Fresh Pear with Cinnamon

Vegan “Dirty” Brown Rice

This is a wonderful rice dish as a main course. You can spice it up with any of your favorite vegetables and or hot peppers.  For a protein-rich version add a drained and rinsed can of black or red beans along with the vegetables

1 cup of fresh broccoli, chopped
1 cup of fresh cauliflower, chopped
1 cup of sliced carrots
2 cups of long grain brown rice
5 1/2 cups of water
2 tablespoons of garlic
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
1 teaspoon of your favorite dried herb or herb blend (optional)

Combine 2 cups of long grain brown rice and 5 1/2 cups of water in a large saucepan. Bring just to a boil. Add carrots and seasonings, stir and bring to a boil. (Add 1-2 tbsp of butter or oil if desired.)

Reduce heat and cover tightly.

Simmer 30 minutes, then lift cover and quickly add the cauliflower and broccoli. Don’t stir.
Re-cover immediately.

Simmer 15-20 minutes longer, or until rice is tender and all the water is absorbed.

Fluff lightly with a fork and serve.

Nutritional Value of Brown Rice (1 cup cooked)

216 Calories
1.8 g Total Fat
0 g Cholesterol
10 mg of Sodium
84 mg of Potassium
45 g Total Carbohydrates
5 g Protein

Nutritional Values of Vegetables (1 cup raw)

73.6 Calories
.8 g Total Fat
0 mg Cholesterol
89 mg Sodium
2607 mg Potassium
15 gr Carbohydrates
5.26 g Protein

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Gluten Free Quesadilla (10-Minute Lunch)

This gluten-free quesadilla is made with corn tortillas that contain no flour. If you aren’t gluten-sensitive, feel free to buy the corn tortillas that have flour in them if you like them better.  The GF tortillas I buy from Trader Joe’s have only corn and lime, and as such they are somewhat prone to fall apart with too much handling.

Cutting this into four wedges makes it easier to eat without falling apart.

Here’s a picture, served with a small side of leftover roasted potatoes.

Gluten Free Quesadilla with Roasted Red Potatoes
Gluten Free Quesadilla with Roasted Red Potatoes

Gluten Free Quesadilla Lunch
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Servings Prep Time
1 person 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 seconds
Servings Prep Time
1 person 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 seconds
Gluten Free Quesadilla Lunch
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 person 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 seconds
Servings Prep Time
1 person 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 seconds
Ingredients
Servings: person
Instructions
  1. Put 2 tortillas side by side
  2. Using the back of a fork, mash the avocado onto one tortilla. Put some slivers of cheese on the other.
  3. Put the slices of lunch meat on top of the cheese. Put the one with the cheese and meat on it on a paper towel and heat in the microwave for 10 seconds.
  4. Arrange the leafy greens on top of the meat. Place the other tortilla on top, with the mashed avocado side down.
  5. Cut into four wedges with a knife or pizza cutter.
  6. Put a couple spoonfuls of salsa in a small glass dish, cover with a small piece of paper towel and heat in the microwave for just a few seconds.
  7. Dip the quesadilla wedge into the salsa and enjoy. Yum!
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Fresh Pear with Cinnamon

Panini without a Press

Do you love panini and wish you could learn how to make panini sandwiches at home? Here’s a great article on different ways to make panini at home without a panini maker. Thank you, PaniniHappy.com, for posting this great article!

http://paninihappy.com/how-to-make-panini-without-a-panini-press/

I have read on some other blogs recently that can also use a George Foreman Grill to make panini sandwiches.

So with all these alternatives available to you, you really don’t need a panini press!

Fresh Pear with Cinnamon

Easy Crunchy Cucumber Salad

1 stalk celery
3-4 mini english cucumbers or pickling cucumbers
1/2 tsp garlic salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 Tbsp olive oil (or to taste)
1 tsp red wine vinegar (or to taste)
(Or 2 tsp white wine vinegar)

1. Peel the cucumbers leaving a few thin strips of green on them for color. Trim off the ends. Slice thinly.
2. Wash and thinly slice the celery.
3. Add all ingredients to a zip lock bag and shake. Let sit for 20-30 minutes while you make the rest of your dinner. Either in the frig or on the counter.

Right before serving, pour the salad into a nice bowl and top with a few sprigs of cilantro or parsley (optional).

Enjoy!

(Sorry, forgot to take a picture, will add it next time I make this!)

Sweet Fruit and Veggie Smoothie

Sweet Fruit & Veggie Smoothie

I experiment a lot with different combinations of ingredients in my smoothies.  The vast majority come out “good”, some come out “meh” and once in a while a combination will come out fantastic.

Of course everyone’s taste is different, and much depends on the quality of your ingredients… but I personally thought this smoothie came out fantastic. The combination of fruits and sweet veggies along with the almond butter makes this yummy smoothie one that can serve as an entire meal.

Ingredients:

2 C (or so) of red seedless grapes, washed
1 apple, cored and chopped into 4 pieces or so
2 dates, pits removed
1 carrot, scrubbed and cut into a few pieces
1 stalk celery with leaves, washed and cut into 3-4 pieces
1 large banana
1/2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
1 small piece of lime without rind (lemon works too)
1/2 C organic gluten-free rolled oats
1/3 C hemp seeds (optional)
2 big tablespoons of almond butter
1 tray of ice
1 sm carton of high protein yogurt (optional)
a little bit of water (if needed) to get it to your preferred consistency

Put everything in your Vita-Mix or Blend-Tec (or other high-powered) blender and use the instructions provided by your manufacturer to bring it up to high speed as quickly as possible. Blend on high for about 45 seconds.

Serves 2

Farro Salad Served

10 Minute Farro Salad

The 10 minutes is a bit misleading. It refers to the type of farro I used: Trader Joe’s 10 Minute Farro. The actual recipe takes about 30 minutes. It’s best if you let it sit for about an hour after you’ve made it just to let the flavors blend. You could chill it or leave it out at room temperature.

Ingredients:

1 bag Trader Joe’s 10 Minute Farro
1-1/2 C frozen corn
2 large carrots
1 beet
1 large sweet onion
2 stalks of celery with leaves
1 green pepper
1 jalapeño pepper
1/4 cup EVOO
6 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Coarse salt & fresh ground pepper
1 tsp Herbs de Provence (or other favorite herb blend)
Optional: crumbled feta, avocados, or sliced olives for garnish

Instructions:

Trader Joe's 10-Minute Farro

Add the bag of farro and 2 cups of water to a pan and turn to high. When it boils turned down to simmer and cover. After 10 minutes remove from heat, add the corn on top, re-cover and let sit for five more minutes.

While farro is cooking, coarsely chop celery, carrot, onion, beet, jalapeno. Add celery and beet pieces to a large bowl. Set the rest aside.

When farro is done, drain and add to the bowl with the beets and celery.

In the same pan in which you cooked the farro, add 2 tablespoons of the oil and turn heat to medium. Sauté the pile of chopped vegetables for about five minutes, then add them to the bowl along with the rest of the oil and vinegar. Season with salt pepper and seasonings and mix well.

Farro Salad

Chill in the fridge for about an hour or so and, if desired, top with crumbled feta and olives just prior to serving. Serve with grilled chicken sausages and a side salad. Or omit the sausage and add a can of drained black beans or chickpeas for a wonderful vegetarian meal.

Farro Salad with Avocados and Sausage