Kicked-Up KEEN-wah

Kicked-Up KEEN-wah

Quinoa.  For those of you who are not sure how to pronounce it….KEEN-wah.  Hope that helps!  A super versatile seed, treated like a whole grain, and chock full of protein and fiber.  Once you start using it, you can’t get enough.  So simple to prepare, and a million ways to switch up the flavor.  For this recipe, I packed it full of superfood greens and other veggie goodness.  Serve topped with fresh, salty sunflower seeds.  Hope you enjoy!

SuperFood Quinoa

SuperFood Quinoa

Check out your fridge and see what awesomeness you have ready to use.  I had:

Ingredients

Ingredients

ORGANIC: Cherry Tomatoes, Shallot, Cucumber, Lemon, Kale, Feta & Garlic  (the poor, sad garlic did not make the picture for some reasson!)

Chop It UP!

Chop It UP!

TIP: Be sure to Salt your Cucumbers & Tomatoes first and lay them on a towel to release extra moisture

Fresh Herbs

Fresh Organic Herbs and Arugula from my pots!

I used my Garlic Chives, Parsley, Mint & Arugula

TIP: Mint, a little goes a LONG way, but use it if you got it because it adds a whole extra layer and level of flavor!

Chop or Tear

Chop or Tear

I used scissors to give them a rough, rustic cut.

Cook the Quinoa per instructions

Cook the Quinoa per instructions

TIP: Organic Low Sodium Veggie Broth and Garlic Clove boost flavor!

Add Kale

Add Kale

I added the Kale first while the Quinoa was still warm.

O Zinfandel Vinegar

O Zinfandel Vinegar

You can use ANY vinegar you like.  I was going to use Balsamic, but changed it up at the last minute.

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2 T Vinegar, 2 T EVOO, Salt & Pepper

TIP: When using Vinegar and EVOO, in any dish, ALWAYS ADD VINEGAR FIRST!!! That way the vinegar has a chance to penetrate the ingredients.  If you added the EVOO first, the vinegar would bounce off and not stick!  The same goes for ANY acidic ingredient (lemons, limes etc) VS ANY oil (grape seed, avocado, coconut, etc).  Always add your acidic ingredient FIRST!

Toss

Toss &  Add Lemon Juice & Zest

It should look something like this now!

Combine Remaining Ingredients minus Feta

Combine Remaining Ingredients minus Feta

Mix.  Taste.  Add more Vinegar/EVOO, s&p if needed.

Lightly Toss to Combine, then Add Feta

Lightly Toss to Combine, then Add Feta

TIP: Flavor Change Up: Substitute Goat Cheese for Feta!

Delish, Healthy & Filling!

Delish, Healthy & Filling!

TIP: Top with fresh, salty Sunflower Seed for a nice nutty crunch!

ENJOY!

 

eat.drink.be Kari

SUPERFOOD SALADS

STUCK IN A SALAD RUT???

You’ve got the basics down, I’m sure: Lettuce

But here are some ideas for healthy, flavorful toppings

Very Veggie

Very Veggie

Mix Cherry Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Carrots, Kalamata Olives, Blue Cheese or Feta Crumbles, Cucumber, Corn off the Cob, Sliced Avocado

This one is awesome to do in the summer when you have leftover grilled corn and an excess of veggies from the garden!  Dress lightly with a homemade vinagrette or simply Oil and Vinegar.

Going Greek

Going Greek

Mix of Carrots, Cucumbers, Kalamata Olives, Artichokes, Feta Cheese, Sprouts

Greek Vinaigrette & Fresh Black Pepper

Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

Light & Crunchy! Mushrooms, Carrots, Cucumbers, Yellow Pepper, Radish, Lettuce, Spinach, Chicken, Sunflower Seeds

This one is great to make with leftover Chicken!  The dressing was Dijon, Lemon, EVOO, agave, s&p

Kale and Salmon

Kale and Salmon

One of my favorite Kale Salads (served here with Salmon)

Shredded Kale, Shredded Carrots, Shredded Red Cabbage, Sesame Seeds

Tossed with a Sesame Soy Dressing. Soy Sauce, Rice Wine Vinegar, Garlic, Sesame Seeds, Sesame Oil, S&P.  YUMMY!

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Crisp & Creamy

Served one night with Steak Tacos…will post the taco recipe soon….

Lettuce Mix, Red Pepper, Orange Pepper, Cucumber, Snap Peas, Scallions

Dressing: Greek Yogurt, Dijon, Red Wine Vinegar, EVOO, S&P

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Kari

VEG-OUT Chicken Salad

VEG-OUT CHICKEN SALAD

Fresh & Full of Veggies

Fresh & Full of Veggies

This is what I made with the leftover Buttermilk Grilled Chicken from last night’s dinner.  I looked in the fridge to see what fresh organic veggies I had.  This is what I came up with:

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Cherry Tomatoes, Black Grapes, Radish, Snap Peas, Carrots, Celery

Chop them however you like!  I did each one a bit different….just to my own personal liking.

  • Cherry Tomatoes: Halve or Quarter depending on size
  • Black Grapes: Halve
  • Easter Egg Radish: Julienne
  • Snap Peas: line up and cut on a Diagonal
  • Carrots: Julienne
  • Celery: Dice

Next, Throw it all into the Bowl.  Mix it up!

Lookin Healthy!!!

Lookin Healthy!!!

Next, I used my leftover dressing from last night as the binder.  Pinot-Grigio, Cucumber & Feta.  It was fantastic for this chicken salad.  The Creamy Feta, the Crisp Cucumber & Snap Peas, the Peppery Radish, with the Fresh Lemon was just a match made in heaven! Lucky for me!!!  And the base of Greek Yogurt kept the salad LowFat and Healthy!

Pour some Dressing on Top

Pour some Dressing on Top

Mix it Up & Voila

Mix it Up

Fresh, Easy, Healthy & SuperDelicious.

You get your protein, veggies & fruit all at once.

Now, how’s that for leftovers?!?!!?

Serve over Lettuce

Serve over Lettuce

Dinner is Served

TIP: I also sprinkled Organic SunFlower Seeds & Edamame on top for an extra boost!

One more thing!!!!

I STILL had some VEG-OUT CHICKEN SALAD leftover for lunch the next day.  Made a quick, healthy & tasty spinach wrap!  Can’t get any easier than this!  Grill once, eat for days.  Gotta love it!

Spinach Wrap, TONS of Fresh Lettuce, VEG-OUT Chicken Salad

Spinach Wrap, TONS of Fresh Lettuce, VEG-OUT Chicken Salad

……and That’s a WRAP!!!

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Kari

Organic Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Granola

Organic Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

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Crunchy & Chock FULL of Healthy Goodness

Crunchy & Chock FULL of Healthy Goodness

Are you ready for this!?!?! I’m not sure you are.
You are about to find the Holy Grail of all granola recipes. Every time I make granola….I’m never quite pleased with the results. (And usually end up having to throw the pan away!!!) Here is a simple, no fail, De-freakin-LICIOUS recipe that I promised will Wow! It made a little over 3 large mason jars full. Plenty to share!!!
I’ve got to give credit to David Lebovitz (www.davidlebovitz.com) for the basic Chocolate Peanut Butter recipe. It is fantabulous. Check out his blog!  Great writer….Paris…food….humor…love him!!!  Anyways, all I did was karify it up a little.  Get creative!!!  Use what you have hanging around in the pantry! I’m sure you can’t go wrong no matter what you add in to personalize this one!  I just added some seeds for a little health booster!

Slightly toasted to perfection

Slightly toasted to perfection

Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola

3 cups Organic Rolled Oats
1 cup Coarsely Chopped Local/Unsalted Peanuts
3/4 cup Organic/Good Quality Dark Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup Organic Organic Sunflower Seeds, Unsalted
1/2 cup Organic White Sesame Seeds
1/3 cup Organic Black Chia Seeds
1/3 cupOrganic Flax Seedsor Ground Flaxseed
2 T Organic Ground Ceylon Cinnamon
Sea Salt

1/2 cup Organic Peanut Butter, Creamy & Unsalted
1/2 cup Organic Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Organic Coconut Sugar (or Organic Dark Brown Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste (or Madagascar Vanilla Extract)
2 Tablespoons Water

Preheat oven to 325. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment. In large mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients. Lightly mix. Combine wet ingredients in small saucepan and warm over low until just smooth. Quickly pour over dry mixture and toss to coat. Spread evenly over 2 pans. Bake 25-40 min, Stirring a few times while baking. Let cool completely. Should last if stored tightly for a month or two!

Keep some and be sure to SHARE with a friend!

Gorgeous Healthy Homemade Granola

This made a bit more….I can’t lie.  The kids and I could barely keep away from this stuff when it came hot out of the oven.  The chocolate was ooey gooey deliciousness all rolled up in this nutty crispy crunchy bites.  Holy wow.  I don’t even know what to say.  And your house will smell absolutely delightfully divine!  I know this because my hubby didn’t get home until like midnight and scoured the kitchen looking for whatever I had been baking.  Unfortunately for him, it was bottled up in 3 mason jars and packaged away for his birthday surprise.  whoops!  Surprise!!!

Instant Granola Gratification!

Instant Granola Gratification!

Tips:

  • You can totally change this up with different nuts.
  • Be sure to use UNSALTED whenever possible, that way YOU can control the amount of salt!
  • You could use Almonds and Almond Butter for an awesome twist!
  • Add dried fruit, cherries, mango, golden raisins for a sweet addition.
  • Substitue seeds or use what you have!  If you leave something out or add another, it won’t matter!

I hope you enjoy this as much as we have!!!

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Kari

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