Broccoli & Quinoa Medley  


Here is another one!!! Super easy, fun and healthy (in moderation lol). I found this broccoli casserole recipe on http://www.eatgood4life.com and decided to make it my own. I was truly amazed at how good and tasty this was and new you would love it! You know it’s also a plus when your toddler loves it! 👌🏾

Ingredients:

9-12 oz of broccoli (I used frozen)

2 1/2 cups of uncooked Quinoa
2 cups of Mozerella cheese

1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese

14 oz can of Swanson’s reduced sodium chicken broth

14 oz of water (I used the Swanson’s can)

3 stalks of green onions

2 cups of spinach (Again, I used frozen)

1 tsp. of oregano 

1 tsp. of garlic powder

Put frozen broccoli in a bowl and cook for about 3-4 minutes and set aside. 

Put Quinoa and chopped green onions in a 9×13 baking dish. 

Chicken broth and water mixed in bowl for taste testing (I did not add salt because the broth has enough, however you can add salt to your liking).  

Chicken broth, 1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese, spinach, garlic and oregano added to the dish and ready to bake at 350 degrees in the oven for about 30 minutes. After 30 min. You will notice the Quinoa is fully cooked and you can now stir in the broccoli and add the remainder of cheese to cover the top (I sprinkled additional Parmesan too)! Broil for about 3 minutes and voilà! 

Good to the last drop!😜

 

Makes 5-6 servings. 

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Vegan? II

While I was on my 3 week fast I thought this would be a great time to try veganism for the last week. I have been wondering about If I could actually do it and how good the food would actually taste. I have a friend that is vegetarian and when I told her I was going vegan she said good luck because she couldn’t do it. Of course I was like,  really?  In my eyes she was only a blink away from being a vegan. Yea, sooo not the same.

Cutting out all meat (seafood included), dairy and anything else that had a face was quiet interesting. I even read about the debate on honey and how most vegans don’t eat it because they believe some bees are harmed during the honey process. Then there are some who are vegan and eat honey and call themselves “beegans!” Lol

Anyways,  I was slow to preparing actual meals in the beginning  but I got excited when I started to find some cool recipes that at least “looked” good. During the fast I cut out a lot of salt and did some substitution. Overall, I am glad that I took the opportunity to do this and broaden my palette….Lord knows this was a challenge! 😀

Here are a few pictures along with recipes of both vegetarian and vegan foods I ate during the 3 weeks, just in-case you dare to try!

Baked Chicken, Spinach and Tomatoes
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1 package of chicken wings or your favorite parts
1 can of spinach or bought fresh
1 can of diced tomatoes or 2 freshly cut into pieces
Mrs. Dash table blend seasoning (enough to cover both sides of chicken)
Onion powder
Garlic powder

Cover chicken with foil and bake chicken with seasoning for 30 min on 350°. Afterwards, garnish spinach and tomatoes on top of chicken and add enough Mrs. Dash to cover the top (the seasoning is awesome b/c it is salt free and all natural so you can add as much as you like)! Bake again for 10 min covered and then serve with a salad.

Meatless Lasagna
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2 zucchinis
1 lasagna shells box
1 frozen bag of spinach or fresh
3-4 cups of shredded 3 blend cheese
Extra Virgin olive oil
Mrs. Dash table blend seasoning
Onion Powder
Garlic powder
Oregano
Ricotta cheese
2-8oz cans of tomato sauce
1 12 oz can of tomato paste

Boil your lasagna enough to fit your baking pan (my ingredients were for a large pyrex pan that fit 12 lasagna noodles) Next place frozen spinach in hot water till defrosted. Cut zucchini into half and then in thin strips and cook in a pan using olive oil until soft turning on both sides. Use another pot and chop half an onion and sauté. Once done, cook sauce and paste adding a few sprinkles of oregano, onion and garlic powder and Mrs. Dash (season to liking). Once noodles are done let the layering begin! Layer as much as you like of each ingredient and once done, bake for about 45 min on 350°.

Roasted Potato & Edamame Salad
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Lettuce
Roasted red potatoes
Edamame
Balsamic vinaigrette
Mrs. Dash seasoning or seasoning of your choice
Garlic powder
Oregano
Extra virgin olive oil

Cut potatoes in small halves, add seasoning as well as garlic powder and oregano. Bake till soft using a little oil on 350°. Then fry on stove for a light crisp (may need to add a little more oil). Add to salad and with your favorite dressing and eat!

Mochi

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I didn’t make this from scratch. It comes in a square package and its firm it different flavors. I chose cinnamon raisin. You bake for about 15 min and this is what you get. I added honey for some taste because it tasted similar to toasted wheat bread, but most of the time its eaten with soy sauce or a Japanese soup.

Vegan Burrito-BLT Style
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1 package of Tempeh bacon
1/2 of an onion diced
1/2 a green pepper diced
1 can of diced tomatoes or fresh tomato (I did without)
1 tsp of cumin
1 tbsp of low sodium soy sauce
Extra virgin olive oil
Cilantro
Wheat tortilla or tacos

I first cooked my green peppers and onions in olive oil until soft then I added the cumin and soy sauce. Then I basically cut the strips of Tempeh bacon into little squares and added them to the pot to cook for a few minutes and then add cilantro. I added corn as a side, but I’m sure you could add it to the mix!

Vegan Stir Fry
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1 package of Seitan cut into strips
2 large crowns of broccoli chopped ( I used a small frozen bag)
1 bag of bean sprouts
2 tablespoons  olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced or powdered
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce, plus more for seasoning
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated fresh or jarred ginger, or more
1 teaspoon natural granulated sugar
1 tsp of grounded ginger
Uncle Ben’s Jasmine rice (I used the microwaveable 90 sec bag)

Heat the oil plus 2 tablespoons water in a pan. Add the garlic and broccoli (I soaked te broccoli in hot water till soft)Turn the heat to medium-high and stir fry for 4 to 5 minutes. Add a handful of bean sprouts and the remaining ingredients including cooked rice and continue to stir-fry for 3 to 4 minutes. Add a little water if needed. This by far was my favorite vegan dish!

Vegan Pancakes
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The directions on this one is simple…just follow the box! I used Cherrybrook Kitchen Original Pancake Mix and then added bananas, applesauce, raisins and soy milk. I then topped it off with some maple syrup! The kids loved it and I thought it was pretty good too!
Recipes inspired by http://www.vegkitchen.com and http://www.vegetarian.about.com

Bean & Egg Salad

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So on my quest of eating healthier and trying new things I present my pinto bean and egg salad. Now most people add virtually anything everything to make a salad, however I am a picky eater. I usually go for some lettuce, ranch dressing and if I am feeling lucky, some pieces of chicken and croutons 🙂 . As for this salad, it’s simple yet tasty! What’s your favorite kind of salad?

Ingredients:
°Several pieces of fresh cut lettuce
°1/3 of pinto beans (boil your own or you can use the can)
°1 boiled egg
°Balsamic vinaigrette (or extra virgin olive oil and vinegar)
°Dash of pepper (optional)

Vegan?

So I am sure many of you know about the vegan diet that Beyonce and Jay-Z are doing for 22 days. Jay-Z says you can call it a “spiritual and physical cleanse.” I myself have done spiritual and physical cleanses, in the form of fasting. Fasting generally means abstaining from food and focusing on prayer and I typically do it based on a need. A need for God to do something in my life, a need to break unhealthy eating habit and of course the need to loose those extra unwanted pounds! I haven’t fasted in several months and upon reading about what the two pop stars are doing, I thought it would be great idea to start back up…after the holidays that is. In life, you got to know when to pick your battles and fasting during a holiday is not one of mine. I have done several fasts that have included, no food for 3 days, only vegetables for a week and one meal in the day. Of course the no food for a day is the hardest however, it can be done.

So what does it mean to go vegan? No meats, no fish, no poultry, no eggs, no dairy and no honey whew! Am I crazy? This is going to be interesting.  I am not only going to challenge myself to go vegan for a week, I’m going to prepare all the meals myself and only drink water. Self, that means no candy, no kool-laid and definitely no Popeye’s! My husband says he will also join me on the fast…mmmmm. There was a time  before my husband and I got  married, it was him and “Little Debbie.” The only time I see her is generally around the holidays, however, I think she has been creeping in a little more than usual!

I thought about doing the fast for 22 days, but I think a week will be good enough. It’s been said that it takes 21 days to break a habit. If anything, I am not trying to stop eating bacon, meatloaf or any other meat at the end of this fast. I just want to be able to explore other ways of eating healthier by introducing new foods to my body. Now, anyone who truly knows me, knows I am a picky eater. I am the one who goes to Subway and orders a sandwich who doesn’t want it toasted, but her meat heated separately for exactly 10 seconds and not a minute more! No, I’m not kidding. If I go to a new restaurant, I am checking the menu online before I go so I know what to order. The only time this has failed me was when my husband had his companies’ dinner and we ate at a Greek restaurant. I looked online and knew what I wanted to order when I arrived. Sadly, I was told they no longer had the dinner I wanted and what I was looking at was an old menu. As you can imagine, I had no idea what I was going to do. I was the last to order and the last to eat!

On a serious note, I think we will be just fine. Most of the fasts I have done in life have been with my husband. We put God first and lean on each other for support. I am excited about this challenge I am setting for myself.  In life, you got to set goals. You have to do things that you don’t want to do in order to prove you can do it. Whether it’s starting a new diet or starting your own business, know you have the power to make it happen. Greater is HE that is within you. I’ll let you you know how I do!