I’m not the best example of a child of the 80’s.

I did wear scrunch socks and stirrup pants. I definitely had those t-shirt clips, neon shoelaces, and side ponytails. And crimped hair – I loved my crimper!

But I didn’t have any primary colored jeans. I never had moon shoes. And there is a huge list of classic 80’s movies that I’ve never seen.


Have you seen Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, or Mallrats?

I haven’t. And, until this weekend, I had never seen Children of the Corn.

I’m not sure what it is about most Stephen King movies, but they all seem like they’ll be so scary…and then I see them, and I sit there thinking really?

People saw this in theatres and were actually scared*? No one laughed out loud while watching the movie like we did this weekend? *(The only exception to this is The Shining, which is one of my favorites).

And isn’t Malachi a young Carrot Top?


Nick and I went over to a friend’s house to watch the movie on a projector, outside, on the back of her house. The weather was perfect, the beer was cold, and the food was good.

We all brought something to share for dinner, and since Nick and I were gone all day before heading over for movie night, my options in the fridge were limited.


I bought way too many blueberries last week and needed to use them before they started to shrivel up in the fruit drawer.

Again, not a great idea to make up a new recipe for the first time and take it for other people to eat, but I guess it’s just what I do.

I love other fruit in grain salads and knew the blueberries would be a nice sweet punch with the salty feta and crunchy zucchini.


It took me a long time to cross one 80’s movie off my list. I’m just happy it didn’t take me as long to try blueberries + zucchini +feta.

This might just become your favorite new summer salad! I know it’s mine.


Quinoa with Zucchini, Blueberries, and Feta

Makes: 6-8 servings


  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 zucchini, sliced lengthwise and diced
  • 1/4 cup feta, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp parsley
  • 1.5 tsp herbs de provence
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. Bring 1.5 cups water to a boil in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Add quinoa to water, bring back to a boil, then lower heat and let the quinoa simmer, covered, 7-8 minutes or until the quinoa has cooked and absorbed all the liquid.
  3. While quinoa is simmering, combine blueberries, chickpeas, zucchini in a large bowl.
  4. Once quinoa is cooked (and while it is still warm), stir in the olive oil, spices, salt, and pepper.
  5. Toss quinoa with blueberries and vegetables.
  6. Let the quinoa mixture cool 10 minutes before stirring in the feta.
  7. Serve cold or at room temperature.

25 Responses to “Quinoa with Zucchini, Blueberries, and Feta”

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 29, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I’ve actually only seen parts of those movies, never one from beginning to end!

    Love this creative combination of ingredients.

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    The Teenage Taste — June 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    This salad is truly one-of-a-kind. Brandi, you are so creative! I would have never thought of combining blueberries and feta cheese in one dish!

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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy — June 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Mmm I love fruit in salad, I have to give this a try! And OMG YOU NEVER SAW MALLRATS?!? (and ditto that for the other two movies as well).

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    Betsy — June 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    This recipe sounds great for breakfast! I’ve been looking for a gluten-free summer option… Thank you!

    And I saw Children of the Corn in 8th Grade and I had to sleep next to my mother for a month! (I am a total light-weight, though. ;)

  5. #
    Erica — June 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    hehe. The books are MUCH scarier than the movies. This salad sounds totally interesting. A combination of flavors I would never think to put together. Glad it turned out well!

  6. #
    Cait's Plate — June 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    YUM. Anything with feta and I’m sold! ;)

  7. #
    Shannon — June 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    lol, i had plenty of time with my crimper. scrunch socks, neon everything, and slap bracelets galore :) never seen children of the corn… but this salad needs to get in my belly. i need to stop eating all my fruit before it gets into something delicious like this!

    • admin replied: — June 29th, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      slap bracelets!!! I had a ton of those, too :)

  8. #
    lynn @ the actor's diet — June 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    beautiful and delicious! great recipe!

    • admin replied: — June 29th, 2011 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks Lynn! We loved it ;)

  9. #
    Lauren — June 29, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I am eating a quinoa bowl right now but I think I may go add a handful of blueberries. So good!!

  10. #
    natalie (the sweets life) — June 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    this sounds awesome! I’ve been wanting to make more quinoa dishes and might have to start with this one!

    ps. i’ve never seen most 80s movies either! :)

  11. #
    Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles — June 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Oh, I am making this ASAP. We’ve been getting a lot of zucchini in our CSA produce box lately – this is perfect! :)

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    Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola — June 29, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Omigosh- I totally rocked scrunchis and stirrup pants too. I also loved colored jeans- I can clearly remember a hot pink pair (which are oddly in again now) and a mint green pair. Haha ohhh the 80s. And you haven’t seen Pretty in Pink or Sixteen Candles? You should DEF watch them- they are great! And this recipe looks so yummy! I love the idea of the sweet blueberries and the salty feta!

  13. #
    Sarah R — June 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Sounds delicious! Blueberries are my favorite. Oh and I’m constantly trying new recipes on guests. No one has complained yet!

  14. #
    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes — June 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    I am a child of the 90’s sooooo half of the things you mentioned i never heard of! hahaha. The addition of blueberries with feta sounds amazingg. I have blueberries coming outta my wah-who so this recipe will be perfect :)

  15. #
    Brandie — June 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Hey Brandi! It is so nice to meet you!! You’re a Virginian and you’re a Brandi too..lol. Gotta love that and I love the name of your blog. I’m so glad you left a comment on my blog. Wow, I think it could take me days to go through all the treasure of recipes you have here!
    I live just outside Roanoke (grew up in Norfolk though). My parents live in deep Southwest Virginia, just outside of Norton.
    Really great to meet you!

    • admin replied: — June 30th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      So fun to meet another Brandie from VA :) I’m about 30 minutes outside of Blacksburg, so not far at all!

  16. #
    Maris (In Good Taste) — June 29, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    The salad had to of been a hit!

  17. #
    Lauren @ vegology — June 30, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Looks great! I’m so glad the movie wasn’t scary. Even outside, in the midst of all those corn fields… haha.

  18. #
    Stephanie @cookinfanatic — June 30, 2011 at 1:23 am

    I feel like blueberries are showing up in so many savory summer dishes these days, this one looks great!!


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