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Quinoa, Salads, and Green Monsters, Oh My!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Thank you so much for the recipes you’ve shared! I have been searching through Spark Recipes recipes.sparkpeople.com/
as well. While I’m still feeling the desire to stick to the foods I know I love, I have tried a few new meals.

Actually the first is a meal I’ve tried before. My blog on Sante Fe Quinoa: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa

But I wanted to make it with the changes I had talked about. And let me tell you, the changes made an okay recipe AMAZING!

I cooked the quinoa by itself before adding the other ingredients. On top of the quinoa I dumped the olive oil, salsa, black beans, red and green bell pepper, cumin, and green onion.

Mixed up all together the taste was out of this world. I’m so glad I added the salsa AFTER cooking this time and scrapped the corn altogether. The bell pepper gives it not only a better flavor, but an awesome texture.

I ate about a fourth of it with a big salad on the side.

Oh! Speaking of salad, I have been making the best lately. I used to think it was crazy when people said they had a salad for lunch. I’d think, “What do you mean a salad? That’s it???” I mean, I don’t eat meat so I didn’t think a salad could be filling. But, it is actually so simple I don’t know why I had never tried it.

Technically I guess I have, since that’s what I always get at Sweet Tomatoes. Then again, I usually have something on the side there as well.

So the first one I tried had black beans, sunflower seeds, egg whites and cheese for fat and protein.

With my homemade ranch dressing and green onions on top.

The only part I didn’t like was the cheese. The flavor got totally lost in there! I don’t like the typical cheeses people throw in salads, so I have just been leaving it out.

The next time I made one it had egg whites, black beans, sunflower seeds and sliced almonds.

It was pretty tasty as well. Although, I have to admit, I have been lazy lately. I haven’t taken the time to hard boil any eggs to add. So I have just been using black beans for the protein source. Although I did add avocado instead of the almonds and while the flavor isn’t much to me, I do like spreading out my source of fats. The thing with avocado is that it just doesn’t taste like anything to me. The texture is a fantastic addition to my salad though, so I’m liking it!

I’m actually imagining avocado, hummus, and red bell pepper on a sandwich. I haven’t tried it yet, but I keep thinking about it!

I did realize that I am still me, so I can’t just eat one big bowl of salad and be satisfied. I must have SOMETHING on the side. So I did what I do at Sweet Tomatoes and had veggies on the side.

With a bit more of my homemade ranch dressing to dip them into. Yum!

I have still been having a green monster pretty much daily, but I haven’t been having different variations. Again, I have been sticking to just the same recipe again and again. Hey, I know I like it! I did make one change though that was definitely, DEFINITELY, definitely for the better.

Dark. Chocolate. Peanut. Butter.

If you have never had chocolate with a nut butter before you are missing out!

I threw all of this in my magic bullet.

And made the best tasting green smoothie to date! I have been adding it every single time now! I sometimes throw the chocolate Amazing Meal in there too.

Talk about the best cure for a chocolate craving!

Ok, that is totally what I'm going to have as soon as I get back from the gym. It is decided! Yummmmm.

That is all I have for now! But I have to ask, have you ever had a green smoothie? Have I convinced you to try it?

What is your favorite smoothie recipe, green or otherwise?
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Amber: Can you post your homemade Ranch Dressing recipe? Sounds so good. Hope I'm not pestering you too much. But I love the pics and recipes. I just now am starting to take a few pics of my creations. Mostly soups and stews so far, but it's fun. Maybe I'll actually get around to posting a few.
    2437 days ago
    Have you seen Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa powder! Hint, use less than the tbsp they suggest.

    And, I just saw your broccoli slaw piece, will try it as a taco. I use it all the time, on pork or chicken sammies this past week.
    2659 days ago
    MMM that salad looks tasty.
    2679 days ago
    You are a phenomenally great "healthy food" cook, Amber! The salads are all to die for...and don't you love sunflower seeds in a salad? I always have them on hand! I've never tried quinoa...and I've never had a green smoothie. But they are definitely going on my "to-do" list! Well DONE!! - Sandi emoticon
    2683 days ago
    2683 days ago
    Wow thanks for the tweak on the quinoa dish! I will have to try that. Happy Monday!
    2683 days ago
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