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Scallops with Vegetables and Quinoa

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Here is a great quinoa recipe that I posted for my Natural Remedies For Healthy Living team and decided to share it with all of my sparkfriends. It is delicious and healthy and I hope you will give it a try because it is worth the effort!

"Scallops with Vegetables and Quinoa" from the Eat Clean Diet book by Tosca Reno.

Ingredients:
1 lb scallops (3-4 scallops per person, which is a lot because scallops are hugely filling)
3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
2 cups low sodium vegetable stock (or seafood stock if you can find it)
6 small zucchini
4 similarly sized carrots, trimmed
1 red bell pepper, seeded and de-veined and cut into long strips
3 scallions, trimmed and cut lengthwise into fours
juice and zest of 1 fresh lime, divided
2 Tbsp white sesame seeds
2 tsp roasted sesame oil
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 Tbsp low sodium tamari sauce

Directions:
METHOD FOR SCALLOPS:
1. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in skillet. Add scallps and pan sear over medium heat, 2 minutes per side. Remove from heat.
METHOD FOR QUINOA:
1. Rinse quinoa grains well - this removes the bitter coating so its essential to do this before cooking.
2. Place rinsed grains in saucepan. Add 2 cups vegetable stock. Bring to a boil and reduce. Let simmer, covered, until all liquid has been absorbed.
METHOD FOR VEGETABLES:
1. With a vegetable peeler, peel strips of green zucchini skin. Don't use white center part of zucchini, save that for soup or stew later.
2. Peel strips from the carrots until you have reached the core. Don't use the core, save that for your soup or stew later too.
3.Heat remaining olive oil in skillet. Stir-fry red pepper, scallions, zucchini and carrots in batches.
4. Once all veggies have been stir-fried, season with lime juice, sesame seeds, sesame oil, ground ginger and tamari. Serve with scallops hot over quinoa and garnish with zest.

This makes a great meal for company and is guaranteed to impress. Enjoy!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MEXGAL1 7/2/2014 9:26PM

    Wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing.
Sallie

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1CRAZYDOG 7/2/2014 9:04PM

    LOVE quinoa. Great protein!!!

HUGS and thanks for sharing.

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ACHANSO 7/2/2014 5:45PM

    I loooooove Scallops! Thanks for sharing. :)

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MISSM66 7/2/2014 4:17PM

    I have to try this when I get home emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/2/2014 2:14PM

    That sounds really delicious!!!

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X_MONICA_X 7/2/2014 2:06PM

    This sounds really good! I have never tried Quinoa but if I do, I'll have to try out this recipe.

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Get To Know Your Spark Neighbor!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

I cut and pasted this from a sparkfriend's blog. I thought it would be fun!

Your go to chewing gum flavor… cinnamon

Best time of the year… summer, for warmth and fresh garden foods

If you were a toe nail polish what color would you be…. bronze

Favorite pie.. strawberry rhubarb

First record you ever bought… Billy Joel's 52nd Street album

Current perfume you use.. perfume makes me sick so I don't wear it but I like to wear a bit of Lavender essential oil

Do you have any trophies or awards….outstanding vocalist of the year award and have won numerous singing contests and also won a best newcomer to drama award for the one and only play I was ever in

Worst day of your life… the day my husband was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Thank God he went into complete remission and has been healthy ever since

Do you cuss and swear.. yes, probably more than I should!

Celebrity crush you would get a hall pass for… Viggo Mortenson

What is the new reward if it isn’t food anymore ...new karoake cdg's

What makes you the Zodiac sign you are...cancer, very sensitive and feelings easily hurt

What is your goal weight.... 99 lbs

Do you think you are a giver or a taker… I'm a giver but have done my share of taking as well

Beach house or Mountain cabin...mountain cabin right on a river

If you monogrammed your towels...... KAM

Someone offers you free plastic surgery, what do you do…. tummy tuck

I might be tempted to time travel back to…early 1900's

Nick name in high school...I didn't really have one, at least not one that people called me to my face. I was not popular in high school and went to a different school each year so no one really got to know me well enough to give me a nickname. Later in life I was nicknamed "canary" for my singing abilities

I'd like to see my sparkfriends cut and paste this into their own blogs! Its fun to get to know you!

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/29/2014 9:35PM

    I will try to do this though my answers will not be as interesting as yours.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 6/29/2014 9:03PM

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MISSM66 6/29/2014 7:24PM

    Awesome. emoticon emoticon

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MEXGAL1 6/29/2014 6:35PM

    fun to get to know you even more.
enjoy the rest of your Sunday.
Sallie

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1CRAZYDOG 6/29/2014 4:11PM

    Your go to chewing gum flavor . . . . peppermint or spearmint

Best time of the year . . . . Autumn and Spring.

If you were a toe nail polish what colour would you be . . . . classic fire engine red

Favourite pie . . . . pumpkin pie

First record you ever bought . . . . Abraxis (Carlos Santana!)

Current perfume you use . . . . No scents for me.

Do you have any trophies or awards . . . . no

Worst day of your life . . . . My brother’s funeral February 10, 1982.

Do you cuss and swear . . . . sometimes. Not often.

Celebrity crush you would get a hall pass for . . . . didn’t really have that.

What is the new reward if it isn’t food anymore . . . . Clothes, new work-out equipment.

What makes you the Zodiac sign you are . . . Pisces . . . I do love water!

What is your goal weight . . . . 100 lbs (have maintained for going on 4 yrs.)

Do you think you are a giver or a taker . . . . probably some of both, actually. Maybe heavier on giver.

Beach house or Mountain cabin . . . . beach house

If you monogrammed your towels . . . . BAL

Someone offers you free plastic surgery, what do you do . . . . gratefully decline. I am comfortable w/who I am just as I am.

I might be tempted to time travel back to . . . . 1970’s – it was an awesome time in my life . . . . college, my career ahead of me then establishing myself in my career. Awesome!

Nick name in high school . . . . Shorty – no denying that – at 4 ft. 10.5 in. I AM short! LOL


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_BABE_ 6/29/2014 2:42PM

    I love it...thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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Ten Minute Pears with Orange Ginger Topping

Monday, June 16, 2014

Here is a delicious summer dessert recipe to try when those pears are ripe and ready!

Ten Minute Pears with Orange Ginger Topping

Ingredients:
2 fresh pears, any variety will work
6 oz lowfat vanilla yogurt
3 Tbsp undiluted frozen orange juice concentrate
1/4 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 Tbsp honey

Directions:
1. whisk orange juice concentrate, ginger and honey into yogurt until the honey is well incorporated and the texture is smooth.
2. cut pear into quarters and core. Dice into 1/4" pieces and divide into 2 dessert dishes.
3. spoon the yogurt sauce over the pears and enjoy!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

1CRAZYDOG 6/20/2014 11:44AM

    LOVE pears! Thanks!

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NKING1982 6/17/2014 9:54AM

    Thanks for sharing, sounds good

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MEXGAL1 6/17/2014 9:23AM

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1CRAZYDOG 6/16/2014 10:24PM

    Delish! I love the spiciness of ginger. Thanks!

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LIZZY0223 6/16/2014 9:33PM

    This is on my to make list!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/16/2014 9:08PM

    Sounds delicious!!

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Make your own seasoning blends!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Hi sparkfriends, I want to share a few seasoning blend recipes with you that can save you money and from eating unknown chemicals when you want to spice up your foods.

Beef Seasoning Blend:
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 Tbsp dried savory
1 Tbsp dried thyme
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground black pepper

Poultry Seasoning Blend:
1 Tbsp dried sage
1 Tbsp dried thyme
1 Tbsp dried marjoram or oregano
1 tsp dried tarragon
1/4 tsp ground white pepper

Seafood Seasoning Blend:
2 Tbsp dried dill weed
1 tsp dried dill seed
1 Tbsp dried lemon thyme (or common thyme)
1 tsp dried lemon balm
1 tsp dried lemon peel
1 tsp fennel seeds

Vegetable Seasoning Blend:
2 Tbsp dried mint
1 tsp dried lemon thyme (or common thyme)
1 tsp celery seed

Popcorn Seasoning Blend:
2 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp dried basil
2 tsp salt (optional)
1 tsp garlic powder
5 Tbsp parmesan cheese

Italian Seasoning Blend:
2 Tbsp dried oregano
2 Tbsp dried thyme
1 Tbsp dried basil
2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp garlic powder

These blends will greatly enhance your foods without any preservatives, MSG and other chemicals. Enjoy!

  
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MISSM66 6/9/2014 6:17PM

    Kelly I will have to copy this and keep it in my recipe collection thanks for sharing, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 6/9/2014 5:18PM

    Wow! Thanks! I don't use salt, so spices are my "go to" for flavor.



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NKING1982 6/9/2014 4:50PM

    They all sound good, thanks for sharing

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MEXGAL1 6/9/2014 4:49PM

    wonderful...I am copying and keeping.
have a great evening.
Sallie

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/9/2014 4:30PM

    I love herbal blends like this. So much better than the store ones.

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MCFITZ2 6/9/2014 4:22PM

    Good choices and emoticon .

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GEORGE815 6/9/2014 4:18PM

    Thanks!

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CAROLSMOM1 6/9/2014 4:15PM

    Thank you, Kelly. I just printed off a copy for myself and sent one to my DD.

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33CURLS 6/9/2014 4:10PM

    Thank you for the great tips!!

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Summertime Gazpacho With Fresh Basil And Chives

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Found an awesome recipe in the book "The Herbal Home Companion" by Theresa Loe and wanted to share it with all of you. Its amazing!

Ingredients:
4 large ripe tomatoes or 5 medium tomatoes
2 medium green bell peppers, coarsely chopped
1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
2 large cucumbers, coarsely chopped
1 clove garlic, cut in half
4 Tbsp freshly chopped basil
2 Tbsp freshly chopped chives
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp tabasco sauce (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
extra chopped chives for garnish

Directions:
1. Remove the core on the tomatoes and cut them in half, crosswise. Squeeze out the seeds. You will lose some juice when you do this. Then, coarsely chop the seeded tomatoes.
2. Place the tomatoes in a food processor and process until smooth. Pour the tomato puree into a large bowl.
3. Place the bell pepper and onion in the food processor bowl and process until very smooth. Pour the resulting puree into the bowl with the tomatoes.
4. Place the cucumber, garlic, basil, chives and 1/2 cup of the tomato juice in the food processor bowl and process until very smooth and creamy. Be sure the garlic gets processed too.
5. Pour this mixture into the bowl holding the tomato and bell pepper puree. Add the remaining tomato juice, lemon juice and tabasco sauce. Mix well. If the soup is too thick, add more tomato juice. Add salt and pepper to taste. Use a light hand as the flavors will blend and intensify during the next step.
6. Let the soup sit in the refrigerator for 5 hours to overnight. Then taste and adjust seasonings if needed. Serve chilled and garnish with chopped chives.

Makes approximately 2 quarts

Enjoy!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MORTICIAADDAMS 6/8/2014 3:24PM

    My son loves tomatoes. I have never been able to eat them.

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MEXGAL1 6/8/2014 10:38AM

    Sounds so yummy...I would have to keep the tomatoes out as they are a nightshade....boy do I miss them though and tomato sauce...used to be my favorite food.

thanks for your recommendation to quiet my brain...but can't find that here. and of course don't have the option to order over the internet....not here in Mexico But thank you for the recommendation. Perhaps when I go back to the states I will get some.

Have a terrific Sunday
Sallie

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1CRAZYDOG 6/7/2014 11:05PM

    AWESOME summertime recipe!

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CAROLSMOM1 6/7/2014 10:59PM

    YUMMMMMMM!

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MSGO72 6/7/2014 10:57PM

  Thank you, it sounds great!

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