Friday, 18 January 2019

Quinoa Salad


I haven't always been a fan of quinoa but I have slowly started to appreciate it more recently. I often make it for my kids to take for lunches. It keeps well and does not need to be heated. Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain and is considered complete protein. This salad also has mung beans which are part of the legume family. You can get them dried either whole or split. I used whole in this recipe. Interestingly they are also the sprouts you see in sandwiches or on salads. I found them in the bulk section of the grocery store. Bulgur wheat is added to the quinoa as well. It is a whole wheat grain that has been cracked and partially pre-cooked, most commonly used in tabbouleh salad. There is cucumber, parsley, red pepper and tomatoes in this salad. The salad is spiced with cumin, salt and pepper and dressed lightly with a vinaigrette. My favourite vinaigrette is "Three Diamond Dressing'. I find this dressing at Safeway in the produce section but any vinaigrette will work. this recipe makes a good size salad but it also keeps for several days in the fridge. I make it on Sunday and keep it in the fridge all week. It is great for luches, snacks and as a side salad.  I hope you enjoy this salad as much as my family does. 

Quinoa Salad



1 ¼ Cup uncooked quinoa

½ Cup dried bulgur wheat

½ Cup dried mung beans

1 ½ cups chicken broth

1 clove of garlic, peeled

2 Cups diced cucumber

1 red pepper, diced

1 Cup chopped parsley

1 Cup diced tomato

2 Tablespoons cumin

Salt and pepper to taste

½ Cup of your favourite store bought vinaigrette

Siracha to taste (optional)





Directions:

Quinoa

In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil

Stir in 1 ¼ cups quinoa

Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes

Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes.

Fluff with fork.

Put cooked quinoa in a large bowl

Mung Beans

Rinse the mung beans well

Place beans,garlic clove and chicken stock into a saucepan

Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium low and cook until tender, about 20-25 minutes.

Strain the beans once cooked and add to the bowl of quinoa. Discard the clove of garlic.


Bulgur Wheat

Bring one cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan.

Pour in the bulgur. Remove pan from heat. Cover with lid.

Allow to sit for 30 minutes. Drain the bulgur through a strainer.

Fluff with a fork. Add to the quinoa.


Salad Preparation:

Add the tomatoes, cucumbers, red pepper,parsley, cumin, salt and pepper to the quinoa bowl.

Stir the mixture. Add dressing and hot sauce.

Taste the salad and add more salt and pepper if needed.

This salad keeps several days in the fridge. 

Print Recipe:Quinoa Salad

These are the mung beans

Add mung beans to chicken both with a clove of garlic. cook until tender.

Strain.

Prepare the bulgur wheat

Strain the wheat once cooked. Fluff.

Cook the quinoa, fluff.

In a large bowl add cooked quinoa,mung beans,bulgur, vegetables, seasonings and dressing. Hot sauce is optional but it adds a nice kick.

This is my favourite vinaigrette. It is made in \Osoyoos.





Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Roasted Root Vegetable Salad

This is a tasty and hearty salad to make in the winter when there are plenty of root vegetables available. Roasting them caramelizes the natural sugars, creating deep, rich flavours that makes them absolutely delicious. I am not a fan of turnips so I omitted them. Sometimes I use a store bought vinaigrette but do try the homemade version. The beets are cooked separately so they do not bleed all over the other vegetables. The  butternut squash does not take as long to cook compared to the carrots and parsnips so they are cooked separately as well. Line your pans with tin foil for easy clean up.
My family loves this salad and it is another way to get them to eat more vegetables.


Friday, 11 January 2019

Red River Cereal Bread


This bread contains Red River Cereal, which contains cracked wheat, rye and flax. In addition to the cereal there is also pumpkin and sunflower seeds. The Red River Cereal is first cooked and then added to the other ingredients. This recipe makes three loaves. This bread freezes well.\


Sunday, 6 January 2019

Quiche




This is my favourite quiche recipe. I have been making it for years. I usually make it after I bake a ham and have leftovers. You can use ham or cooked bacon, either way is good. I use cheddar cheese usually but you can use Swiss as well. The top picture is a quiche made with ham and sauteed red onions. The lower picture I used bacon and green onions. Use whatever you have on hand is the beauty of this recipe. This recipe makes two quiche. Quiche freeze well.


Thursday, 3 January 2019

Turkey Pot Pie




I have been wanting to post this recipe for quite a few years now but I never seem to remember to take a picture of the final product out of the oven. Trust me a picture cannot convey how delicious this pie really is. To me, nothing says "comfort food" more than a turkey pot pie. It is the perfect meal all wrapped in delicious pastry. These little pies are truly a labour of love, but so worth it. They are great make-ahead meals for days when you do not have time to cook. Just reach into the freezer and bake, it is that easy. Unlike store bought pies, your family will love these. The taste, texture and aroma is so inviting, you will never buy a store bought pie again. I typically make these pies when I have leftover turkey but I don't wait for Christmas or Thanksgiving. I will pick up a turkey when they are on sale and store it away in my freezer until I know I have time to make the pies. I love to bring these pies camping as they are so easy to bake and serve. I always make individual pies in little round or aluminum pie tins but you can make larger sized pies as well. I like to break this project up. The day before I make the turkey mixture and the following day I make the pastry and then the pies. Sometimes I don't have the exact amount of turkey and so I will add more vegetables, if that is the case, the important point to remember is the consistency of the sauce, not too watery or too thick. So use your judgement and add a little more broth to thin the sauce if it seems too thick. More often that not, I don't have any gravy leftover but if I do it is usually less than a cup. In that case I still add the 2 cans of cream of chicken soup plus the gravy. What I am trying to say,  is concern yourself more with the consistency of the sauce rather than exact quantities.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Broccoli-Cauliflower Casserole

This is a scrumptious vegetable casserole that is from "The Pioneer Woman".  It  goes great with turkey or ham. My family loves this creamy cheesy and most of all tasty dish!


Sunday, 11 November 2018

Easy Pasta Penne with Creamy Vodka Sauce and Chicken



My daughter Brooke absolutely loves pasta with creamy rose sauce and I made it my mission to find one that she loves. This recipe originated from The Pioneer Woman. I added chicken as my family likes a little protein at suppertime. If you don't want to add vodka to the sauce you can substitute with chicken broth. I like this recipe because it makes a good quantity of sauce so when you reheat the leftovers it is still saucy and not dry. Omit the chicken if you like as it is tasty ether way.