Warm Ginger Glazed Carrot Quinoa Salad

This warm quinoa salad with ginger glazed carrots and onions will knock your socks off. This quinoa dish recipe has a bit of heat, a bit of sweet and a lot of savory. There’s crunch, nuttiness and fresh greens to add a punch of added health benefits.

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Have you seen the show Grace and Frankie yet? If not, you should. It’s a real kick. I watched one entire season with my mom. We would get together a few times a month and binge watch together. Then I got hooked and watched the rest of the season’s myself. Anyways, the new season is out and I’m really excited to sit by the fire tonight, eat this Warm Quinoa salad and sip a glass of wine. Who’s with me?

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This is a great on-the-go lunch as well. Store it in the fridge in containers that you can quickly grab and take to work, the park or in the car for post-gym. Speaking of the gym, I’ve spent a year working on building muscle mass and getting lean. It’s been so rewarding. Do any of you guys workout? Let me know in the comments. I share some of my workout milestones on Instagram, incase you don’t follow along, check out my handstands progress here.

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marinate & massage your kale

On another side note, while making this warm quinoa salad, I accidentally erased my photos of the maple ginger glazed carrots and onions. I am so stupid and super bummed because it shows them before and after while cooking. Darn it! Oh well, hopefully you get the idea. The kale should be prepped ahead like the image above. Be sure to add oil and lemon and massage it really well before adding it to your warm quinoa. This will help with digestion and make it more palatable.

I love this salad and have made it many times for pot lucks and dinner parties. It’s a great side dish or makes a really well balance main dish as well. People love the mixture of savory, with sweet and spicy plus all the different textures. It’s healthy and delicious, what more could you ask for?

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Warm Ginger Glazed Carrot Quinoa Salad Recipe

Serves 4



  1. In a sauce pan add water and quinoa. Bring to the boil. Then cover with a lid and simmer for 20 minutes.

  2. While it’s cooking, add 1 Tbsp olive oil to a frying pan and add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Cook until onion is translucent.

  3. Add 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tsp olive oil, tamari, freshly grated ginger, honey or maple syrup, sea salt and chili flakes.

  4. Immediately add the chopped carrots. Cook until carrots are soft, about 10 additional minutes. They will start to blacken if you let them cook on medium. Using a metal spatula scrape bottom of the pan and keep cooking until caramelized. About 5-10 more minutes. Don’t let them burn.

  5. When quinoa is finished cooking, add 1/2 tsp olive oil and pinch of sea salt. Stir until fluffy.

  6. In a separate bowl add chopped kale, squeeze of lemon juice and 1/2 tsp olive oil. Using your hands massage the kale really well and let sit for a minute or two.

  7. Combine the quinoa with the caramelized carrots. Stir well. Add the kale mixture and toss again.

  8. Serve warm. Top with chopped fresh mint or cilantro, toasted sesame seeds or chopped toasted almonds or pecans.

Shannon Staglin & Her Pasta Favorite

I'm so excited to introduce you to Shannon Staglin. I have raved about Staglin wines in the past {Napa Valley, CA} and displayed wonderful pictures of their property

I'm excited today to introduce you to Shannon and share one of her favorite pasta recipes! 

Shannon might not be a vegan but she is one of those people who uses mostly fresh organic produce from her yard. One of the coolests parts of Staglin Vineyard is that it's CCOF Certified Organic. So that means the lemons, pears, grapes, persimmons and so on, are all not sprayed and just perfect. 

Their yards boast of gorgeous fruit and vegetables. I'm always so jealous of Shannon's facebook pics showcasing her vast array of home grown tomatoes, herbs, grapefruit {greyhounds}, peppers and greens GROWN IN HER BACKYARD {wink}. 

Here is what Shannon has to say:

Living in the Napa Valley I am surrounded by an abundance of seasonal fresh produce from our gardens in Rutherford.  Late winter is the perfect time for green garlic, broccoli di cicco and a bowl of pasta! 


Broccoli di Cicco
2 Green garlic
1 Meyer lemon (zest & juice)
Flat leaf parsley
Chili flakes
Quinoa pasta
Parmesan cheese
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Kosher salt

Bring a salted pot of water to a boil and cook quinoa pasta according to instructions on package.

Chop up green garlic removing the root and the dark green part of the stem.  Slice stalk in half the cut in half moons.  Rough chop the Broccoli di Cicco in to bit size pieces.  In a heated sauté pan add olive oil, green garlic and chili flakes and sauté for several minutes until softened.  Add Broccoli di Cicco and cook until al dente.  Add the zest and juice from one meyer lemon.  Add salt to taste.

Strain the pasta and reserve a half cup of pasta water.  Add the pasta to the sauté pan with Broccoli di Cicco, drizzle with olive oil, add pasta water and cook over medium heat for several minutes to infuse the flavors into the pasta and the pasta water has been soaked up.  Toss with shredded parmesan, chopped parsley, chopped basil and serve. 

Staglin chardonnay goes really well with this recipe, but if I had to choose a wine other than ours, I'd say Goccino Chardonnay

GOCCINO December Selection: De Forville Chardonnay 2006 Most of the Piemonte region's Chardonnay vineyards are located in the Langhe DOC zone, which includes both the Barbaresco and Barlolo DOCGs, as well as the hills east and west of the Tanaro River. The Langhe DOC allows for a number of varietal wines, both red and white, however Chardonnay is quite unique in the sense that it is a non-native variety of the region. Grown in the calcareous clays on the slopes of the Lange hills, the Chardonnay grown here is able to retain both its acidity and its minerality. Langhe Chardonnay has recently become an important white wine category in Piemonte, with many of its producers making rich, complex and well structured wines. The better of the Chardonnays from Piemonte, as the 2010 De Forville Chardonnay, reflect the soils from which they are grown from in a very direct way.


Shannon Staglin is President at Staglin Family Vineyard. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Cultural Anthropology she moved back to Napa to work as a harvest intern in 2001 where she learned the details of production and viticultural practices. In 2002 she moved from the winery into the office where she honed her skills in marketing, hospitality, consumer and trade sales. After earning her MBA from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management she chose to work for several years outside of the wine business to gain insight, a different perspective and valuable experience that she could one day share with Staglin Family Vineyard. She was recruited to create the marketing program for Wells Fargo Family Wealth, providing multifamily office solutions to ultra-high net worth client families.

In 2011 Shannon returned to Staglin Family Vineyard where she oversees all aspects of the business. Her educational and professional experiences provide a new perspective and a fresh outlook that will enhance the family business for many years to