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I've Created a Monster

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I was experimenting in the my laboratory [oops I mean kitchen] last night. Something sinister was a cooking...Muahahahahahahaha [cue the lightning bolt and the clap of thunder]. The DH has the look of terror on his face when I unveiled my latest creation.... Quinoa.

This was the first time I've ever tried it, not bad but I didn't care for the garlic flavor, it was too overpowering. I'm all about trying something new, at least once. DH ate a couple bites but he wasn't crazy about it. Next time I will flavor it myself and throw in some onions and veggies. I'm gonna keep experimenting with quinoa til I get it right.

Ground chicken patties with grilled pineapples turned out fabulous. I mixed ground chicken with garlic, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs, 1 egg and a tad of shredded parmesan cheese and grilled to perfrection, topped with grilled pineapples, served with a side of sweet and sour sauce and the leftover squash I had cooked the night before. Can you tell I LOVE TO EAT? It is so nice knowing I can have a plate of healthy food and be full and satisfied...
Satisfied in knowing I ate healthy and that I'm finding the joy of cooking. [Did I really just say that?]

This morning I decided to make my morning protein shake "GREEN". I've heard if you add spinach to a smoothie you can't taste it, well it's taken me about 2 months to work up the nerve to try this and... you CAN'T taste the spinach, unbelievable. It was pineapple vanilla flavored, but it was green, that kinda played tricks on my mind, almost thought I was drinking something lime by looking at it. So getting used to the color green is gonna take some work. Don't know what the health benefits of adding spinach to your smoothie are because 1/4 cup is only 2 calories and no other nutrition values that I could find. But that is all the rave now... Green Smoothies - I'm gonna call it a "Shrek-Shake".

Guess I've turned green, muahahahahaha.

Happy day to all.
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  • SHARON10002
    Tried quinoa and don't care for it. I'll stick to brown and wild rice. . .
    Loved this blog, too! Haven't tried spinach in a smoothie as yet. Maybe I'll buy some fruit this weekend and give it a whirl (no pun intended).
    2163 days ago
    I tried and tried quinoa and I've decided no matter what i do I just don't like it much :( Now spinach in a smoothie is fad!!! but you do need to add more for any real benefits, promise you will not taste a thing. if the color is a problem buy a stainless steal cup keeps it cool longer ps make sure it has a hole for your straw. rocking the kitchen you go girl
    2167 days ago
  • SAMI199
    *Nose Scrunch* I tried it & I didn't like it... emoticon

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    2167 days ago
    I cook Quinoa from time to time for an alternative to rice. I like to serve it with stir frys; sometimes even combine the two. I love to cook so I'm glad you are having fun experimenting in the kitchen! emoticon
    2168 days ago
    I put mine in an opaque glass and use a straw...try not to think about the color. Especially if it has spinach and blueberries in it...
    2168 days ago
    Glad you tried the spinach in your smoothie. I add 2 cups of spinach to mine and still can't taste it!

    2168 days ago
    I wish I could be as happy as you. It's a new goal of mine. emoticon
    2168 days ago
  • JLITT62
    You're becoming a mad scientist! You're right, 1/4 cup won't do much for you . . . but you can add a lot more & greens are great for you - actually have a fair amount of protein.
    2168 days ago
    2168 days ago
    I love quinoa...the garlic sounds fab to me!! Dinner sounds great :-)
    Yay for spinach!!
    2168 days ago
    I make the Quinoa with fat free broth instead of water and usually eat it as a replacement for rice. It's really good if you make the crock pot chicken salsa (my favorite spark recipe) and serve it over the quinoa. A power packed meal for sure!!

    2168 days ago
    They have it flavored? I guess I need to leave my small little town more often as I'm just happy they have plan in stock . I like it mixed with other salad things with a light vinegar/ little olive oil kind of thing. Last week I had some quinoa salad from the cosco deli that was very good. Keep trying new things you never know what you might be missing. emoticon
    2168 days ago
    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha - You crack me up.
    I bought Quinoa about 2 months ago and have been contemplating how I am going to make it. I can't wait to try it. Mine is just plain but am thinking like you- Add some veggies and maybe a little seasoning. We shall see.
    That smoothie looks great. I can't wait to make mine tomorrow. I love it - Shrek-Shake. Hee Hee.
    Glad you finally tried it with the spinach.
    2168 days ago
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