July 29, 2013

The Perfect Bowl of Quinoa


Quinoa can be used for sweet or savory dishes.  It is packed full of 8 different amino acids (proteins).  You can buy quino in a variety of colors.  I will often keep a pot of quinoa in the fridge so it is available whenever I need it.  You can add it to salads, soups or as a side dish for meals or just a quick snack.  Add any sauce or seasonings you would like.  You can cook it in the mornings with vanilla, a splash of milk (any kind), cinnamon and raisins just like a bowl of oatmeal.  I will eat it with a diced up boiled egg mixed in and fresh mozzarella crumbled over the top.  Check out my site for a variety of quinoa recipes. (To the right on the side bar there is a label for "quinoa".) The possibilities are endless.  Maybe you have already discovered the joy of quinoa!

Complements:  Feeding the Whole Family

1 cup quinoa
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 3/4 cups water

Rinse quinoa with water and drain.  (The surface of quinoa has a chemical called, saponin.  This is a natural coating.  It can have a bitter, soapy taste.)  Place rinsed quinoa, salt, and water in a 2 quart pot.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and let simmer 15 to 20 minutes (usually closer to 15 minutes).  Don't stir the grain while it is cooking.  Test for doneness by tilting the pan to one side, making sure all of the water has been absorbed.  I usually remove it from the heat, crack the lid and let it sit another 5 minutes.  Fluff with a fork before serving.  Enjoy!
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July 25, 2013

Power Bars


You can make a batch of these, cut them into squares, wrap each square in wax paper, place in an air tight container and store them in the freezer.  Anytime you need a quick snack or fuel before a workout these are perfect!  They are one of my favorite go-to snacks.

1 cup dried apricots (I use 1/2 apricots and 1/2 prunes or raisins) (I LOVE prunes!)
2 pecans (I have used a mix of pecans, walnuts and almonds)
2 eggs
1/4 tsp real salt (or sea salt)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/4 - 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional, I chop the chocolate chips a little before I add them)

1.  Place apricots (or prunes/raisins) and pecans in a food processor and pulse until the texture of coarse gravel.  (After this step I move the mixture into a mixing bowl before I continue)
2.  Pulse in eggs, salt and vanilla until mixture forms a ball.
3.  Remove the mixture from the food processor and work in the chocolate chips.
4.  Place mixture in a greased 8x8 inch baking dish.
5.  Bake for 20 - 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
6.  Cool before cutting into squares.  They store well individually wrapped placed in a container in the freezer or in an airtight container in the fridge.  Enjoy!
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July 10, 2013

Crunchy Cabbage Salad

This isn't a great picture, but this salad is perfect for a warm summer day!  It stores well so you can eat it for many days in a row.

Complements:  Hopkins Healthy Home Cooking

1/3 head of green cabbage
2 stalks broccoli, chopped
5 green onions, sliced thinly
2 stalks celery, sliced thinly
1 package Rameno Noodles (organic Koyo brand) (optional)(leave out if gluten or wheat free)
1/2 cup finely chopped almonds

1/4 teaspoon pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
2 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons rice vinegar

Shred cabbage finely.  Add broccoli, onions and celery.  Crumble dry ramen noodles and stir into salad along with the almonds.  Toss with dressing.  Enjoy!

Shred cabbage finely.  Add broccoli, onions and celery.  Crumble dry ramen noodles and stir into salad.  Toss with dressing.
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July 8, 2013

Paleo Blueberry Muffins


These are delicious!  They are very moist and very filling.

2 cups organic almond flour (or meal)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
4 tablespoons honey
1 cup coconut milk, full fat (from the can)
4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2 eggs
1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.  In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients (almond flour, baking soda, salt).  In a separate bowl mix the wet ingredients (coconut milk, egg, hone and coconut oil).  Pour into the almond flour mixture and mix to form a batter.  Fold in the blueberries.  Pour batter into paper lined muffin pan cups.  Bake for 20 minutes.  Wait until they are completely cool before removing them from the baking pan.  Enjoy!
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