Cranberry Quinoa Muffins

I’ve been somewhat joking about making a cookbook, The Veggie Life, of my adapted vegetarian/vegan recipes. After a couple very successful recipe adaptations this week, I started to think about it seriously and googled the veggie life, which turned up to be a website devoted to landscape design. So, while I mull over the idea further, I’ll start putting the recipes on this blog from time to time; it’ll make it easier to print instead of my marked up written versions.

Today’s offering:

Cranberry Quinoa Muffins

Cranberry Quinoa Muffin

I fully intended to take more photos, but got sidetracked eating the muffins. By the time I thought of it again, it was too late. Num, num, num…Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Craisins (50% less sugar version)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium saucepan, bring quinoa and 1 cup water to boil. Reduce to simmer and cook until water has been absorbed 10-15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, spray a mini muffin pan with Baking Spray with Flour (or oil and flour the old fashioned way). In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and craisins. Add in 2 cups of the cooked quinoa. Set aside excess quinoa for another use.

3. In a small bowl, thoroughly mix together oil, milk, applesauce and vanilla. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; stirring just until combined. Divide batter into prepared pan.

4. Bake until toothpick inserted in cute center of a muffin comes out clean. 15-20 minutes. Cool muffins in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cook completely.

*Little did I know, I’ve been making my quinoa soggy all these years. It wasn’t until I came across this recipe I realized how much better it tastes with less water. NOW I know!*

**Brendon said these are too sweet! I’m not sure about that, but they sure do satisfy my sweet tooth.**


No Run Profile

For active duty service members (Wasn’t that all encompassing and PC?!), there is a slip called a profile. To have a profile is to say you don’t have to perform certain physical activities in an effort to force soldiers to rest and recover from over use or injury. I know all about profiles, since my hubby has been doling them out like stickers after a shot to his many patients through the years.

Who could guess, that I, less than two months to Army life exit, would get my own NO RUN profile. Yes, you read that right. No Running! for a mandatory 6-8 weeks. Oh dear me. I can already feel the cellulite doubling and the crazy creeping back in typing those words.

How did this happen? What the heck? I thought I only had shin splints?! Turns out the “shin splints” I’ve been nursing in my leg is a Grade One STRESS Fracture. Yes, you read that right. A stress fracture!!! Not shin splints. This has been a year of lower body injury for me. Two broken toes and now this.

Likely, as hubby tells me, this has been going on for a long while and something finally caused the fracture – enter LOTS of pain when I was running. Maybe it was Hapalua,  my B210K training runs or not paying attention to my strike patterns; it’s hard to say what it was, but regardless, I did NOT stop running, until these last few weeks when it became very apparent something more sinister was brewing.

So, there goes my plans of Fall marathon training, although, I am glad to still be in the military when this happened. If I didn’t get the scan, I would have kept running…which likely would have led to a more severe fracture. Again I am reminded, I must listen when my body calls for rest! I guess this means I’ll need to move my training to Spring, for the North Shore, and make a trip back to Hawaii to run with my bestie Payge! (Dare I dream?!) Until then, you’ll see me, walking


And just to end on a positive note: Brendon learned how to tie laces in under 30minutes. Granted this is probably a 4-year old skill, but hey, I just decided to teach him this Summer. I’m a velcro of convenience junkie.