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30-Minute Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder

A snow storm in NYC yesterday and I missed it. I’m SO bummed.

Being in the city when it’s snowing is magical. It gets super quiet – there’s practically no one walking around and the streets are almost empty. It’s like the city goes to sleep.

Luckily, having Trevi makes us get out and experience the peacefulness. And even though neither of us feel like bundling up and bracing the cold, her excitement when her paws hit the snow is worth it. She LOVES the snow. Like I’m not even kidding you, as soon as we let her off leash in the park, she’s like the Tasmanian Devil bombing around trying to dig for sticks and chasing every dog she sees. She’s definitely a winter creature.

Her parents on the other hand? Not so much.

We’d much rather be snuggled on the couch watching a movie and eating a bowl of soup. Or if it’s a Sunday, watching football (and yes, still eating soup).

30-Minute Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder
30-Minute Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder

Ingredients

  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1 small potato
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • ½ cup Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus
  • ½ cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water (+ more as needed)
  • 2 teaspoons miso paste
  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • Additional garlic if desired

Instructions

  1. Add cashews to a bowl, cover with hot water and let soak for at least 2 hours.
  2. While cashews are soaking, preheat the oven to 425ºF. Chop cauliflower into florets, and peel and chop the potatoes. Arrange on a baking sheet and drizzle with about 1½ tablespoons of oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cut the top off the garlic bulb so that some of the cloves are slightly exposed. Drizzle with remaining oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap bulb in tin foil and place on sheet with vegetables.

You can find complete recipes of this 30-Minute Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder in simplyquinoa.com

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HEALTHY VEGAN

BROCCOLI QUINOA CASSEROLE

I love quinoa. I have been experimenting with it not only for savory dishes like this Broccoli quinoa casserole but for sweet dishes as well.
I have a lot of recipes I want to experiment with using quinoa. I love this ingredient and because it is so versatile, healthy and easy to prepare, it has become one of my ultimate favorite ingredients to cook with. When I made this broccoli quinoa casserole I wasn’t to sure that it will come out good. I have never baked the quinoa before so I was a bit skeptical. Luckily it came out just fine. I really hate wasting food.
I think I went a bit over board with the cheese, but like my son says, there is never too much cheese. He truly loves it, and so do I. I think the pesto in this broccoli quinoa casserole was just genius. I love anything with pesto. I had a little bit leftover from making my pizza over the weekend so I figured I throw it in the mix. I mean, it couldn’t hurt right?
The only thing I left out was garlic, which I forgot. You can add some if you like. We love garlic as well so next time I will add it for sure. I cooked my broccoli in the microwave for about 3-4 minutes prior to adding it to the quinoa casserole. Since it will not be baking for too long in the oven I found it to be important to cook it just a tad before. It came out just perfect in the end.
This broccoli quinoa casserole was extremely easy to put together. It came out a bit salty since I added a bit too much salt. Next time I will cut down the amount. I used two teaspoons instead of just one, so make sure you stick with just one teaspoon.
Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 4 1/2 cup low-sodium vegetable stock, or water
  • 2 tbsp pesto sauce
  • 1/2 tsp celtic salt
  • 2 tsp arrowroot powder, or cornstarch
  • 2 cups fresh organic spinach
  • 12 oz skim mozzarella cheese, I used 16oz
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz fresh broccoli florets
  • 3 green onions, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. In a 9×13 baking rectangular dish place the quinoa and green onions.
  3. On the meantime, place the broccoli in a large bowl and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes. Set aside.
  4. My microwave is not very powerful so this is how long I did it for without the broccoli getting mushy.
  5. If you have a powerful microwave you may need just 3 minutes as it will continue to bake in the oven for about 5 minutes.
  6. In a large mixing bowl, with a wire whisk, mix the vegetable stock, pesto, arrowroot powder and salt.
  7. Heat mixture until boil. You can do this on your stove top or microwave. I used my microwave.
  8. Add the vegetable stock to the quinoa followed by the spinach, parmesan and 3/4 of the mozzarella cheese.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Take the quinoa casserole out of the oven and mix in the broccoli.
  10. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the quinoa and broccoli and place back in the oven for 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  11. If you like you can add more parmesan cheese over the top as well.
  12. I place my casserole under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to brown the top but this is just optional.
  13. Serve while still warm.

You can find complete recipes of this BROCCOLI QUINOA CASSEROLE in eatgood4life.com

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HEALTHY VEGAN

Thai Cashew Chicken

I didn’t think they actually served Thai Cashew Chicken in Thailand.
When we tumbled out of our hotel room in Chiang Mai at 10:45 p.m. in fervent search of dinner after a delayed flight, my stomach’s resolve to eat the first food we could find was outmatched only by my relentless determination to not, under any circumstances, waste a single meal in Thailand.
I forced Ben to bypass several restaurants that I deemed “too touristy,” and after we had been walking 10 minutes, he stopped firmly in front of what was one of the first open restaurants we’d seen in a while, pointed to the menu, and asked me, a look of animal-like desperation in his eyes, “Can we PLEASE eat here?” I glanced at the menu and spotted cashew chicken.
I was immediately suspicious. Wasn’t cashew chicken just something they served at Westernized “Thai” restaurants in America? Surely this place could not be legit. It was nearly 11 p.m., and even I had to admit that our prospects of finding other open options were dwindling. I reluctantly agreed.
Then, as if he could read my thoughts and were looking to spite me for making us walk so far, Ben ordered the cashew chicken. It was delicious. I’m still not sure how authentic cashew chicken is (we didn’t make it in any of our cooking classes or have it at our homestays), but it became Ben’s go-to restaurant dish of the trip.
He ordered it at every available opportunity. Thus, great food moocher that I am, I had the pleasure of sampling it from his plate at every available opportunity too. Today’s recipe is my adaptation of the Thai Cashew Chicken we had at nearly every restaurant north of Bangkok. Authentic or not, it’s a dynamite stir-fry dish that has weeknight dinner wrapped.
Stir-fries are a faithful companion on busy weeknights. They’re fast, hit every food group from veggies to lean proteins in a single pan, and are perfect for using up odd bits of leftover produce lurking in the fridge. Start to finish, this simple chicken and cashew nut stir-fry is ready in 20 minutes flat, even fewer if your veggies and chicken are already prepped.
If you’ve had cashew chicken at take-out restaurants, you’ll be familiar with the rich, savory flavors of the sauce and the warm crunch of the cashews. This particular cashew chicken recipe, however, is much lighter and healthier than what you’ll find in a restaurant.
I packed it with veggies, sweetened the sauce naturally with honey, then served it over whole-grain brown rice (quinoa would be tasty too). Honestly, I didn’t miss the extra oil and sugar one bit, and I don’t think that you will either.

INGREDIENTS :
FOR THE CASHEW CHICKEN:

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 large), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (or substitute arrowroot powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 medium red bell peppers, seeded and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets (about 4 cups)
  • 1 bunch green onions (about 6 medium), thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup dry roasted, unsalted cashews
  • Cooked brown rice or quinoa, for serving

FOR THE SAUCE:

  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey, plus additional to taste
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cloves minced garlic (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus additional to taste

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a small bowl, toss the chicken pieces with the cornstarch, salt, and pepper.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high. Once the oil is hot and shiny
  3. Add the chicken mixture and sauté for 4 minutes, just until lightly browned.
  4. Add the bell pepper, broccoli, and green onions.
  5. Continue sautéing until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 additional minutes.
  6. Stir in the cashews and cook for 30 additional seconds.
  7. While the chicken and vegetables are cooking, prepare the sauce.
  8. In a small bowl or large measuring cup, stir together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons honey, ginger, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes.
  9. Taste and add additional honey and/or red pepper flakes as desired (I added an additional 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes).
  10. Pour the sauce over the skillet and toss to coat.
  11. Enjoy immediately with brown rice.

You can find complete recipes of this Thai Cashew Chicken in wellplated.com

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Thai Cashew Chicken

I didn’t think they actually served Thai Cashew Chicken in Thailand.
When we tumbled out of our hotel room in Chiang Mai at 10:45 p.m. in fervent search of dinner after a delayed flight, my stomach’s resolve to eat the first food we could find was outmatched only by my relentless determination to not, under any circumstances, waste a single meal in Thailand.
I forced Ben to bypass several restaurants that I deemed “too touristy,” and after we had been walking 10 minutes, he stopped firmly in front of what was one of the first open restaurants we’d seen in a while, pointed to the menu, and asked me, a look of animal-like desperation in his eyes, “Can we PLEASE eat here?” I glanced at the menu and spotted cashew chicken. I was immediately suspicious. Wasn’t cashew chicken just something they served at Westernized “Thai” restaurants in America? Surely this place could not be legit.
It was nearly 11 p.m., and even I had to admit that our prospects of finding other open options were dwindling. I reluctantly agreed. Then, as if he could read my thoughts and were looking to spite me for making us walk so far, Ben ordered the cashew chicken.
It was delicious. I’m still not sure how authentic cashew chicken is (we didn’t make it in any of our cooking classes or have it at our homestays), but it became Ben’s go-to restaurant dish of the trip. He ordered it at every available opportunity. Thus, great food moocher that I am, I had the pleasure of sampling it from his plate at every available opportunity too.
Today’s recipe is my adaptation of the Thai Cashew Chicken we had at nearly every restaurant north of Bangkok. Authentic or not, it’s a dynamite stir-fry dish that has weeknight dinner wrapped. Stir-fries are a faithful companion on busy weeknights. They’re fast, hit every food group from veggies to lean proteins in a single pan, and are perfect for using up odd bits of leftover produce lurking in the fridge.
Start to finish, this simple chicken and cashew nut stir-fry is ready in 20 minutes flat, even fewer if your veggies and chicken are already prepped. If you’ve had cashew chicken at take-out restaurants, you’ll be familiar with the rich, savory flavors of the sauce and the warm crunch of the cashews. This particular cashew chicken recipe, however, is much lighter and healthier than what you’ll find in a restaurant.
I packed it with veggies, sweetened the sauce naturally with honey, then served it over whole-grain brown rice (quinoa would be tasty too). Honestly, I didn’t miss the extra oil and sugar one bit, and I don’t think that you will either.

INGREDIENTS :
FOR THE CASHEW CHICKEN:

  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 large), cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (or substitute arrowroot powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 medium red bell peppers, seeded and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets (about 4 cups)
  • 1 bunch green onions (about 6 medium), thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup dry roasted, unsalted cashews
  • Cooked brown rice or quinoa, for serving

FOR THE SAUCE:

  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey, plus additional to taste
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 cloves minced garlic (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus additional to taste

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a small bowl, toss the chicken pieces with the cornstarch, salt, and pepper.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high. Once the oil is hot and shiny
  3. Add the chicken mixture and sauté for 4 minutes, just until lightly browned.
  4. Add the bell pepper, broccoli, and green onions. Continue sautéing until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 additional minutes.
  5. Stir in the cashews and cook for 30 additional seconds.
  6. While the chicken and vegetables are cooking, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl or large measuring cup, stir together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons honey, ginger, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes.
  7. Taste and add additional honey and/or red pepper flakes as desired (I added an additional 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes).
  8. Pour the sauce over the skillet and toss to coat. Enjoy immediately with brown rice.

You can find complete recipes of this Thai Cashew Chicken in wellplated.com

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CREAMY GOAT CHEESE ASPARAGUS QUINOA SALAD

Creamy Goat Cheese Asparagus Quinoa Salad, loaded with delicious flavors your family will love. A quick easy gluten free recipe that makes a great lunch or side dish.
The other day I was in desperate need of a pedicure. Like, we’re talking half of my nail polish was disappearing or chipped off of all my toes, AND the nail polish was red so it looked like I had some kind serious infection. Gross!
My sweet husband told me, “just go get one. I’ll put little man down for bed.” (LoVE that man …) Even as I write this I am in a quiet house because he took little man out for a daddy son doughnut morning. Anywho, back to the point. After we had finished dinner I went out to get a pedicure and fix the mess that were my nails.
I love the atmosphere that the nail places try to create in order to get you to relax. Dimmed lights, waterfall fountains, calming music, massage chairs .. everything about it just asks you to lay down your cares and sink into the chair and just close your eyes. Believe me .. I do that! Every time! While I was there a mom and a young daughter walk in (I would say she was about 11 years old). I smiled because it reminded me of my mom.
As they got situated and told their nail ladies what color they wanted they both leaned back, got comfy and pulled out their phones. The entire time the mom was scrolling through whatever on her phone and her daughter was listening to music, text messaging, or watching a show. The only time they talked was when the mom leaned over to “check on her” to say “what are you watching?”
That time could have been special … a mother daughter pedicure date .. but instead the phone came between them. Instead of talking to each other they sat their in silence, eyes glued to the glowing screen. My heart just hurt. Why are we so pulled to this small 3×3 device called a phone. Why can we not set it down for 45 minutes to engage and invest in people we love… or relax when we are suppose to relax.
I hate that my go to when I’m bored is to pick up my phone and start scrolling through Facebook or Instagram. There is nothing life giving in there! What am I searching for?
Ok, on to this tasty Creamy Goat Cheese Asparagus Quinoa Salad! Last week I posted my Honey Mustard Pecan Crusted Salmon and I served it with this Quinoa Salad. Did you know that Asparagus and Salmon are best friends? They seriously go so well together so I wanted to carry some of the flavors I used in the Salmon over to this Salad to further solidify their union to each other. 🙂
This Quinoa Salad is packed with sweet roasted Asparagus, chopped Pecans, and creamy Goat Cheese. Because the Quinoa is warm when I put this together the goat cheese melted into everything and OMG was it good! If you’re in need of a quick, healthy, gluten free, and even vegetarian side dish .. ahem.. you’re looking at it! Quinoa is loaded with nutrients!
This Creamy Goat Cheese Asparagus Quinoa Salad (whew, say that three times) takes 25 minutes to make, is under 150 calories a serving, and has a good amount of protein in it to go along side your main protein. 🙂 (hint.. the salmon is really good with this)
Can’t wait to hear what you think, Bon Appetit my friends!

INGREDIENTS :

  • 1 bunch of asparagus, bottom 2″ trimmed off
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup tri-color quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • ⅓ cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 2 oz. crumbled goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt to season

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Add asparagus to a baking sheet. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil and ½ teaspoon of sea salt over asparagus.
  3. Toss to coat the asparagus then lay them out in a single layer on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cut into ½” slices. Set aside.
  5. In a medium saucepan add quinoa and water. Bring the water to a boil. Once boiling reduce the heat to a simmer and cover.
  6. Cook for 15 minutes or until liquid is evaporated. Once the quinoa is done, fluff with a fork.
  7. Add quinoa to a medium bowl along with chopped asparagus, pecans, goat cheese, red wine vinegar, olive oil, garlic powder, and salt to season.
  8. Toss everything together and serve!

You can find complete recipes of this CREAMY GOAT CHEESE ASPARAGUS QUINOA SALAD in joyfulhealthyeats.com

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BUFFALO CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS

Lightened up breaded baked little chicken bites tossed in delicious buffalo wing sauce, wrapped with quinoa and fresh veggies in a leaf of buttery lettuce. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps make a delicious light lunch or dinner – like a salad you can eat with your hands!
I think hot sauce might be the greatest condiment ever invented. Buffalo sauce is definitely the best thing to ever happen to chicken.
It is.
Keeping it real here you guys: I cannot be held responsible for the words that end up in this post today because I think I had like 1.6 hours of sleep.
You might just wanna do that thing where you scroll to the end and read the recipe because run-on sentences, grammatical errors, and spell-checks on words I could spell since I was 10 are definitely happening here today.
Last night Betty and Charlie were possessed by the lunar eclipse blood moon and decided that 2:30 a.m. was the perfect time to run around and have a dog party. Also 3 a.m. and 4 a.m.
AND because of the lunar eclipse blood moon, I’d set my alarm for 5 a.m. so Evan and I could go camp in the driveway and watch the coolness unfold.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
  • ½ cup buffalo sauce, plus a little more for drizzling over the finished chicken if you prefer
  • 2 cups plain panko bread crumbs
  • 4-6 large soft leaves of lettuce (I used Boston Bibb Lettuce)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup diced avocado
  • blue cheese (or ranch) dressing & scallions to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 and lightly grease (I used cooking spray) a baking sheet or line it with parchment paper.
  2. Toss the chicken in the ½ cup buffalo sauce, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Pour the breadcrumbs into a shallow dish. Coat each chicken piece evenly and place them on the prepared baking sheet. The baking sheet will get pretty crowded — it’s okay.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes. You can toss the baked chicken with the extra buffalo sauce if you like.

You can find complete recipes of this BUFFALO CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS in sugardishme.com

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Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup

It may seem as though I make every soup in the slow cooker lately. Well, basically, I do. I cant get enough soup this winter during these bitter cold days, and I love the fact that I can come home to a warm pot of soup waiting for me in my kitchen. I also realized a healthy recipe is much overdue here with all the holiday baking I’ve been doing.
This soup is loaded with with nutrition and you get plenty of protein from the chicken, quinoa, kale and beans. It’s so hearty and filling and amazingly delicious, that it’s hard to believe it’s actually good for you. I added a bit of lemon juice because I love the way lemon pairs with both quinoa and kale. I also chose to add in the beans because I like a soup with plenty of body, I’m not into those really brothy soups unless I’m sick or something. I need sustenance (thank you Thor). If I’m going to have soup as my main meal then it better be loaded. Which also means of course I couldn’t leave out the cheese :). Everything is better with a little bit of cheese sprinkled over it. If you are really aiming to be healthy you could leave it off but I say it’s worth the calories to add a tablespoon or two of parmesan. That’s the great thing about parmesan, thanks to it’s sharp flavor, a little of it will go a long way without adding a huge amount of calories. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (raw)
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped yellow onion (1 medium onion)
  • 1 cup chopped celery (about 3 stalks)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth (7 cups)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can Great Northern or Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups packed kale, roughly chopped (thick ribs chopped and discarded)
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Finely shredded parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions

  1. Add chicken to a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker, then add onions, celery and garlic, then drizzle with olive oil. Add quinoa (for a more firm textured quinoa add during last 30 minutes to 1 hour of cooking, per reviewers comments), thyme, rosemary and pour in chicken broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook on HIGH 3 1/2 – 4 hours or LOW 7 – 8 hours.

You can find complete recipes of this Slow Cooker Quinoa, Chicken and Kale Soup in cookingclassy.com

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SALMON QUINOA CAKES

Moist and fall apart salmon cakes made with fresh roasted salmon and superfood – quinoa. This recipe is an easy way to transform leftover salmon into next day meal! Serve these warm or cold as a sandwich, main course or over a salad.
Salmon cakes or salmon patties are quite possibly the best way to give leftover salmon a second chance. It’s an absolutely different twist on leftovers that I look forward to eating every single time. These cakes are wonderfully easy to make.
Traditional salmon cakes are normally made with breadcrumbs, I basically replaced the breadcrumbs with cooked quinoa, for extra nutrition and texture. The base is just roasted salmon, quinoa, chopped green onions and parsley, mayo, Dijon, paprika, and an egg. All formed into a patty, which are then quickly sautéed in a skillet.
These cakes are slightly crispy on the outside and fall apart moist on the inside. Plus they are filling and are perfect over a simple salad or some roasted vegetables. Shape them into slightly larger patties, and you have some great salmon burgers ready to go. These cakes are also good the next day! Stuff them in a pita pocket with some crunchy lettuce and lunch is ready to go.
Secret to getting these moist and tender? Not overcooking the salmon (super, duper important). I made that mistake the first time I made these. You want the salmon just slightly undercooked. And don’t forget to add all the juices and oils from the pan into your mixture. It’s golden 🙂 Secondly – do not skimp out on the mayo! It adds the necessary fat to make these taste just perfect.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. fresh salmon, skin removed or cooked leftover salmon*
  • 1½ cups cooked quinoa, completely cooled
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. paprika
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. Rub salmon with olive oil and lightly season with salt and pepper. Place on a foil lined baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. You want the salmon just slightly undercooked. Flake with a fork and cool enough to handle.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flaked salmon, quinoa, green onion, parsley, mayonnaise, Dijon, egg, lemon juice, and paprika. Season with salt and pepper as needed.

You can find complete recipes of this SALMON QUINOA CAKES in littlebroken.com

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BRUSSELS SPROUTS, CRANBERRY AND QUINOA SALAD

Do you ever wonder what food trends will look like a generation from now?
Every now and then when I’m walking through the grocery store, my mind starts to wonder — what produce will be the hot new trend in 20 years? What methods of cooking will be most popular? What foods that we eat today will no longer be in the grocery store? Heck — will there even be grocery stores, or will most of our groceries arrive on our doorstep via drone?! (I’m guessing that day may be closer than we think!)
I guess I’m never surprised that artistic trends so often change, like in fashion and music and film. But it’s so interesting to me that the food on our plates also so dramatically evolves from generation to generation — in part because of the artistic and creative side behind the culinary “arts”, but also because of the hundred or so other factors from sustainability to cultural influences to technological innovations and so much more. Things are constantly changing, that’s for sure, but I kind of love that. We could live in a world where our basic sustenance has been the exact same for thousands of year. But instead, it’s something we’re still exploring and learning about and getting creative with day after day, year after year, decade after decade. Pretty cool.
Anyway, no grand conclusions here. But I was thinking about this the other day as I picked up a bag of brussels sprouts. Yeah — remember when those were like The Most Dreaded Food Ever a generation ago? And now they are oh-so-popular and everywhere? I certainly never would have guessed 20 years ago that roasted brussels would turn into one of my favorite side dishes. And seriously, I never would have even guessed 5 years ago that I would love eating them raw in a salad!
Times change. And at least with this recipe, I’m so glad they have.

INGREDIENTS:
SALAD INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts, rinsed and ends trimmed, then halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (here is a tutorial/recipe for how to cook quinoa)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • orange vinaigrette (see below)

ORANGE VINAIGRETTE:

  • 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • pinch of salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:
TO MAKE THE SALAD:

  1. Toss all ingredients together until combined.

You can find complete recipes of this BRUSSELS SPROUTS, CRANBERRY AND QUINOA SALAD in gimmesomeoven.com

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QUINOA ENCHILADA CASSEROLE

A lightened-up, healthy enchilada bake that you can enjoy guilt-free, chockfull of quinoa, black beans and cheesy goodness. And the leftovers taste even better!
I think it’s safe to say that I have somewhat of a love affair with Mexican food. Whether it’s fish tacos, cheesy enchiladas or a giant burrito the size of my forearm, I could honestly live off of all of these for the rest of my life.
So when Old El Paso asked me to be their brand ambassador for the next year, well, how could I say no? It just gives me an excuse to make even more of my favorite Mexican-inspired dishes to share with you all! And to start things off, I just had to share my favorite Mexican comfort food lightened-up.
Now this is a super easy enchilada bake with quinoa instead of tortilla. By using quinoa, we’re adding in some fun healthy goodies, like protein and fiber, and there’s absolutely no rolling or wrapping of any kind. You can simply throw everything into a bowl, mix it up, and bake it from there. Yes, it doesn’t get easier than that!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 (10-ounce) can Old El Paso™ mild enchilada sauce
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. In a large saucepan of 2 cups water, cook quinoa according to package instructions; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil an 8×8 or 2 quart baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine quinoa, enchilada sauce, green chiles, corn, black beans, cilantro, cumin and chili powder; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Stir in 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese.
  5. Spread quinoa mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  6. Top with remaining cheeses.
  7. Place into oven and bake until bubbly and cheeses have melted, about 15 minutes.

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