Inspiration is the thing! And after a wonderful, relaxing one-week vacation in the jaw-dropping state of Colorado, that is exactly what I have…. Yes, inspiration!!! That is exactly why I am serving these Quinoa Pilaf Salad Cups today– so fresh, delicious, and healthy!!! This dish is typically prepeared as a warm salad, but it can also be served either at room temperature or chilled. It is in fact a combination of two dishes in one: a quinoa pilaf, with a fresh salad served in cabbage/lettuce cups. How cool is that?!! No, I did not eat quinoa pilaf salad cups in Colorado, but I would say that Colorado’s healthy life-style inspired me to create this quinoa pilaf salad.
Outdoor activities is what Colorado has plenty of to offer. Hiking, skiing, climbing, bicycling, horse riding, running, water activities, etc… You name it!!! It is not for nothing that Colorado is considered the most fit state in the US.
My children particularly enjoyed riding ponies right before we visited the Rocky Mountain National Park…
I loved climbing the mountain trails in Rocky Mountain National Park– nothing too extreme, but enough to get some exercise, while marveling at all the natural beauty that Colorado has to offer…. I especially enjoyed contemplating the handiwork of God, who is the greatest artist of all. I felt as though I were reading God’s love letter to mankind– it was like hearing Him say: I created all of this for you because I love you!
This was a feeling that occurred over and over all throughout my trip, including when we headed to Steamboat Springs, where waterfalls and other natural features amazed us time and time again…
We also had lots of fun riding up to the top of a high hill on a chairlift, and then zooming down the alpine slide on a roller-sled… a favorite of both adults and kids!!
As if that weren’t enough, we also watched a mesmerizing show: The Steamboat Springs Hot Air Balloon Rodeo.
I was particularly amazed at how one of the contestants dipped the basket of his balloon into the lake… Not just briefly, but the whole way across the lake’s surface!
Wow, wow, wow!!!!!!!! Those were the exact words that came out of my mouth… and I still say the same thing whenever I see these pictures that remind me of our week of one-of-a-kind adventures in the stunning state of Colorado.
I hope that my tasty and healthy quinoa pilaf salad cups amaze you as well.
For our other delicious salad recipes:
- Tropical Fresh Salad with Grilled Mangoes and Pineapple tossed with Spiced Citrus Vinaigrette Dressing (Salada Tropical com Manga Rosa e Abacaxi Grelhados e Molho Vinagrete Temperado)
- Stay-in-Shape Salad
- Brazilian-style Chicken Salad (Salpicão de Frango)
- Okra Tomato Salad (Salada de Quiabo com Tomate)
An Extra Picture for You… Tchau!!!!