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.
Wait! Hold up bandwagon! I’m coming! I’m late? Oh come on! I live in the Midwest, so cut me some slack, it takes us awhile to catch up on the trendy stuff. Please, oh please can I jump on the cauliflower rice bandwagon?
Yes, I know, my blog is typically not about fashion. In fact for those of you that know me well, you know that I choose to forgo makeup and always wear comfy (read stretchy workout) clothes. The reason? Because #1 I’m lazy and #2 I feel most happy when I am COMFORTABLE. But sometimes, I need help, because sometimes, I should dress and look like a grown-up. So, like any smart woman, I asked someone else for help, enter Brittany Hinrichs.
TACOS are one of my absolute favorite foods (it’s a tie with pizza if you must know). I honestly believe that anything can become a taco. And tacos can be for any meal, not just lunch or dinner, but breakfast too or hey, how about a taco snack? YUM! But if you must know, fish tacos are my most favorite, with shrimp tacos following close behind! Hmmm, did someone say Tequila Citrus Shrimp Tacos?
I am a sucker for a good breakfast wrap or sandwich. There’s just something so lovely about warm, fluffy eggs tucked into a whole wheat tortilla or sandwiched between a toasted English muffin. It’s pure breakfast (or anytime!) perfection.
“I’m so hungry!” How many times have you said that or heard that? More than you can count, right? But finding a snack that satisfies that hunger can sometimes be a challenge. But I’ve got the weapon to fight that hunger! My Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites!
Here’s what I know, you either love Valentine’s Day or you don’t. Here’s what else I know, no matter how you feel about Valentine’s Day, you’ll never turn down a fun little heart-shaped sugar cookie, right? I also know that if you happen to be a 4 year old, there’s no question about it, you absolutely love Valentine’s Day and you absolutely love cookies, any cookie… “GIVE ME A COOKIE!” is a phrase constantly running in the background in their minds.
Snacktivisits UNITE! Wait, you don’t know what a snacktivist is? Oh, well sit tight, because you’re going to love the positive messaging Sally Kuzemchak of Real Mom Nutrition is spreading about kids and snacking!
What are you serving up for Super Bowl Sunday? I bet you have your favorite right? But did you know that each state apparently has it’s own favorite Super Bowl food too? I had no idea, but it’s true. Illinois apparently loves Buffalo chicken dip and my home state of Indiana relies on pulled pork, but I’m going with Florida’s favorite this year, and making spinach artichoke dip, specifically, my Roasted Poblano Spinach Artichoke Dip.
Busy girls (and guys)! Attention please! I’m super excited to share some really fun stuff with you today. Just what am I sharing? I’m so happy you asked! In today’s post, you’ll find the following: A fast and fun recipe: my CURRY BULGUR BOWL and tips on nourishing yourself – I’m calling them Nourishing Reminders.
Intrigued? I thought so! Catch the recipe and my tips below.
Don’t cry! I know you’re sad that the “Stop Sloppy Snacking” Challenge has almost come to an end. Honestly, I’m sad too. It’s been fun coming up with snack ideas for you. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed eating these snacks as much as I’ve enjoyed creating them! And don’t worry, this final week of snacks is a pretty tasty way to say good-bye!