Breakfast Quinoa

 This is an alternative to oatmeal, whole grain, protein filled meal that will keep you satiated until lunch time. Its extremely versatile and could be mixed with a variety of mix ins- I used seasonal berries for this batch, but I love to add dried fruit, hemp seeds, chia seeds, bananas, pumpkin etc. 

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Healthy Spanish Quinoa

Meal planning is key in our house- it saves us money and not to mention time during the busy week when I don’t have to think about what is for dinner. Every now and then, my meal planning falls a bit short and I forget something. This recipe came from one of those mistakes.

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Week in Review & Friday Favorites 4.1.16

I can’t believe it is April already, this year is blowing by…and here we are with another edition of Week in Review with some Friday Favorites sprinkled in!

Saturday- We spent the day at Blessington Farms playing at Farm Funland, petting the animals, and even participated in an Egg Hunt. We had visited Blessington Farms once before to pick strawberries, but didn’t get to go to Farm Funland. It was a great way to spend the afternoon, and we left with some tired kiddos!

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Meatless Monday – Quinoa Fried Rice

The recent World Health Organization report about the carcinogenic effects of processed meats puts them in the same category as cigarettes- a pretty bold statement! There has long been a correlation with red meat and processed meats and colon cancer, but this new report directly classifies processed meat as carcinogenic as there is significant evidence that consumption causes colorectal cancer (1). How much is too much? According to the report,  “each 50 gram portion of processed meat eaten daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%” (1). 50 grams may seem like a lot, though it converts to ~0.1 pound- equivalent to a couple of thinly sliced pieces of deli meat. The next question commonly asked, what is considered processed meat? Processed meat includes all meat that has been cured, smoked, salted or processed in any way- think hot dogs, sausage, beef jerky, ham, pepperoni etc.

For me, this report was a serious wake up call. My diet needs some improvement. Sure, I try to eat healthy most of the time, though I realized I do eat my fair share of processed meats. Wasn’t that chicken sausage and organic black forest ham healthy? Err….not so much.

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Quinoa Greek Salad

My husband and I were traveling earlier this month {more to come on this in the next few weeks}, and it has been a struggle for me to get back in a routine of meal planning and cooking at home. I admit I got too comfortable with meals being planned and prepared for us, and the reality of being back home took a while to set in. With that said, I have been incorporating easy recipes into my meal plan the past two weeks to ease my way back into the kitchen. And, as an added bonus, I have been using recipes that we can eat off of for multiple meals. This quinoa greek salad recipe met all of my requirements, and the taste exceeded my expectations! Better yet, my husband loved it. It’s a win all- around!

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