A Touch of France : Lavendar Lemon Quinoa

Lemon Lavendar QuinoaI spent a semester in college living in France. More specifically, I spent a semester living in the Provence of France in a tiny little city called Lacoste. It was beautiful, right near the French Alps at the base of Mont Ventoux. My college, the Savannah College of Art and Design, had a little campus in Lacoste. It was an amazing semester.

One of the things I remember most about Lacoste was the over-abundance of lavender. The Provence of France provides a majority of the worldโ€™s lavender. There are literally fields upon fields of nothing but lavender. There was lavender in everything,ย  lemonade, cookies, breads, drinks, even satchels you placed in your clothes. Everything smelled of lavender. I really miss it sometimes.

I found cooking lavender this past week while my parents were visiting and I could not help but pick it. Knowing my current quinoa obsession, I decided to experiment and make some lavender lemon quinoa. SO AMAZING! It brings me right back to that semester in Lacoste. Being gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and dairy-free, itโ€™s totally a no-guilt dish to try. I may have gotten a little photo-happy while making this. It just looks so pretty, I could not help myself.

Lemon Lavendar Quinoa

INGREDIENTS
Makes 2 servings
1 cup quinoa
1/2 tablespoon lavender
Juice from 1/4 of a lemon
Lemon wedge to garnish

DIRECTIONS
1. Cook quinoa according to directions.
2. Add quinoa, lavender, and lemon juice to a bowl and mix thoroughly.
3. Close your eyes and envision being in a field of lavender in the summer.

Nutritional information: 228 calories; 8g protein; 41g carbs; 5g fiber; 2g sugar

Have you ever been to France?