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Monday
Apr072014

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Last week, we needed a quick meal for dinner. I’m usually not good at thinking on my feet when it comes to recipes, but on the way home I stopped by the grocery store and picked up a few ingredients to pair with some produce in the fridge that needed to be used. Once home, one thing led to another and those ingredients ended up in a bowl with some quinoa and we hoped for the best. When the fork hit our mouths, we were impressed by how delicious our spur of the moment salad was. It was a salad that we didn’t mind eating for lunch all week too. In fact, I’ve already made it a second time! 

For the Salad
1 cup Quinoa, rinsed
1 1/2 cup Water
1 cup Spinach, chopped
1/2 an English Cucumber, diced
1/2 cup Kalamata Olives, pitted and diced
1/2 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1 can Artichoke Hearts, drained and chopped (or 1 cup Marinated Artichokes from the olive bar)
Dressing, recipe below

In a medium sauce pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the quinoa and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the water has been absorbed. Fluff with a fork and take off the heat. Add the spinach and stir around so that the heat helps it to wilt a bit. Add the cucumber, feta, tomatoes, and artichokes and stir to combine. Pour the dressing over the top and toss to evenly coat. Serve warm, room temperature, or chilled.

For the Dressing
1/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar
2/3 cup Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano
Pinch Garlic Salt
Black Pepper, to taste

Put all ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake until combined. 

SOURCE: Fried Ice and Donut Holes Original

Sunday
Nov172013

Vegetable Barley Soup

Vegetable barley soup

Even though this past weekend was abnormally warm (I’m talking 60 degrees in November…in Buffalo!), when the weather turns cold, nothing warms you up like a piping hot bowl of soup. Last week was frigid, and the wind made it feel even colder, so what better way to battle the temperatures than with a batch of vegetable barley soup! This soup is a perfect weeknight meal, since all you have to do is open up some cans and dice a few vegetables; add them both to a pot and let the heat do the rest! The next time the temperatures take a nose-dive, do yourself a favor and make a big pot of this soup. It easily serves 8, so if you are like us and only have 2 people in your household, this soup reheats perfectly for a week’s worth of lunch!

2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Onion, diced
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
8 cups Vegetable Stock
3/4 cup Barley, uncooked
2 Carrots, peeled and diced
1 1/2 cups Baby Spinach
1 Zucchini, cut into half moons
1 24-ounce can Diced Tomatoes
2 Bay Leaves
Salt and Pepper, to taste

In a large stock pot, sauté the garlic and onion in the oil for 4-5 minutes, or until soft. Add the vegetable broth and remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Cook until the barley is soft, about 30-40 minutes. 

SOURCE: Slightly adapted from About.com

Monday
Nov112013

Butternut Squash & Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Butternut squash lasagna roll

Now that the cold weather is here, it’s time to break out the comfort foods. Lasagna is most definitely a hearty comfort food, in my opinion. Since it’s fall and there is an abundance of squash in the grocery stores, why not try a seasonal spin on a classic? Pureed butternut squash makes a sweet yet savory, almost creamy sauce without any guilt! Poured over a traditional ricotta and spinach filled pasta roll-up and you’ve got a beautiful, seasonally appropriate, and delicious dish.  

For the Sauce:
1 pound Butternut Squash, peeled and diced
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
1/4 cup Shallots, minced (I used 1/2 of a large shallot)
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese, grated
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the squash and cook until soft. Drain, reserving about 1 cup of the water. Return the squash, along with 1/4 cup of the reserved water, to the pan and blend until smooth with an immersion blender. Add the oil to a skillet over medium-low heat. Saute the shallots and garlic until soft and golden, about 4-5 minutes. Add the butternut squash puree and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the parmesan cheese, and thin the sauce out with additional reserved water, to your liking. Ladle about 1/2 cup of the sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish, then set aside.

For the Lasagna:
9 Lasagna Noodles, cooked
10 ounces Frozen Chopped Spinach, thawed and squeezed
15 ounces Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
1 Egg
Salt and Pepper
3 ounces (about 9 tablespoons) Italian Blend Cheese, shredded

In a large bowl, combine the spinach, ricotta, parmesan, egg, salt, and pepper. Lay the lasagna noodles out on a flat surface, making sure that they are dry. Take about 1/3 cup of the ricotta mixture and spread it evenly over each lasagna noodle. Carefully roll the noodle up and lay seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat with the remaining noodles and filling. Ladle the remaining sauce over the top of each of the lasagna rolls, then top each roll with 1 tablespoon of the cheese blend. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, or until the cheese melts and becomes bubbly and golden brown. 

SOURCE: Skinny Taste

Monday
Jun102013

Lentil and Zucchini Tacos with Chipotle Cream Sauce

Lentil tacos

Mexican food is my favorite. Generally, it's cheap, quick, and easy. While it isn't always healthy, it is always delicious. Perhaps this recipe isn't authentic compared to most cheese and sauce drenched recipes, but it's wrapped in a tortilla so to me, that puts these tacos in that category, and it's healthy too! Lentils replace the typical ground meat found in tacos, the wilted arugula offers a peppery bite, zucchini is always delicious, and the chipotle cream sauce gives these tacos the perfect amount of spice. These tacos were delicious, and they made a ton. We pretty much never have leftovers, but we are looking forward to eating these again tomorrow night!

1 cup Green Lentils
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
2 cups Zucchini, diced
4 cups Arugula
3/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
2-3 Chipotle Pepper with Adobo Sauce
1/2 cup Cilantro
1 Lime, juiced
16 Corn Tortillas
Salt and Pepper, to taste

To make the sauce, place the yogurt, chipotles and adobo, cilantro, and lime juice in a food processor and blend until smooth. Set aside. Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil (I used part water and part vegetable broth I had in the fridge). Add the lentils and cook until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain if necessary, then add the arugula and stir to wilt. In a sauté pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 15 seconds. Add the zucchini and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté until the zucchini becomes golden brown on both sides, about 10 minutes. Warm the tortillas in a hot oven or in the microwave. Layer two tortillas on a plate, spoon the lentil and arugula mixture over the tortillas, followed by the zucchini. Drizzle with the chipotle cream sauce. 

SOURCE: Bev Cooks

Monday
Jun032013

Citrus Beet Salad

Citrus beet salad

An organization that my father-in-law belongs to hosted a chicken BBQ on Sunday in a nearby park. Joel and I decided to take advantage of the break from rain and went for lunch, which left us wanting a very small dinner. I've been in a rut lately and haven't really felt like doing any grocery shopping, meal planning, or cooking, and that generally leads to us going out or eating junk. A quick browse through a few pages of Tastespotting changed all of that and left me craving this colorful salad. Aside from the time it took to roast the beets, the salad came together very quickly, with virtually no cooking involved. The colors in this salad were beautiful and flavors were amazing, too! I look forward to enjoying this again very soon!

For the Dressing:
2 tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
2 tablespoons Cider Vinegar
2 tablespoons Honey
2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Place all ingredients in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake vigorously until well combined. 

For the Salad:
2 Beets, scrubbed and peeled
1/2 Red Onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup Salted Pistachios, shells removed
3 cups Baby Greens or Baby Spinach
Handful of Blue Cheese, crumbled
1 Orange, peeled and segmented

Scrub and peel the beets. Toss them with olive oil and wrap them in foil. Roast them at 450 degrees for 45-60 minutes, or until fork tender. Set aside to cool. Place the greens in a bowl and toss with the other ingredients. Drizzle with vinaigrette dressing.
 

SOURCE: A Muse in My Kitchen