recipe: turkey and quinoa sloppy joe

sometimes little one thinks she is eating turkey when it’s chicken. although i don’t know if i really can tell the difference, i figured i’d make little one something with turkey this week so i picked up some ground turkey and found a turkey meatloaf recipe … but … i misread the instructions … and ended up with sloppy joe! Continue reading “recipe: turkey and quinoa sloppy joe”

recipe: quinoa enchilada casserole

quinoa enchilada casserole with avocado crab salsai picked up some black beans recently and went online to find a fun dish and this was it! packed with protein, vegetables and omegas. yum!

since i was also making an avocado crab salsa, i thought the flavors would work really well together so i mixed ’em up. YUMMY!

cooking tools

  • 1 medium saucepan
  • 1 2qt baking dish
  • baking dish cover – or – aluminum foil

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herbed quinoa and mango salad

to go with my healthier nuggets, i found this herbed quinoa and mango salad recipe while browsing new cookbooks.

this recipe was similar to the herbed quinoa recipe from giada that i made around two years ago. the main difference, it adds a little sweetness with mango.

in addition, i added a hot long green chili pepper instead of the mild long red chili pepper to bump up the spice. yum!


  • 8 ounces quinoa
  • 2 cups organic low sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 mango
  • 1 cup pine nuts – or
    1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup handful fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 mild long fresh red chilli, seeded and chopped – or
    1 hot long fresh green chilli pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste

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speckled quinoa and orzo

sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and basil – it’s the flavors of a pizza without the dough! the flavors with orzo and quinoa is really great. it’s a tasty and aromatic. yum! for cheese lovers, you can add 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese when you add the basil but for the lactose intolerant, you can skip it. i really enjoyed it without the cheese. give this a try! Ingredients 10 sun-dried tomatoes, packed in olive oil finely chopped 2 tablespoons from the sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil 3/4 cup quinoa, thoroughly rinsed 1-1/4 cups orzo 3 large cloves garlic, minced 3 cups low sodium vegetable … Continue reading speckled quinoa and orzo

herbed quinoa

as i have been paying more attention to foods that are good for you, i’ve heard quinoa a few times. since i never tried it, much less heard of it, i did some research: it is related to spinach and beets; primarily grown for its edible seeds; high in protein and iron; and a good source of dietary fiber. so, here’s a simple recipe with quinoa and herbs. this recipe is similar to the herbed bulgur-lentil pilaf i made recently. since i enjoyed that, i wanted to give this recipe a try also. like rice and pasta, quinoa absorbs flavors … Continue reading herbed quinoa

no cook recipe: tomato and tofu wrap with avocado pesto

ever since i saw the two words “avocado” + “pesto” together when i looking at Buzzfeed’s list of “Healthiest … Recipes to Save for Later“, i knew i had to try it. Continue reading “no cook recipe: tomato and tofu wrap with avocado pesto”

quick and delicious: Kitchens of India Just Heat & Eat – Dal Bukhara

another dish in the Kitchens of India Just Heat & Eat family: Dal Bukhara / Black Gram Lentils Curry.

dal bukhara / black gram lentils curryif you asked me a few years ago to eat lentils, i’d say “no thank you!” but since i’ve been cooking for k, and i see how much she likes it, i have been more receptive to foods i previously avoided.

so, with a package of Dal Bukhara, some grain – today i made a huge put of millet so that is the grain for the day – and lots of vegetables: asparagus, bell peppers, tomatoes and spinach! i am SO full!

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quick and delicious: Kitchens of India Just Heat & Eat – Rajma Masala

another Kitchens of India Just Heat & Eat package i picked up: Rajma Masala / Red Kidney Beans Curry. i’m more familiar and prefer to eat / cook with chick peas or black beans so i’m happy to try the other beans when it already has been flavored and indian curry is a wonderful choice!

as with the other Kitchens of India Just Heat and Eat package, dilute it with a few cups of water and add a lot more vegetables, thereby creating feast! indian food is usually paired with rice but as in my previous post, i had discovered adding quinoa or millet is equally wonderful. enjoy!
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