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Baked Tomatoes with Corn and Quinoa

stuffed tomato

I love stuffed tomatoes. They’re so versatile, you can really get creative with them and add whatever you think sounds good; as well as subtract what you’re not particularly fond of. With this particular recipe, I have to say that broiling the chiles, corn and onion does add a great favor, but there have been times I’ve been in a pinch and used canned chiles and skipped broiling the corn and onion all together and they still tasted great.

Ingredients

2 poblano chiles (omit or decrease if you don’t like spicy)
2 cups fresh corn kernels
1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon salt, divided
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
6 large ripe tomatoes
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/4 cup water
4 ounces co-Jack cheese, shredded

Directions

Preheat broiler to high.
2. Cut the chiles in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place chile halves, skin side up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 8 minutes or until blackened. Place in a paper bag; close tightly. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel chiles. Coarsely chop chiles; place in a bowl. Add corn and onion to pan; broil 10 minutes, stirring twice. Add corn mixture to chopped chiles; stir in oregano, oil, lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, cumin, and black pepper.
3. Cut tops off tomatoes; set aside. Carefully scoop out tomato pulp, leaving shells intact. Drain pulp through a sieve over a bowl, pressing with the back of a spoon to extract liquid. Reserve 1 1/4 cups liquid, and discard remaining liquid. Sprinkle tomatoes with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Invert tomatoes on a wire rack; let stand 30 minutes. Dry insides of tomatoes with a paper towel.
4. Combine reserved tomato liquid, quinoa, 1/4 cup water, and the remaining salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; fluff with a fork. Add quinoa mixture to corn mixture; toss well.
5. Preheat oven to 350°.
6. Spoon about 3/4 cup corn mixture into each tomato. Divide cheese evenly among tomatoes. Place tomatoes and tops, if desired, on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Preheat broiler. Broil the tomatoes 1 1/2 minutes or until cheese melts. Place tomato tops on tomatoes, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
Calories: 320
Fat: 11.2g
Saturated fat: 4.1g
Protein: 13.4g
Carbohydrate: 46.3g
Fiber: 8.8g
Cholesterol: 17mg
Sodium: 550mg

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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

 

mediteranean quinoa salad

 

 

 

 

 

With Summer right around the corner and Spring FINALLY arriving, I’ve been craving this particular dish quite a bit lately and finally decided to get into the kitchen and make it. Good thing I did, too, because I made enough to share with friends and got some of them hooked on it too (and quinoa in general)! This is great served as a side dish with any meal or as a light lunch or dinner.

 

Ingredients

2 cups water
1 cup uncooked quinoa
⅓ cup red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
¼ cup olive oil (or grape seed oil)
1 medium red onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
½ cup chopped Kalamata olives
½ cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp sea salt
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
Juice of one fresh lemon

 

Directions

  1. In a medium sized saucepan bring water and quinoa to a boil over medium heat. Once it begins to boil, reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, for 15-20 minutes or until water is fully absorbed and the quinoa becomes fluffy. Lightly stir the quinoa and cool for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the oil (I used a basil pesto flavored grape seed oil that I had, feel free to get a little creative and/or change things up a little) and vinegar and let the quinoa come to room temperature.
  3. Add the onion, tomatoes, pepper, olives, cilantro (I didn’t have any fresh cilantro on hand but I did have dried cilantro so I used about 1/2 – 1 Tbsp. of that), and salt and pepper. Stir thoroughly. Add feta cheese and combine. Chill for 2 hours to let flavors combine. Squeeze lemon juice over salad right before serving to enhance the flavors.

Nutritional Information

(per serving, serves 8)

Calories 235.0
  Total Fat 13.9 g
  Saturated Fat 1.9 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 5.0 g
  Cholesterol 5.0 mg
  Sodium 435.4 mg
  Potassium 157.0 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 22.7 g
  Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
  Sugars 2.1 g
  Protein 6.2 g

 

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Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

Ingredients

  • 5 cups chopped broccoli
  • 3 cups cooked quinoa (about 1 cup uncooked)
  • 2 cups Cream of Celery Soup (see recipe below)
  • 2 cans water chestnuts, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 cup bell peppers (any color), diced
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Basil
  • 1 Tbsp. ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1  1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Toss together broccoli and quinoa in a large bowl. Add cream of celery soup, onion, celery, water chestnuts, bell peppers, ground mustard, salt, pepper and ¾ cup of shredded cheese. Toss well and transfer to a 13 x 9 baking dish. Top with remaining ¾ cup of cheese and bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

Nutritional Information per serving (makes 8 servings)

Calories 254, Fat 15g, Carbohydrates 19.7g, Protein 11.6g, Cholesterol 23mg, Sodium 522mg, Fiber 3.4g, Sugars 1.4g

recipe slightly adapted from cookingquinoa.net

 

 

Cream Of Celery Soup

(makes 2 cups)

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or butter)
  • ¼ cup toasted quinoa flour (or flour of choice)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (or vegan Parmesan)
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Add in flour and whisk. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the mixture bubbles and begins to brown. Whisk in almond milk and vegetable broth. Cook, whisking frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken.
  2. Stir in the celery, Parmesan cheese, onion powder, smoked paprika and sea salt. Simmer for 6 to 8 minutes. Allow to cool to use in a recipe or freeze in 2 cup portions for later use.

from cookingquinoa.net

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Pizza Quinoa Casserole

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked quinoa cooked in 2 C water (or about 3 1/2 cups cooked quinoa)
6 oz can tomato paste
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 med-large onion, chopped
2 tbsp water
1 Tbsp. Grapeseed Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp fennel seed (I grind mine in a mortar & pestle)
1 tsp marjoram
1 Tbsp. Basil
1 Tbsp. dried parsley
pinch of sugar
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
1 can diced tomatoes
3 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional but I used for a cheesy flavor)
1/2 cup shredded Italian blend or Mozzarella cheese, optional for topping

Directions
1. Rinse quinoa well (if needed; the quinoa that I buy is pre-rinsed so I don’t need to do this) and combine with water in a small pot over high heat.  Bring to a boil, cover and turn down to low and simmer for 15 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed, the quinoa is tender and completely cooked.  Remove from the heat and leave covered for 5 minutes while preparing the rest.*
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 4 – 1 cup ramekins, 2 – 2 cup dishes or a larger casserole dish, depending on how you want to bake and serve this.
3. In a small bowl, combine the tomato paste with the garlic and onion, water and olive oil.  Mix well.  Add tomatoes and all the seasonings including the nutritional yeast if using.  Mix well again before adding the quinoa.  Once the mixture is completely mixed, taste for seasonings and add more salt as needed.  Divide among the dishes for baking, sprinkle with cheese if desired.
4. Bake 30-35 minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbly or until the quinoa on top is golden and crispy. Add any additional toppings if desired.
*For a quicker prep, cook the quinoa the night before and refrigerate to easily assemble the next evening.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information per serving

Nutrition Facts

 

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  4 Servings

Amount Per Serving
  Calories 384.4
  Total Fat 11.4 g
      Saturated Fat 3.5 g
      Polyunsaturated Fat 0.8 g
      Monounsaturated Fat 3.8 g
  Cholesterol 16.4 mg
  Sodium 660.1 mg
  Potassium 661.7 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 55.2 g
      Dietary Fiber 8.8 g
      Sugars 14.3 g
  Protein 19.3 g

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Kale and Quinoa Casserole

So, I’ve been looking at this recipe off and on for about a week now, trying to decide if I thought it sounded good enough to make. I wasn’t sure about the recipe calling for lettuce (in a baked casserole…sounded sketchy). It just seemed wrong. Well, I decided to give it a try anyway, and at this point I’ll go ahead and say it was purely to satisfy my curiosity as to whether or not it would actually turn out good with the lettuce in it, and also since most of the reviews on the recipe were good. Turns out that it actually tastes really good! How about that?! I did make changes to the recipe and have included those changes in my directions and ingredient list below. Feel free to check out the original recipe HERE (thanks vegetariantimes), in case you’d prefer to make it that way instead. After tasting this dish, I think next time I may add some corn and sun dried tomatoes as well. Make sure that you season this dish well and to your liking; if you don’t you will probably think it’s too bland.
 
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½ cup quinoa, (rinsed and drained if needed)
1 cup water (or any flavor stock, I used vegetable stock)
1 large bunch Kale (1 to 1 ¼ lb.), torn off the stem and into bite-sized pieces
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped (use the entire leaf, including stem)
2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup chopped bell peppers, any color (I used red, orange and green)
2 green onions, chopped
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. dried dill
2 tsp. Mrs. Dash original flavor
1 tsp. Oregano
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 eggs and 3 egg whites, lightly beaten
non-stick pan spray
4 Tbsp. shredded Parmesan cheese (optional, topping)
1/4 cup chopped almonds (optional, topping)
 
Directions
 
Preheat oven to 350.
Cook quinoa according to directions on package, set aside.
Heat a 5 quart pan over medium-low heat. Add 1 Tbsp. oil to pan, then add kale and let cook until wilted down to about 1/2 it’s original volume (took mine about 5-8 minutes). Then add the lettuce and cook an additional 2-3 minutes, until slightly wilted. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
In the same 5 quart pan, heat 1 Tbsp. oil over medium heat and add chopped onion and bell peppers. Cook until they start to get tender. Add garlic and cook 1-2 minutes more. Add the onion/pepper mixture and quinoa to the kale/lettuce mixture, then add the green onions, seasonings, feta and beaten eggs. Mix well.
Spray a 9 inch pie dish and spread mixture evenly into the dish. Bake, covered, for 25 minutes. Remove cover, sprinkle optional toppings on (parmesan cheese and almonds) and bake for another 20-30 minutes, until cooked all the way through and golden brown.
 
 

nutritional information

Per Slice (serves 6):

  • Calories: 233
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Total Fat: 13 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Cholesterol: 115 mg
  • Sodium: 149 mg
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Sugar: 4 g

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Meatless Monday Double Feature

Ok, folks, I’ve got a double feature for you this week to make up for missing last weeks meatless Monday. These quinoa bites get whipped up pretty quickly and they freeze well which is why I make them on a pretty regular basis.

Cheesy Quinoa Bites

adapted from soveryblessed.com

(click the link to see the original recipe and better pictures)

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa (*see note at bottom)
  • 1 egg and 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 3 stalks green onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup grated Sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
  • 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash (original flavor)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Mix together quinoa, carrot, egg, green onion, garlic, cheese, flour, Mrs. Dash, salt and pepper.
3.  Distribute mixture into a greased mini muffin tin, filling each cup to the top (1 heaping Tbs each).
4.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.

*regarding the quinoa- I cook it a day ahead of time as doing this seems to help it all stick together a little better. I also cook the quinoa in Chicken broth to add more flavor. You could also cook it in Beef or Vegetable broth.

 

 

Crockpot Quinoa and Lentil Soup

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1/2 cup quinoa

3/4 cup uncooked small red lentils

2 large carrots

2 stalks celery

1 small head cauliflower (can also use 1 med. zucchini OR 1 small butternut squash)

1 large onion, chopped

1 bay leaf

2 inch piece cinnamon stick (optional, see note*)

2 thin slices fresh ginger (I used 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. ground ginger since I didn’t have fresh)

6-8 cups chicken stock (start with 6 and add more to get desired consistency, I used 8)

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground fennel seed

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp dried thyme leaf or 1 sprig fresh

1 tsp dried basil or 1 Tbsp minced fresh

1/2 tsp dried rosemary leaves or 1 sprig fresh

1/2 tsp salt or to taste and fresh ground black pepper

4 Tbsp minced fresh herbs: parsley, cilantro or basil

2 cups chopped fresh greens: kale, chard, or spinach (optional)

Crockpot Directions:

  1. Rinse the lentils in a bowl or pan, then drain into a colander
  2. Peel carrots and cut into thin pieces
  3. Wash and trim the celery stalks, then slice into thin pieces
  4. Break or cut the cauliflower into medium-large chunks (they will break up into smaller pieces as they cook)
  5. Combine quinoa, lentils, herbs & spices and fresh ginger in the crockpot
  6. Add the vegetables (except for the greens) and cover with the 6 cups chicken broth
  7. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or more if needed
  8. 30 minutes before serving, turn the heat up to high and stir in the greens
  9. Just before serving, add the minced fresh parsley, basil or cilantro, salt & pepper, and serve, removing the ginger slices, bay leaves, cinnamon stick, as you come across them

*I thought the cinnamon stick was too much so next time I make it I’ll either leave it out completely or take it out after 15-20 minutes. I also made my soup on the stove instead of the crockpot. If you want to do that start by sauteing all the vegetables (aside from optional greens) for about 10 minutes, then add spices and seasonings, followed by chicken stock, lentils (rinsed) and quinoa. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until quinoa and lentils are fully cooked. Remove bay leaf, ginger and cinnamon stick before serving.

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Baked Costa Rican – Syle Tilapia with Pineapples, Black Beans and Rice

Picture of Baked Costa Rican-Style Tilapia with Pineapples, Black Beans and Rice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
    (or Quinoa if you prefer that)
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons Grapeseed Oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (5 to 7-ounce) tilapia fillets, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 cups jarred or homemade tomato salsa
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups diced fresh pineapple
  • 2 limes, thinly sliced

Directions

Combine the rice (or Quinoa – it cooks the same as rice) and chicken broth in a pot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook until the rice (or Quinoa) is tender and has absorbed all of the liquid, about 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the orange juice, lime juice, oil, 2 tablespoons of the cilantro, the garlic, and sugar; season with salt and pepper. Add the tilapia fillets to the marinade, turning to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for 20 minutes, turning occasionally.

Stir together the cooked rice, salsa, beans, pineapple, and remaining 2 tablespoons of the cilantro in a 2 or 3-quart baking dish. Remove the tilapia from the marinade, reserve the marinade, and lay the fish fillets over the rice mixture, overlapping if necessary. Pour the reserved marinade over the fish. Shingle the lime slices over the fish. Bake until the fish flakes easily, is opaque, and cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro before serving.

Makes 4 servings. Calories were calculated using Quinoa and fresh pineapple.

Nutrition Facts
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  4 Servings
Amount Per Serving
  Calories 557.5
  Total Fat 13.7 g
  Saturated Fat 1.9 g
  Polyunsaturated Fat 5.4 g
  Monounsaturated Fat 1.8 g
  Cholesterol 85.0 mg
  Sodium 1,133.1 mg
  Potassium 1,320.8 mg
  Total Carbohydrate 65.2 g
  Dietary Fiber 10.7 g
  Sugars 14.0 g
  Protein 47.4 g
  Vitamin A 16.6 %
  Vitamin B-12 6.9 %
  Vitamin B-6 15.5 %
  Vitamin C 60.0 %
  Vitamin D 0.0 %
  Vitamin E 4.7 %
  Calcium 8.7 %
  Copper 37.4 %
  Folate 29.9 %
  Iron 41.5 %
  Magnesium 17.4 %
  Manganese 96.4 %
  Niacin 22.7 %
  Pantothenic Acid     5.2 %
  Phosphorus     58.3 %
  Riboflavin 94.7 %
  Selenium 6.7 %
  Thiamin 18.4 %
  Zinc 8.5 %

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