bible study class had a holiday lunch gathering.  I knew there would be a Chick-Fil-A nugget tray, but after recently reading ” target=”_blank”>Eating Animals (and other books), I have moved from eating mostly vegetarian to being a vegetarian.  No nuggets for me.  At the same time, I also didn’t want to make a big deal about it with my friends and make anyone uncomfortable, so I made this salad for my meal.

In the spirit of keeping it real, my kids did eat the nuggets.  I’m trying to navigate the waters when it comes to how I feed them in social situations when all of their peers are eating food that I don’t feel good about.  My kids don’t currently share my convictions.  They are 5 & 2 – clearly they don’t get the implications of factory farming and other moral dilemmas associated with eating meat.  I don’t serve them meat at home and very rarely order it for them when we are out as a family.  However, once or twice a month we are in a situation like this where I have trouble asking them to forgo what all of their friends are eating.  I load up their plates with fruit and veggies and crackers and all the non-meat sides, but I do let them have the meat.

Okay, on to the recipe:

Curried Quinoa Salad with Chickpeas

  • 1 cup quinoa – I used sprouted, but regular would work fine
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cumin

Bring all ingredients to a boil and cover, reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool.

When cool, toss with:

  • 1 green apple, diced
  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 c diced cilantro
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1/4 c diced green onions

Mix up and stir in dressing:

  • 3 Tbsp EVOO
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • salt and pepper to taste

A couple of days later the kids and I went on an outing and I enjoyed the salad again as a picnic lunch, while they ate pb&j.

Any other mamas out there facing this same dilemma with allowing/not allowing your kids to eat something based on your personal convictions?

Do you agree that it is quite hard to explain to a child that young why they aren’t allowed to eat something with all their friends, or am I taking the easy way out?