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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 17, 2012 10:31:09 PM
So my friend shared an AWESOME guilt-free treat idea yesterday, and I knew I just had to pass it on to you guys.

Peel a banana. Freeze the banana. Blend. = Awesome banana "ice cream"

She said it has the same consistency of ice cream, but the only thing in it is banana! I haven't tried it myself yet, but I think I'm just going to have to.
12  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 15, 2012 08:22:22 PM
There are vegetarian and vegan varieties of gelatin available, you just have to search for it (and do some research). you can try Agar-Agar or Carrageen. Both are made from seaweed instead of animal. Also, many Kosher gelatin is vegan-friendly, but you need to do a little research by brand, because SOME use fish or beef.
13  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 12, 2012 12:11:56 PM
Haha yea, I was just working on it. They took my picture away cuz it had a link to my blog. Oops. I'll edit this post to include it in a minute.

Sean got off work early today, which is weird on a Saturday. It left us rummaging around the kitchen looking for lunch. The fridge and pantry are starting to look pretty bare because I go shopping on Tuesdays, and most of our dinners this week were leftovers from last week.

Last night I had pulled out the leftover cooked quinoa from the freezer, and put it in the fridge to defrost. I had thought to make some more yummy quinoa patties with it, but today I had another idea. Totally on the spot, pulling things out of the fridge and cabinet, and handing them to Sean to mix with the quinoa, this is what we came up with (Please forgive the Christmas bowl they are one of two sets of dishes we use in the house, and both are necessary year-round (6 college-age people there are never enough clean dishes)).

Cali Style Quinoa (makes 1 bowl)


Quinoa (pre-cooked, add as much as you want)

1 Egg

Black Beans (pre-cooked, add as much as you want)

1/2 Avocado

Handful of Mozzarella Cheese

Salt, pepper, and soy sauce

Directions: Put the quinoa and egg in a frying pan, cook like you are making fried rice. Add the cooked black beans near the end (to warm them up). Add avocado at the same time if you want it warm, add it after if you want it cold. Put in a bowl and stir in the cheese. It should melt in and sort of stick everything together. Add salt, pepper, and soy sauce to taste.

There are lots of other things you could throw in, too. I just used what I happened to have on hand. Other things that sound yummy: mushrooms, spinach, onions, bell peppers, garlic (will definitely put garlic in next time!), tasty herbs, tomato, corn, etc. Youre really only limited by your imagination and whats in your kitchen.
14  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 11, 2012 11:41:50 PM
I've heard Costco carries it, if you have one of those?? I wouldn't know from personal experience, because I don't have a Costco card, and can only go when I borrow my mom's (cuz I look just like her >.>) but yea. Might be worth a shot.
15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 11, 2012 03:38:57 PM
So Sean is off work early today, so we made lunch together. This is what we came up with. I call it Cali Style Quinoa. So yummy, and filling. Also, lots of protein for vegetarians like me!

You can find the recipe on my blog.

*EDIT* Posted the picture and recipe about 5 posts down.
16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 06, 2012 11:39:14 AM
@CLM: I think you could totally bake them instead. In fact, I found a really similar recipe for baked ones. http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/baked-quinoa-patties-recipe.html

As for my goals this week, I want to stay in the kitchen! Haha. I start a new job today, and part of my new job requirements is to make dinner for 2 teenage kids, so that shouldn't be hard. Also, I might have to make one of those water bracelets... I did really (really) well drinking enough liquid yesterday, but that's mostly because it was the Superbowl and we all got drunk. And when I drink, I also drink a LOT of water (I think I woke Sean up three or four times last night to hand me the water cup). It's probably not a good thing that I'm always better hydrated after drinking than I am normally...

Also, I sort of stopped keeping track of what I was eating, mainly because we've been cooking stuff at home, and it's hard to keep track of calories and what not. So I need to keep a notebook of just writing down what I eat, even if I can't track the calories.
17  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 04, 2012 12:51:46 PM
I finally got around to making those quinoa patties last night! Oh man, why did I wait!! So good! All I added to mine was a handful of cut up mushrooms, and avocado on top.

Two notes: 1. Don't use as much garlic as the recipe calls for. It overpowers everything, which is fine if you REALLY like garlic, and don't mind garlic breath. Sean wasn't impressed. 2. Try it plain with the avocado first. And don't be shy with the avocado (particularly if there's too much garlic). Delicious!!

I managed to get 10 patties out of it, and they are FILLING. I ate 3 last night for dinner and was stuffed. Put the rest in tupperware in the fridge. Having 2 for lunch today, and they are just as good cold as they are warm. I will DEFINITELY be making this recipe again.

18  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 02, 2012 05:52:28 PM
The comments about the carrots and the sugar and what not reminded me: I came across this really awesome blog a few days ago, and I literally read straight through it. http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/

Her family wants everyone to take a pledge to eat 'real food' for 10 days. To prove that it's totally do-able, they did it for 100! And then, they did it again, on a budget!

The rules are something like this - no white flour or enriched what flour (instead use WHOLE wheat), no sugar (instead use honey, 100% maple syrup, or agave), lots of fruits and veggies (though preferably organic), seafood that is wild-caught, locally raised meat, no deep fried foods, no fast food, and pre-packaged stuff that has over 5 ingredients.

I would try to push Sean to take the 10-day pledge, but I think he's already had enough with me trying to become (closer to) a zero waste home (from this blog http://zerowastehome.blogspot.com/).

Also sort of on a health note, my mom got me pallets, soil, and a gift card to Home Depot (to pick out plants or seeds) for my birthday, so I'm going to start gardening and growing my own yummy foods! Yay!
19  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: February 01, 2012 07:13:20 PM
I was bad today... in the sense that I woke up at 10.30 this morning, it's not 7.00 at night, and this is the first time I'm eating all day. Yea, no bueno.

However, my cute little snack tray looked so appetizing (to my half-starved, delirious brain) that I decided to take a picture of it before devouring it. So, here you go.

I've got half an apple (ate the other half yesterday. Was a little too tart to eat the whole thing all at once), a banana, a hard-boiled egg, a few strawberries, a string cheese, and the heel of some yummy french bread my grocery store makes daily. Most of my lunches look like some form of this (my mom calls it a "snack tray") now that I'm vegetarian. Most of the time, though, my bread product is a PBJ sandwich, and I sub a tangerine for the strawberries (which were a special treat from my mom yesterday, YUM).
20  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Healthy Eats-Along 2012 on: January 31, 2012 11:32:39 PM
The two quinoa recipes I found are these: (again, haven't tested them out, but read the reviews from people who tried them, and everyone loved them!!)

Quinoa Patties: Yields 12 patties

2 cup raw quinoa
4 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt, divided
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Gruyere cheese
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup whole grain bread crumbs, plus more if needed
3 cups water, plus more if needed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or clarified butter
Additives include: finely chopped spinach, mushrooms, extra herbs, sun dried tomatoes, basil, pesto, etc.
Sauce/extras include: Lemon-garlic aioli, meaty tomato sauce, on a bun like a burger, avocado, avocado/lemon/sour cream puree, etc.


Combine 2 cups/12 oz/340 g of well-rinsed uncooked quinoa with 3 cups / 700 ml water and 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, decrease the heat, and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes, until the quinoa is tender and you can see the little quinoa curlicues. Chill quinoa to room-temp. (Extra quinoa can be frozen or refrigerated for later)

Combine 2 cups quinoa, eggs, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in the cheese and garlic, and any extra additives. Add the bread crumbs, stir, and let sit for a few minutes so the crumbs can absorb some of the moisture. At this point, you should have a mixture you can easily form into twelve 1-inch/2.5cm thick patties. I err on the very moist side because it makes for a not-overly-dry patty, but you can add more bread crumbs, a bit at a time, to firm up the mixture, if need be.
Conversely, a bit more beaten egg or water can be used to moisten the mixture.

Heat the oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-low heat, add 6 patties, if they'll fit with some room between each, cover, and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, until the bottoms are deeply browned. Turn up the heat if there is no browning after 10 minutes and continue to cook until the patties are browned. Carefully flip the patties with a spatula and cook the second sides for 7 minutes, or until golden. Remove from the skillet and cool on a wire rack while you cook the remaining patties. Alternatively, the quinoa mixture keeps nicely in the refrigerator for a few days; you can cook patties to order, if you prefer.

Serve plain, or with sauce/extras.

The other one I don't have a recipe for, but it's essentially a quinoa, black bean salad with a little romaine, some cilantro, lime, onions, things like that. Sort of southern, Mexican feel. Sounded delicious to me for whatever quinoa I had left!
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