Recipe: Harvest Quinoa Salad

1 cup Red Quiona – rinsed and cooked (cook like rice)
1 cup Dried Cranberries
1/2 Bag – 1cup? Chopped Pecans
1 cup diced apples
1 cup diced roasted golden beets (optional, I happened to have them on hand)
1 cup reduced fat feta
1 tsp each: cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg
Bag of romaine hearts, torn

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Cook & cool quinoa, then mix everything together with the Romain.

Dressing:
1/4 cup EVOO
1/4 Maple Syrup
1/4 Water
1 TB Dijon Mustard
2 TB Orange Juice
3 TB (or to taste) Balsamic

Recipe: Roast Garlic & Tomato Soup

Makes 7 quarts
Start to finish = 15 minutes
Prep = 5 minutes

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Ingredients:
9 Tbls + 1 tsp olive oil
18 cloves minced garlic
6 quarts tomato juice
48 oz. crushed tomatoes
3 Tbls + 1 tsp paprika
1 cup sweet vermouth

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Directions:
Saute the garlic in olive oil very briefly, taking care not to brown it. Stir in the paprika and saute for another minute, stirring continuously, and taking care that it doesnt scorch.

Stire in the tomato juice and crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil; reduce heat and add vermouth. Simmer 5 to 10 minutes.

Optional: Garnish with parmesan and croutons.

Variations: Add cooked garbanzo beans and garnish with shredded feta cheese and chopped parsley. Or – add tabasco and garnish with shredded cheddar cheese and tortilla chips.

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I make this soup all winter long. Every fall I bring a batch to work and every absolutely RAVES about it. It is SERIOUSLY easy to make and tastes delicious – this is coming from somebody who DOES NOT LIKE tomato soup. But I LOVE this soup.

….courtesy Yo-Cones Recipe Book, Sara Basso

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This dish is so easy to make, it is perfect for gatherings or parties!

Ingredients:

2 cans chopped chicken, rinsed and drained
1/2 block cream cheese ( I used 1/3 fat )
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup ranch dressing ( I used low fat )
Louisiana hot sauce to taste – you could use all of this, or half of this. Up to you.
1/2 cup Chopped green onions, optional. I had some on hand.

Directions:
Toss all in crock pot and turn on, stirring occasionally 🙂

Use with any sort of chip, bread, or veggies if you want to go healthy.

Avocado Tomato Pasta Salad

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Oh wow. This was insanely good. I made it up pretty much.

Ingredients:

2 cups uncooked pasta
1 avocado
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
2 TBS olive oil
2 limes, juiced
3 garlic cloves, diced or mashed
Salt
Pepper
2 TBS basil, chopped
Dash of oregano

Directions:

Cook pasta

In separate bowl, combine olive oil, avocado, lime juice, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, oregano.

When pasta is cooked, drain, and mix in the other ingredients. Toss in tomatoes.

Enjoy!

Breakfast Quinoa

This dish is SO DARN GOOD! I cannot get over how amazing it tasted. Sweet but hearty, and a little nutty all at once. I am IN LOVE with this. Make it. You won’t be disappointed.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 tsp. Truvia

1 cup quinoa: soak for 10 minutes first, then rinse in strainer.

2 cups pitted quartered cherries

2 tablespoons TOASTED sliced or slivered almonds (or nut of choice)

1 tablespoon Chia Seeds

1 mashed up banana

Dash of cinnamon when served, and a dollop of pure maple syrup or agave if you wish.

Directions:

Bring milk to a boil in a small saucepan. Add quinoa, cover, reduce to a low simmer, and cook 15-25 minutes. Quinoa is done when most of the liquid is soaked up -much like cooking rice.

While milk is coming to a boil, toast almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown and fragrant, which should only take a few minutes.

Remove quinoa from heat, add in mashed banana, and chia seeds. Stir. Depending on consistency you prefer, you may want to add a dash more of almond milk.

Top with almonds and cherries; cinnamon and syrup and serve warm!

8 Points Plus Pizza

We like to eat pizza about once a week. Typically I use a small whole wheat pre baked crust I get at Golden Harvest. It’s only about 8-10 inches, and whole wheat so I figure it’s a lot better than other options. We split it, so it’s four small pieces. I guess at about 10 points for this.

Today though I bought La Tortilla Whole Wheat Wraps ( again at Golden Harvest), to use as a crust so I could count the points exactly. I wound up with an 8 point pizza! Not bad.

Ingredients:
1 La Tortilla Whole Wheat Wrap
1/4 cup pizza sauce
1/4 cup lower fat mozzarella
8 slices turkey pepperoni

Optional: garlic, spinach ( I mixed a clove of fresh pressed garlic in the sauce, and put the spinach piled on top )

Bake at 400 for about 10 minutes, be sure to check often! I took it out when the crust started getting brown in the edge. I imagine all ovens and pizza pans work different. I actually used a stone. It was tricky getting in and out, since the tortilla is so thin.

Be sure to check the points on your cheese and sauce, some may be more than others.

I ate it with a huge salad, and am feeling fairly satisfied! The “crust” was a little sad, but hey,it tasted like pizza, and that’s all I really needed.