Pesto Quinoa

Word to the wise:

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Keep a journal. I don’t care if you’re 7 years old, 16, 25, or 87. There is something fascinating and amusing about going back and reading what you’ve written.

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I read about February 2007. 6 years ago, people. I was 15 and carefree. I also had a bit of an attitude and thought I was seriously hot-stuff.

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Reading what I had written in my sophomore year in high school was hysterical. Life revolved around sleepovers, movie nights, and boys. That was the year I was asked to prom for the first time, got my HPV shot, and all my friends got their license. Except me. I was the baby. It happens.

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Do it, people. I promise you, you will not regret going back and reading what happened 5, 7, 10 years ago. Even if you just write one paragraph. One sentence. Make a list. Write something to encompass what you’re going through because your memory only works so well but once it’s written down, it brings you right back.

Now I’m going to take a nice bath and read all my old journals. Enjoy some quinoa.

Pesto Quinoa

1 c quinoa
1 3/4 c vegetable broth
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 c pesto

1. Saute garlic in olive oil for 2-3 minutes over medium-low heat to infuse the olive oil.
2. Saute onion for 5-6 minutes, or until translucent and soft.
3. Cook quinoa according to directions, but in vegetable broth rather than water.
4. Combine garlic, onion, quinoa and pesto and serve hot.


4 thoughts on “Pesto Quinoa

  1. michaelawanders says:

    Haha Skinny Muffin my reaction was the same as yours reading the above comment. Is it possible to hate pesto? I didn’t think so!

    I’ve been journaling since I was about eleven years old, and am super fortunate to actually have a sister who MAKES journals for a living (you can check her out at or so I have a reliable, free supply of the most amazing, beautiful journals. And of course, encouragement to write in them often šŸ™‚

    Love the recipe, love the encouragement to journal, LOVE your blog!

    • skinnymuffin109 says:

      Thank you so much! It feels so great to know there are people out there who like my blog! Haha. I will definitely have to check out those journals – that is so cool! Journaling is the best. And once you start looking back, it becomes an addiction, and just makes you want to write MORE so when you look back on today, you have so much to read. Keep up the journaling!

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