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 love apples. The crisp kind that are a bit sweet, but also a bit tangy. I’ll eat them just as they are, but I sure do love them in dessert. Preferably one with a crust or a crumble. And since I don’t have an apple crumble on my site, well, of course I had to make one! So here it is, my Spiced Apple Crumble.
Sometimes you want a salad that isn’t really a salad, know what I mean? I love lettuce, but there are times when I just want a bowl of veggies and maybe some fruit and yummy cheese mixed in? For those times, I love salads just like this Crunchy Brussels Sprouts Salad.
I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like cookies. I just don’t. Because what’s not to love about a really good cookie? Um, NOTHING! And I’m all about the flavor! So raise your cup of milk, because these delicious Toasted Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies are just what the doctor ordered!
It was hot. I was sweating. I was thirsty. There was a Starbucks. I needed something to drink, but definitely NOT coffee. What was I going to do? Well, I was also super indecisive, so I ended up asking the barista and she said, “how about our passionfruit lemonade iced tea?” And I said, “yes, that’s perfect!” But the $5 price tag was not. I downed it and promised myself I would never buy that drink again because I knew I could replicate it! And I did with this Passionfruit Tea Lemonade!