Saturday, January 7, 2012

5 observations and quinoa with spinach

  1. The weather is beautiful and I crave the beach. Sunday is sure to find ne somewhere hot and sandy.
  2. I love how many people are out exercising in the morning. It's like a party in the park! I know most of them won't keep it up past January, but all that motivation and optimism is cheering.
  3. At a New Years party a guy told me how he didn't make resolutions; that he preferred to go with the flow. I like the way that sounds, but it doesn't work for me. Going with the flow always seems to lead me back to my old ruts (the easy, worn path). I actually write an ambitious to-do list in January and refer back to it (like the driven person I am not). I didn't tell that to the guy at the party though... a to-do list doesn't sound nearly as cool as going with the flow--I felt really square.
  4. The new Muppet movie has finally come to Panama. If it's dubbed I'll be disappointed.
  5. This is pretty:

After all the ham and cinnamon buns and cookies that were Christmas I am more ready for something a little more nutrient-dense.

Spinach and Quinoa

1 cup quinoa
14 oz can garbanzo beans, drained
6 cups spinach, washed, trimmed of stems and cut into bite-sized pieces (2 bunches)
1 or 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
2 or 3 lemons
feta cheese
3 or 4 chopped tomatoes
olive oil for drizzling and saute-ing
salt and pepper
Cook quinoa according to package instructions and set aside.
Saute the spinach in a little olive oil. Once the spinach is wilted add the garlic and garbanzos and heat through. Squeeze a lemon onto the mixture and sat and pepper to taste.
Stir the spinach mixture into the quinoa. Add lemon and salt and pepper to your taste.
Garnish the the quinoa with the tomato and feta. Drizzle with olive oil.


  1. Juanito has been begging to go see the new Muppet movie, but I have never gone to the movies here. You will have to let me know how it is.

  2. I'm also a mother from Canada who is planning to move to Panama in 2013. Any advice? I have twin girls who will be turning 3 that year.

    I would love to hear all about your experiences and how the transition went!!

    My email is

  3. Hey Jennifer, The muppet movie was good but dubbed. Which was fine but not the same if you are a nostalgic north american.

    Hi anonymous, My oldest daughter was three when we moved to Costa Rica. The transition was very smooth. I suspect that the transition back to Canada now (10 years later) would be much more dramatic!

  4. What sort of visa are you on in Panama? Did you have any troubles getting your children in and out of the country??

    1. We are permanent residents here in Panama. There are different eligibilities for residency. Ours is connected to my husband's job.

      We've never had problems with the kids (Costa Rica is more complicated). The only thing is, when applying for residency, immigration does not recognize common-law unions and to apply as a family, we had to get married.