Plated + Served: Picnic Quinoa Salad


Here’s a protein-packed salad for your next picnic… especially if you have vegetarians in tow.

This salad not only travels well, it stays fresh in the fridge for a couple of days so you can make it ahead of time. You can also add more veggies to the salad (diced carrots, jalapeños, radishes), depending on what’s in season.

Drew, my little vegetarian, loves this salad… and she always ends up fighting off the carnivores in the family to keep them from devouring it before she gets a chance to dig in!



The Best Brownies


The Best Brownies

When it comes to sweets and desserts, Drew and I are always on the hunt for “The Best ___” (fill in the blank).

There was one summer we searched for the perfect chocolate cake. We both put on a few pounds.

Lately we’ve been looking for the best brownie recipe because brownies are so transportable and easy to eat on the run. We wanted a brownie that was moist and fudgy, just a little tiny bit cakey so they’d hold their shape, and didn’t easily fall apart or get too gooey and wind up smashed when packed in a lunch or put out for a bake sale. I think we found it… these are The Best Brownies. Let me know what you think!

I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: