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.
There’s something lovely about chicken salad, am I right? But not that chicken salad in that plastic container at the gas station convenience store. That’s the opposite of lovely. I’m talking about the homemade stuff that has big chunks of chicken, just the right touch of creaminess and the perfect amount of “stuff” to make it taste like perfection. You like that too? Great, than you’ll love this CREAMY GREEK CHICKEN SALAD!
My brain is completely stuffed with tacos. Every single time I try to think of something besides tacos, I think of tacos. And it makes sense, considering my cookbook, Taco! Taco! Taco! just dropped (that makes me sound like a hip pop star, right? No? HA!). So, you would think I would be creating a recipe for something other than tacos, but nope, I’m not. I’ve had this weird craving for tacos stuffed with veggies, so yep, I came up with these Spicy Grilled Vegetable Tacos.
So, yeah, I created a t-shirt. Nope, make that TWO t-shirts. Why? Well, simply because I thought it would be super fun. I thought there couldn’t be anything more awesome than celebrating my love of tacos and my little sous chef!
Raise your hand if you’ve had salmon patties. Now raise your hand if you have had them and didn’t like them. Just what I thought. You’ve had a pretty bad salmon patty experience. Well, it’s not your fault, they can be incredibly gross. But I think it’s time you gave them a second chance. Let me explain…
Besides loving tacos and Mexican food, in general, I love a great margarita. Not the super sweet, frozen kind, but the kind where you can taste the tequila and lime juice. I also happen to really love a good agua fresca. Have you had one? Talk about yummy and refreshing! Yep, so I did just what you’re thinking – combined the two to make this Dragonfruit Mango Agua Fresca-rita!
The cauliflower craze is still going strong and I’m happily enjoying it! Ricing cauliflower has been a pretty big deal lately, but I’m a big fan of roasting big, beautiful florets of it. That caramelization just can’t be beat. And I’m pretty sure you’re going to love my version, lovingly called, “Ultimate Roasted Cauliflower.” Why? Well, read on!
In my world, it’s always soup season. Yes, I know that many of you limit your soup to fall and winter, and I think that’s great. But, to me, soup is a year-round food. And call me crazy, but I love a good, spicy soup in the heat of summer! That’s when I like to bust out a big pot of this Chile Chicken Tortilla Soup!
Every Easter I always try to make some delicious dessert. It usually involves coconut, because, I for some reason, associate that with spring and Easter. This year I considered another coconut confection, but decided to break tradition and test out carrot cake. But not a layered carrot cake, I wanted a CARROT BUNDT CAKE!
Look in your fridge. Go ahead. I’ll be here. Do you have ponzu in there? No? Well, don’t worry! I’ve got you covered. This delicious sauce is something that’s easy to make and one that you’ll use in so many different ways.