Tired of rice? Why not try quinoa? This seed is a true gem in the nutritional department and makes a great replacement for most recipes that call for rice. What makes it so amazing? Besides being one of the few plant sources that is considered a complete protein (a real plus for Vegetarians!), it’s loaded with fiber, iron and magnesium. Another reason to love it? It’s easy to prepare and only takes about 15-20 minutes to cook.
Need some recipe inspiration? The recipe below is simple and versatile. It’s delicious as a side dish for any Mexican meal or can be used as a filler for tacos or burritos or even as a topping for a taco salad.
Looking to get more mileage out of this recipe? Amp up the flavor by adding more cilantro along with some chopped green onions. Want a spicier version? Try dicing up a jalapeno and cook it along with the cumin. Need a more satisfying dish? Stir in black beans, grape tomatoes and corn to make a hearty salad…really the options are endless!
1. Set a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the quinoa and toast for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add cumin and continue to stir, cooking an additional minute. Add the water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until quinoa is cooked, about 15-20 minutes.
2. Drain any excess water. Add the lime juice and zest, cilantro, salt and pepper and toss until well combined.
I freaking LOVE Greek salad! Anyone else? I don’t know if it’s all of those delicious veggies or those salty olives, but it’s a salad I never get tired of. And when you turn that salad into a pita, well, it’s pretty darn fabulous! Want to learn how to make Greek Salad Pitas? Thought so! Keep reading!
There are about a million corny ways I considered starting this post. But I restrained myself from St. Patrick puns. Instead, I wanted tell you a little secret, Shamrock Smoothies and Shamrock Smoothie Bowls are usually pretty gross. (I mean, matcha is great, but please don’t put in my shamrock beverage.) Except this one. This one is actually tasty and is actually good for you. That’s a pot of gold if you ask me! Okay, I couldn’t help it!
Sometimes I need change. It’s not that I don’t love regular, plain-old pancakes. I do. But there’s just something magical and fun about trying something new! So when a bag of pistachios was glaring at me in my pantry, I knew I needed to do something about it. I grabbed those pistachios and created something I like to call Pistachio Strawberry Pancakes.
It’s a problem. I kind of spend most of my day dreaming about food. I dream about eating it and I dream about creating things with it. Well, maybe it’s not a problem, considering I’ve chosen a career in food. I love a good food challenge too. I love when someone says, “well, I’ve got this and this and this, what can I make out of that?” They see a road block, but I see an awesome way to channel my food creativity. Case-in-point, this Pistachio Ras El Hanout Dip.
I sometimes don’t know how to leave well enough alone. I mean, what’s wrong with a brownie? Why do I need to mess with it? Because I’m me and that’s just what I do. Afterall, what could be so bad about a Chocolate Dipped Brownie? The answer? Nothing. Not. A. Thing.
Making dinner is hard. But making it when it’s less than 6 ingredients changes the GAME! With a little bit of prep, you’ve got a nourishing meal on the table. Pretty awesome, right? Grab the recipes below!
Fast fuel. That’s what I think of when I hear the word “smoothie.” And an image of a tall, delicious glass of yum makes its way into my head. Smoothies provide a unique solution to the problem of what nourishing food I can get my hands on quickly. Loaded with fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and all of the good stuff, you can easily make this fast fuel that will provide so much incredible nutrition!
I believe that it’s just a good party if the food is so-so. I believe it’s a GREAT party if the food is delicious. Who’s with me!? Hopefully you all are! So scrap those Pigs in a Blanket this year. Instead, make these festive Holiday Empanadas!