Sunday, August 19, 2012

Tastes like a Garden

I hate jarred pasta sauces. The only one that comes close to edible in my opinion is the Organic Classico. I prefer to make my own. Super easy and super good for you! I get these ingredients from my garden so that it is particularly fresh.

2 zucchini
4 large tomatoes or 1 pint of little tomatoes or equivalent (I have used 1 can diced tomatoes)
1 green bell pepper
1 red bell pepper
oregano, basil, thyme, rosemary, garlic, pepper, and olive oil to taste ( I use about 20 leaves of oregano, 20 leaves of thyme, 20 leaves of rosemary, and 20 leaves of basil) 1 tbspn minced garlic, 1 tspn pepper, and 1/4 cup of olive oil).
I often add spinach and other veggies to this as well.

Put in blender or food processor and blend! I have a vitamix, so I blend on variable 10 for about 20 seconds.

I typically use this with the Barilla Plus Spaghetti (cooked), put in pan, mix in sauce, add cheese as desired and bake on 375 for about 15-20 min.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Stir Fried Quinoa

Nom... nom... nom. I love this one. It makes me happy in the inside and it is super healthy!
Quinoa is a protein packed seed that has the nutrition of a multi-vitamin and that is high in protein.
You can find it usually in the rice and beans section of your store.

The best part of quinoa is that you can cook it in a rice cooker! It is about 1 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of water. Since I cook for the entire week's lunch, I do 2 cups quinoa and 3.5 cups water (that is all my cooker can fit)  in my rice cooker. In about 45 min it is done.

You can use whatever veggies you want, but this is what was in my fridge this week.

Saute 5 carrots, garlic and pepper to taste, and a bunch of green onions (the white and green parts) for about 5 min.
Add 1/2 a cauliflower and a bunch of broccoli to the mix and saute about 5 more min.
Add 4 large handfuls of swiss chard and a bell pepper and cook about 5 min.
Add in the cooked quinoa, 5 tbspns of Low sodium Soy Sauce, and 5 tbspns of Sesame Seed Oil.
Add in 4 tbspn of butter (of Olive Oil to keep vegan)

You can obviously make less, but like I said I cook our lunch for the week so I make 10 servings of this stuff at a time. Hubby, Baby Joy, and I love this! It is also a crowd pleaser.

Say Yum !