Quinoa

Do you guys like Quinoa?

Who am I kidding, y’all are WAY HEALTHIER than I am!  I had a hard time with Quinoa the first time I tried it and I find that I like it better when it isn’t the main focus/ingredient in the dish.  This is my new favorite Quinoa recipe, Mexican style because this whole year has been Mexican themed for me so far.  Love it.

I love it so much that I made enormous amounts of sauteed fajita vegetables & the quinoa mixture.  So we’ll be eating this for awhile and I have no qualms about it.

BTW- that salsa brand is THE BEST.  All natural, so tasty and unique.  I love this kind and the green tomatillo, haven’t tried any other varieties yet but I have no doubts they will be incredible.

I got this idea from the Garden Grazer; I needed to switch up my turkey and cheese sandwich routine for something hot and satisfying for lunch.  You don’t need measurements, just throw together whatever you like in a fajita and a burrito and melt some cheese  on it.

Protein component:

  • Quinoa
  • Black beans
  • 1 15 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning (Or about 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, salt & pepper)
  • Chicken or vegetable broth

Fajita Vegetable component:

  • White onion, sliced thinly
  • Green pepper, diced (I used 2)
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • 1tbsp taco seasoning
  • olive oil

Other add-ins are the salsa and cheese, or anything else you want to stuff in there 🙂

  1. First, cook quinoa according to the directions on the box.  I made 1/2 cup (all I had left from all my previous quinoa fails), and it has already filled 7 small tacos so far with a full tupperware to save (as seen above).  It will at least last us another 7.  Anyway.  Add black beans to the cooked quinoa, taco seasoning, and the diced tomatoes.  I also added a few splashes of chicken broth for some extra flavor.  Let it simmer while you’re sauteing the vegetables.
  2. Saute chopped onions, green peppers, and mushrooms with another tbsp of seasoning in olive oil until soft

The rest is just assembly!  For lunch/leftovers I just take the two containers out of the fridge and microwave it on my fajita sized tortilla in the microwave the with the cheese for 30 seconds, add salsa and you’re good to go.

Who else constantly and consistently overloads their tacos?  So much fell out after rolling this sucker up

MMMMM!  About three of these fill me up, and I reiterate that I always use the fajita size tortillas, they’re so small and cute and duh I can eat more if they are smaller 😉

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Healthified Chicken with Lemon Butter Sauce

You know when you’re a good wife when you are leaving for a trip and the one thing your husband is concerned about is what he is going to eat when you’re gone.  Keep him around ladies, cook him stuff.  NOT diet stuff (see previous post).

I am kind of having a hard time with all this dieting advice I’ve been reading.  Not that I am trying to go on a diet, but I’m finding myself hitting a wall with my workouts and I know I will get such better results if I change my diet somehow.. I hope?  I’m fine with how I look, but if I’m working out more than I ever have, shouldn’t I be seeing a change?  Change is nice sometimes.  Unless it’s upping a pants size change. I get irrational fears and one of them right now is working out will make me fat.

My philosophy has always been enjoying everything in moderation, and then this whole health trend started so I figured I might start eating more natural foods and it’s a good thing.  I started making more things from scratch and it eventually led me to become more and more passionate about cooking (I used to only be into baking).  But then after all this preaching on my soapbox I came home with this.

I don’t even like slow churned ice cream.  It tastes fake to me.  But I only eat it for the cookie dough an brownie chunks anyway, and Edy’s has great cookie dough.

So I made this for us, a fat kid fit meal, if you will…with WHOLE FOODS and I even reduced the fat content for us, so we can feel better about eating slow churned ice cream in desperation….only in emergencies of course.  The good thing about this is that it doesn’t taste like “diet stuff”, evidenced by a man really enjoying it.  Great low carb meal, OK on fat content… since I reduced the butter the sauce was very wet, which we didn’t mind, but to give you a heads up, the recipe calls for double the butter (1/2 stick) if you don’t mind a little more junk in that cute little trunk of yours 🙂  Sorry, was that creepy?

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Questionable TV choices and brownies.

I have been trying to get into new tv shows lately, because I live with a man that questions his decision of buying me diamonds every day when he looks at the DVR list of recorded shows.  A sampling of things you may find if you turn on my television, feel free to judge.  I am not proud of my choices:

  • The View (every day, I can’t not.)
  • Teen Mom
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Cupcake Wars
  • Any Kardashian show (I want them to go away so bad, only because I’m jealous…but I CAN’T TURN AWAY)
  • anddd one show I will never admit to anybody but a couple of best friends (not even all of them)

In an attempt to find new TV shows to watch, the kind that will keep my husband in the room and snuggling me on the couch, I started recording this Dallas show.  I’m watching it right now and it’s the 3rd or 4th episode I think and I’m not too sure I’m into it.  I love the idea of it but I can’t follow what’s going on so I’m losing interest.  Mr Mans & I do have a common show that we love (Breaking Bad), but I want to expand our horizons!  No zombie shows or movie channel shows (we dont’ have them), please.

What a freakin’ tangent.

To reward you, I’m showing you a brownie recipe that will blow your mindskies. Well, really your tastebuds.

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Going vegetarian for all the wrong reasons

As you may be able to tell by now, I love mushrooms.  I also have been trying to do some more vegetarian dishes ONLY BECAUSE it’s just cheaper most of the time.  I like to think of myself as the mathematical finance queen and am playing games with our monthly budget to see how we can better save for a house.

But that’s neither here nor there.

This is a vegetarian lasagna.  I wouldn’t call it a vegetable lasagna, because I hate the normal things that go into veggie lasagna like zucchini, and i don’t like red bell peppers with my Italian dishes unless they are roasted.  UGH!  Why didn’t I put roasted red peppers?  You should add them to this dish.  This is simply a lasagna absent of meat, and still very flavorful.  Anyway, feel free to add any cooked and seasoned veggie to the ricotta cheese & mushroom mixture to better satisfy your taste bud’s desires.

Please enjoy my half devoured lasagna photo

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