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Quinoa soufflé

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Quinoa gratin with chicken – my lunch.

 

I am trying to warm up to quinoa (with little success, so far). I got this recipe from the President’s Choice mobile app and used a bit less cheese than recommended. The recipe is fairly simple, and since the link is above, I won’t summarize it here. Suffice it to say you need quinoa, leeks, bell peppers, eggs and some cheese.

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Tonight’s dinner: nachos with home made salsa

20121105-174856.jpgIt’s been really difficult to update the blog lately. Way too much work, no time to sit down and write. Such is life… But tonight’s different and we’re having nachos with home made salsa and sour cream.

There’s not much to share, really. You need some really good tortilla chips – I like the organic (i.e, expensive…) ones from the organic aisle in Superstore. You’ll also need Mozzarella cheese – I buy the cheap, no name bar from Superstore. You’ll need sour cream, and the ingredients for the salsa: tomatoes, bell pepper, avocado, green onion, salt, pepper, fresh or dried cilantro, lemon.

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Roasted beets, potatoes and red pepper

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Oven-ready veggies.

Another easy to make side dish: peel, cut, throw into the oven and eat. It takes 10 minutes to prepare the veggies and around 45 minutes to bake in the oven. You can add pretty much whatever veggies are in season and you can play with the herbs. For extra flavor, add Feta cheese (here’s another version of this recipe).

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Quinoa salad – President’s Choice recipe

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Quinoa salad.

I am not a big fan of quinoa, but I give it a try every now and then. It’s relatively easy to make and I like the cumin scented veggies. President’s Choice quinoa boxes come with the full recipe – worth giving it a try when you feel like eating healthy (and you ran out of ideas). I am not going to reproduce the recipe here since it’s photographed below.

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Chicken thigh skewers

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Chicken skewers with red onion, bell pepper and tomatoes.

First thing to know about this recipe: you can (almost) never go wrong with it. Second, it takes 10 minutes to prep everything and 45 minutes to cook. Third: it is really good!

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Mushroom bruschetta

Dinner is probably the most difficult time of the day for us: we usually don’t eat a cooked meal, but go for sushi, salads or other appetizers. Bruschetta is probably one of the favorites – especially since we discovered the small ciabatta breads at Superstore.
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Beans and Bell Peppers

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Colorful bell peppers.

Got some green beans and don’t know what to do with them? How about a colorful, sweet-and-salty side dish to go with your chicken, fish, beef or pork?

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Ravioli with veggies

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My colorful dinner.

I am not a big fan of pasta for a variety of reasons, but I ran out of ideas for a quick dinner and grabbed a pack of Ziggy’s spinach and cheese ravioli from Superstore (around 230 calories per serving). The outcome? Ravioli with veggies!
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Quiche

If you already have the crust, making a quiche is a piece of cake. You can either buy a pie shell or you can make your own pastry (pretty easy, just follow the instructions on any lard package) and freeze it. In the end, if you’re not too fussy about it, you can just make the quiche without the crust.

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Appetizers on my plate

Appetizers2Here’s a plate of appetizers we had about a week ago. Nothing fancy, just:

  • Tomatoes (pesticide free, Farmers’ market)
  • Cucumbers (pesticide free, Farmers’ market, $3/ bag)
  • Feta cheese (best feta cheese in town, called the Macedonian feta, in a huge yellow bucket from Kalamata, $30/3kg)
  • Kalamata olives (Superstore, bulk foods)
  • Hummus (Superstore, deli section – not impressed, if you have a chance get the canned one from the ethnic food section and mix with smashed garlic, olive oil, paprika, salt, pepper, lemon juice and parsley).
  • Roasted peppers dip (Kalamata, $6)
  • Red peppers (Superstore)
  • Mortadella with Caciocavallo and Grapes (Lina’s Market)
  • Hot Pastrami with Small Bocconcini and Tomatoes (Lina’s Market)

Cold Cut Appetizers on Foodista

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