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.
If you’re anything like me, you crave bread. And if you can pair that bread with a really yummy salad, well, that’s pretty darn amazing. Perhaps that’s why I love panzanella so much! Pan-za-WHAT? Oh, you don’t know about it? Well, let me introduce you!
Am I the only one who ends up with an exorbitant amount of eggnog leftover after Christmas? It always seems like there’s some extra kicking around in the bottom of the carton and I’m always left scratching my head, pondering what the heck should I do with it. Most normal people would probably drink it. But, I much prefer to turn it into something magical. And for me, magical equals Whole Wheat Eggnog Waffles.
Do you ever get tired of the same old snack mix that gets set out at parties? I know I do. Give me something with a balance of salty and sweet, please. Is That kind of snack is hard to come by. Or is it? This Holiday Snack Mix might save your next party!
When I was little, I used to marvel at the fancy drinks my parents would enjoy during the holidays. Big punch bowls full of mystical liquid were at every party. Most of them were deemed “for the adults only.” Bummer! What I would’ve given for a big punch bowl full of something deemed “for the kids only!” And I think I would’ve really loved this Pom-Cherry Spritzer!
I love a good cookbook! And I love cookbooks from America’s Test Kitchen. But I’ll get to that in a minute. Their newest book, “Cooking at Home with Bridget & Julia” has become a new favorite of mine. I mean check out those meatballs up there!? Yum, right? P.S. I’ve partnered with ATK to give away a copy of this book! Details below!
When life is out of control, I bake. If you follow along here on my blog, you know this about me. Baking is my meditation. So when life ordered up devastation, I turned to my oven. My old reliable friend whispered, “I know what you need, comfort in the form of baked goods.” Yes, oven, I sure did. And nothing was more comforting than warm, Applesauce Cranberry Muffins.
Reminder, I am from Indiana, a neighboring state to Ohio. Ironically, when I was little, I never once remember hearing the word “buckeye.” You’d think that since I was neighbors with the “Buckeye State,” it would’ve been talked about at some point. But no, my first encounter was when I was at my internship at the University of Massachusetts. That’s when I fell in love with buckeyes.
Sheet pan meals are the best. And pizza is pretty awesome too, so why not combine them? That’s just what I did with this Roasted Vegetable Sheet Pan Pizza! Get the recipe plus some real talk from yours truly!
The classic margarita is perfect. Not one thing wrong with it! But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play around with a classic every now and again. And since pomegranates will be coming into season soon and your tacos will STILL need that perfect margarita pairing, I’ve created this Sparkling Pomegranate Margarita (Mocktail)!