Quinoa Revisted

Quinoa with Ranch Style Beans

I made quinoa for lunch today.  The first time we ate it, I used this recipe-Quinoa and Black Beans.  It was very good and we all enjoyed it.  I wrote about it in a previous post.  I still had over half a box of quinoa, so, I decided it was time to make it again.  When I checked the panty I discovered that I did not have any black beans on hand.  So, this time I used ranch style beans. 

Using the ranch style beans gave this dish a completely different taste.  I also used chicken broth rather than vegetable broth.  The cayenne pepper had a stronger presence in this version.  It was still a winner.  Although, I must say, I did not make my children eat their entire portion due to the spiciness.

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Dinner Tonight

Tonight’s dinner was called Bubble Pizza. 

Comments included the following:

“What is that black stuff?”

“I’m not eating this stuff.”  (My response, “Then go clean your room and you can come out when you are ready to eat.”  He came back  30 seconds later.)

“You can make this again.”

“It really tastes like pizza.”

“Waaaaaa.” (as the 21-month old spits it out)

We will not judge this recipe based on the toddler’s review. 

Taco Salad

Some of our ingredients

We just enjoyed this wonderful taco salad that I discovered at www.allrecipes.com.  It called for French Dressing to be mixed with the hamburger meat and chili beans.  I am not a big fan of any type of dressing in excess.  I usually always order my dressing on the side due to the fact that my salad always looks like it is drowning when I don’t.  So, I cut the amount of dressing that the recipe called for in half.  I also did not purchase the taco seasoning because I am currently on this kick where I do not want to buy things that are loaded with MSG.  Of course, it is hard to avoid MSG all together, because it is in so much of what we eat.  I just used my own spices to make the seasoning-cumin, chili powder, oregano, red pepper flakes and onion powder.  I just sprinkled and mixed until I got a desirable flavor.  I used venison instead of hamburger because that is what I had on hand.  I also added an avocado to the mix because I think that anytime I eat salad and/or Mexican-style food, that I need avocado.  Instead of tortilla chips, I used organic blue corn chips with sea salt (yummy!).  Here is a picture of John’s bowl (loaded with sour cream, of course).  Click on the picture and it will take you to the recipe. 

Taco Salad

New Adventures in Dining

We tried a new dish in our home tonight.  Quinoa with black beans.  Here is the link http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Quinoa-and-Black-Beans/Detail.aspx.  From what I understand about this grain, it is supposed to be extremely nutritious for you.  I am on an adventurous kick in my cooking right now and I am always on the look-out for meals that are both tasty and healthy.  So here is our family review and how it panned out. 

Quinoa with Black Beans-it's a keeper

  • Mommy:  loves it and plans on making it again. 
  • The five-year old:  cried when he saw it and said it looks nasty.  However, the rule in our house is that you will eat what Mommy serves or you can have a taste of vinegar on your tongue.  (He really hates this one, but it is the only thing that we could come up with that works.  Hopefully, I won’t be telling him this when he is seventeen.) 
  • The 21-month old:  cried and spit it out when I put it in her mouth.  Mommy and toddler had a wrestling match and, finally, toddler decided to cave.  She does like beans and I think she saw one in there.  Also, we brought out the pretzels and she wanted some.  I told her that she had to take a bite first and, miracle of all miracles, she opened her mouth wide and took a bite.  I got about 8 bites down her (until we ran out of pretzels). 
  • Daddy:  “It’s pretty good.”  The fact that he ate this as a main course and did not pull out some meaty leftovers is a big plus.  And, he went back for seconds and finished it all off.

So, for our final review of the quinoa-we will definitely add this to our repertoire of recipes.

Proverbs 22:1

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

All Cleaned Up

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