Posts tagged ‘veggies’

May 29, 2012

Protein Loaded Better Breakfast Bowl

It’s been a while since I have had some time to get creative in the kitchen BUT I’m finally back to cookin’ and gnashin’! I was recently in St. Louis and had a great Korean Bim-Bop inspired breakfast bowl that was absolutely delish! A few weeks after my trip I was craving this Bim-Bop Breakfast, so I decided to get in the kitchen and make my own version. I used cous-cous instead of rice, and improvised with what was available in my kitchen (i LOVE utilizing what’s already at my disposal).

This dish makes for a great week day power breakfast or special weekend brunch.

What you’ll need:

1 cup Whole Wheat Cous Cous

2 Large Organic Eggs

1/2 Shredded Zucchini

1/4 cup Shredded Carrots

2 tbsp Rice Vinegar

1 tbsp Soy Sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Sriracha for garnishing

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Method:

Boil 2 cups water with 2 tbsp olive oil. Remove from heat and add cous cous. Let cous cous sit for 5 minutes.

While waiting for cous cous, heat a small saute pan. Add rice vinegar, soy sauce, zucchini and carrots. Saute’ veg until tender. Set veg mix to side.

In the same pan, cook eggs to over easy (you can also poach the egg for a more rich tasting bowl).

Scoop 3/4 cup cooked cous cous, add over easy eggs, top with veg mix. For some spice, garnish with Sriracha.

Enjoy!

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March 21, 2012

Slow Cooker Bison Chili with Roasted Corn

Even though the weather has been unseasonably warm, I have still been making some hearty meals. This is recipe is full of flavor, keeps you full and freezes well. You may think that using a slow cooker is a only a Winter method of cooking, but it is also great for when it’s warm out (keeps your house cool).

What you’ll need:

For Chili

  • 1 lb ground Bison
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1tsp. cayenne powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1tsp. Agave nectar
  • 1 tsp. Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning
  • kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 can organic pinto beans

For Cornbread

  • 1 package Jiffy corn bread/muffin mix
  • 1/2 cup frozen fire roasted corn
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • muffin tins or a small rectangle dish

Method:

Brown bison in a pan over medium heat. Once bison is cooked, add chopped veggies, browned bison and beans to slow cooker.

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Let veggies, bison and beans cook down for about 30 minutes. Add spices, canned tomatoes, bayleaf and mushrooms. Let cook for 3-5 hours on low.

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Add agave nectar and stir. Turn off slow cooker and let sit for 10 minutes before eating.

Method For Cornbread:

Preheat oven to 400. Beat jiffy mix, egg, milk and roasted corn together until smooth. Pour into baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes.

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Spoon chili into glass bowl, add slice of corn bread and 3 slice of avocado for creaminess. Gnash on!

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November 17, 2011

Some Easy & Balanced Lunch Ideas

When approaching any meal I first like to think of the protein I’m going to use. Whether meat, fish, beans, etc, I like to have that part of the meal planned out before I explore my other options in the fridge. Below are two great options for making a quick lunch or even dinner. You could even pre-make these meals and bring them to work with you. For lunch I usually like to get a big helping of my daily vegetables to give me fuel for the rest of the afternoon. Whether your watching what you’re eating or maintaing a balanced lifestyle, both of these are great options.

Tuna Salad with Veggies:

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 can low-sodium tuna, drained
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp mayo
  • Dill, Onion Powder, Sea Salt, and pepper to taste.
  • A squeeze of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 Cucumber, sliced
  • 1 Sweet Pepper sliced
  • A handful of grape tomatoes
  • A few crackers of your choice (I like pita chips the best)

Method:   In a large bowl combine drained tuna, mustard, mayo, lemon juice and spices. Mix thoroughly. Arrange sliced veggies and tomatoes around tuna and serve. (Yes, It’s THAT easy)

 

 

Salmon Burger with Melted Goat Cheese, and Spinach salad with Orange Honey Vinaigrette:

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup arugula
  • 1 Salmon Burger (a nice quality frozen kind works just fine)
  • 1 Slice Goat Cheese Slices (I use goat cheese, as it digests a little better in your system)
  • 2 tablespoons Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Orange juice, fresh squeezed
  • 1 tablespoon Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Canola oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 dash garlic powder
  • 1 dash cayenne

Method:  In a small bowl combine Cider Vinegar, Orange Juice, Honey, Canola Oil, Dijon, Onion powder, garlic powder and cayenne. Wisk thoroughly and set aside. Heat a small non-stick pan to medium heat, once pan is warm, place salmon burger in pan. Brown on each side for about 3 minutes, place Goat cheese on top and cover to melt. Plate spinach and arugula and add dressing. Toss salad and put any leftover dressing in fridge (for up to a week, the dressing also makes a great marinade). Remove salmon burger from heat and plate. Sit back, relax and enjoy every bite of this energy-filled lunch!

November 16, 2011

Chorizo Pasta Bake

As a Chicagoan, I am naturally a sausage connoisseur. Of course I love having sausage on the bun, but in my cooking I like to take the sausage out of it’s casing to make it a little more versatile for dinner ideas. I originally saw a family friend use chorizo with pasta a few years ago and was hooked. It’s spicy, savory and adds a variety of non-traditional flavors to pasta. This recipe uses lasagna noodles BUT feel free to use any kind of pasta (be sure to pre-cook any other varieties of pasta prior to putting in the oven). This meal is fairly inexpensive and super simple, making it a great week-day meal!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1lb Chorizo Sausage
  • 3-4 Small sweet peppers. roughly chopped
  • 1 Yellow Onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 bunch Fresh Cilantro
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes
  • 1 jar pasta sauce (I like arrabiata to add more heat)
  • 1 Zuchini, sliced
  • 1/2 bag Fresh Spinach
  • 8 Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles
  • 3/4-1 cup Taco shredded cheese (you can substitute with any variety of shredded cheese)
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
Method: 
        In a pan, saute onions and peppers till soft. Add chorizo, stir occasionally and brown. Drain any excess fat out of the pan. Return to heat and add canned tomatoes and 1/2 jar pasta sauce. Simmer for a few minutes and remove from heat. Pre-heat oven to 350. In a large baking dish, spoon chorizo/sauce mixture in bottom of pan, creating a thin layer of sauce. Layer lasagna noodles. Spoon another thin layer of sauce on top of noodles. On top of sauce, layer zuchini, then cilantro, and spinach.

Layer zuchini, cilantro, and then spinach for the veg layer of the bake.

Sprinkle a about 1/4 cup of the cheese on top of veg. Spoon some more sauce over veg layer and top with another layer of noodles. On top of noodles, spoon a moderate amount of sauce, covering the lasagna noodles. Top the dish off with cheese, making sure it covers top.

Yummy bubbly Chorizo Pasta Bake.

  Bake for 20 minutes, or until bubbly and the cheese is melted. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes or so. Cut into squares and serve.

Enjoy!

October 27, 2011

Hearty Curry Squash Soup

 

 

Hearty Curry Squash Soup

As Fall peaks, I can’t help but adjust to the cold weather the best way I know how, eating hearty food. Squash is one of the classic fall ingredients that I can’t seem to stop craving. There are so many varieties, and the options are endless, not to mention the great aesthetic qualities of squash. In the past, butternut squash has been my go to for soups, but with such a great selection of squash out there, I wanted to experiment. This recipe is hearty, spicy, and sweet. I know I’m adding this recipe to my winter staples, and you should too!

What you’ll need:

2 Acorn Squash

1 Delicata Squash

1 sweet onion, chopped

1 yam, chopped

3 carrots, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 box organic low-sodium chicken stalk

2 tbs. butter

1 1/2 tbs. curry powder

1 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tbs. brown sugar

salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Cut squash in half, spoon out seeds, and place facing down in a baking dish in about a 1/2 inch of water. Bake at 385 for about 30-40 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

   

Cooked Squash

While squash is baking, prep all other veggie ingredients. On the stove, heat a large pot with a drizzle of olive oil and butter. Once hot, add all chopped veggies. Let simmer for 20 minutes or so.

Simmerin' Veggies

Once the veggies have cooked down a little, add the chicken stalk, spices and squash meat. Let simmer for 40 minutes to an hour. When it comes to soup, I always like the veggies to simmer for a long period of time, as it seems like the flavor develop best. Once simmered, remove from heat and blend. I use an immersion blender but you could also use a standard blender. Finally, stir in the brown sugar and any extra salt and pepper needed.

Garnish with Cheddar, Salt and Pepper

 AND don’t forget to freeze some of the leftovers for a rainy day!