What’s for dinner tonight?

September 15, 2011 at 11:56 pm 1 comment

I decided to try something different for dinner , QUINOA. Pronounced keen-wah, which is a grain that originated from the ancient Incas. It remains a staple in South America, as it contains more protein than most other grains. It has a delicate flavor that makes it a great alternative to rice or couscous, and can be added to vegetables or incorporated in a main dish. It can also be used in soups, salads, breads, and as a breakfast cereal.

I could not find quinoa at Meijer, so I went to Trader Joe’s or you can find it at Whole Foods/Health Food stores.

BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

(Servings 6-8)

  • 1 cup Cooked Quinoa (cooked According To Package Instructions)
  • ½ cups Corn
  • ½ cups Black Beans, Rinsed And Drained
  • 1 cup Shredded, Cooked Chicken
  • 1 whole Avocado, Peeled, Pitted And Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
  • 4 Tablespoons BBQ Sauce
  • 2 whole Scallions, Diced (omitted)
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Cilantro, Optional, For Garnish

Instructions

In a large bowl, toss together the quinoa, corn, black beans, chicken and avocado. Season with salt and pepper. Top with shredded cheese, BBQ sauce, scallions and cilantro.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

(Recipe adapted from Tasty Kitchen)

And after……….

Low Fat Oatmeal Banana Bread

Ingredients

(Makes 1 loaf )

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp  salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tsp canola or walnut  oil
  •  1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 medium egg whites, beaten
  • 3 large bananas, ripe
  • 1 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Grease and flour a loaf pan and set aside. In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients including the oats and cinnamon.

In a smaller bowl, mash bananas with a potato masher or fork. Add oil, whole egg, chocolate chips and mix thoroughly.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well.  Batter will be fairly thick.

In a medium sized bowl, with an electric hand mixer, beat the egg whites until medium stiff peaks form.  Fold the egg whites into the batter in three additions.

Pour batter into pan and bake until top of loaf is firm to touch, 45 to 50 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes. Flip out and cool on a wire rack for another 10 minutes. Slice loaf into 10 equally sized slices.

(Recipe from Joy the Baker, originally from Weight Watchers site)

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Rachel Gould  |  September 25, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Erica,

    The blog looks great! You have been a busy cooking bee. Once we have a kitchen in working order, I will have to try some of your recipes. Great job with the menu for the wedding shower and the house warming party/Bday for Roy. Your condo looks great.

    Miss you

    Reply

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