Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Quinoa Quiche

I love Trader Joes! I found this Recipe from their Website and just had to share...it looks mhmm good..and healthy! I hope you try...and enjoy:)

Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, is a hearty grain light enough for Indian Summer meals. Pick up a box of Trader Joe’s Organic Quinoa and try some of these wonderful recipes for an interesting alternative to rice and couscous.

Quinoa comes from the Andes Mountains of South America and was one of the three staple foods of the Incas (along with corn and potatoes.) It was known as the “mother grain” and is indeed a healthy and delicious grain, now called by some as the “supergrain of the future.” Quinoa contains more protein than any other grain, between 12% and 20%, which is higher than even wheat. It is also good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. It is quite easy to prepare and cooks to a light and fluffy texture with a bit of crunch. It can be used in salads, sides as well as desserts, and cooks in just 15 minutes.

Spinach Quinoa Quiche

From The Unofficial Guide to Trader Joe's

• 2 cups Trader Joe’s Organic Quinoa, cooked

• 1 cup Trader Joe’s Comté cheese, grated

• 1/4 Cup of Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Red Peppers

• 1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Spinach Dip

• 3 tbsp Basil Pesto

• 4 eggs, beaten

• 1/2 cup milk

• salt and pepper to taste

1. In a small bowl, mix the cooked quinoa, pesto and 1/2 cup of the Comté.

2. Press into the bottom and along the sides of a 9” pie plate to form a “crust”.

3. Place in a 350°F oven for 15 minutes to set the crust.

4. Remove and set aside.

5. In a small bowl, add the eggs, milk, spinach dip, fire roasted red peppers and salt and pepper.

6. Mix all ingredients well and pour into the prepared crust.

7. Place the Quiche into the oven for 45 minutes.

8. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of Comté to top of quiche and return to oven for another 20 minutes. Place a knife into center of quiche, then remove it. If the knife is clean the quiche is done!

9. Let it sit for 10 minutes before cutting it into slices.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Healthy Pancakes

HI guys!
The Journey to health sometimes takes some creativity..Here is a good recipe courtesy of my friend Jenny:)

Soy Flour Pancakes with Vanilla Fage Frosting

(serves 2)

For Pancakes, gather:

■1 Egg

■1 Banana

■1 tsp Vanilla Extract

■1/4 cup Soy Flour

■1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder; we like MGN Vanilla

■2 tsp Baking Powder

■Cinnamon to taste

■Pinch of sea salt

Add banana, egg, and vanilla to blender and process until liquid. Add remaining ingredients and process until smooth.

Heat a griddle or non stick skillet over low/medium heat and grease with coconut oil (or non stick spray). When pan is hot, add batter in 1/4 cup dollops and cook until bubbles form and pop on the top side; flip and cook the other side. Top with Vanilla Fage Frosting, almonds, and cinnamon if desired.

For Frosting, gather:

■1/2 scoop MGN Vanilla Whey Protein Powder

■3 ounces Fage 0% Plain Greek Yogurt

Combine protein powder and yogurt in a small bowl, stir until smooth.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Fool me once..

I've had this "relationship" with an emotionally unavailable man for about 9 months now.  It came to an end when he deleted me as his facebook friend after a misunderstanding. I say "relationship" very lightly, because in reality relationships take two, and in reality, I was the one doing all the giving. Now that things are ended, I am able to look back with perspective.

I think I choose these types of broken men, to be in relationships with because: 1) I think I am going to be that ONE person that helps them, that brings them up from the pit, that "saves" them 2) For so long I think I have thought I have been undeserving of someone good. 

I think the type of men I have gone after has been completely wrong. I have had a distorted sense of the guy that has been best for me. I choose these guys that are very smooth with their words, mysterious, unpredictable, sensitive, almost poetic. But in reality these guys turn out to be unpredictable, undependable, unreliable, aloof, and ultimately not there for me when I need them.  This isn't what I want.

Ultimately I want a guy who is ready now,who is living his life now and who is pursuing relationships with others, including me. I want a guy who is ready for what life has to offer him and does not run away from it. I want a guy who appreciates me for all that I am, and follows through with his actions and not just his words. I will do for the same for Him.
I have learned the lesson this time, after all those times. I feel wounded deeply. But ultimately I feel really protected, like God is whispering to me, "No, this is not what I have for you,I have something better." For this, I am deeply grateful.

Monday, March 28, 2011


"I speak to God .  I don't really want more time: I just want enough time. Time to breathe deep and time to see real and time to laugh long, time to give You glory and rest deep and sing joy and just enough time in a day not to feel hounded, pressed, driven or wild to get it all done--yesterday. "- Ann Voskamp

Thank's Dana for this book I'm reading, the quote above is something I read this morning. This is kind of where I"m at right now.

I feel like I live in a constant state of tired lately, and I'm not sure of the solution. I feel like all this pressure is coming down  on me and sometimes all I want to do is run away. I wonder how I can make life different, how I can eliminate something? What can I eliminate Where shoudl my priorities be? I know spending time with the Lord helps but I feel like something has got to give? Does anyone read my blog that has any thoughts? Bueller??? Bueller?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Life is good

A poet once wrote: “As a rule, man’s a fool. When it’s hot, he wants it cool. And when it’s cool, he wants it hot. Always wanting what is not.”

Life is good. I have to remind myself of that.
I have a great job.  I get to train and license families to take care of children, then match children and families who I feel like fit together.  It's cool because its an opportunity to change people's lives , both the children and the people who have come to help. This is what I'm here for right now, God has given me a great purpose that I dont' always realize. I like what I do, but its hard, and I need Jesus. I get tired...exhausted actually, and the work is never done. People don't always appreciate what I do, or know the extent of what I do..but thats ok because I'm not doing it for them anyways.

When I want to complain and whine about what I wish I had..I do have to remind myself to take a minute and look at what God is currently DOING. It's a great thing to see christians really get on board with loving kids who have come from real brokenness. It's a great thing to see people changed and see people learn and grow from their experiences with these children.  Life..it's good.

Sunday, February 27, 2011


So when I think about all the things I need to work on lately, sometimes it overwhelms me. The other day, well yesterday, I hit my limit.
I had a work event and I was trying to get everything set up "just so" with the coffee, refreshments, etc.  I had set up everything, stepped back and was like..ahh, ok, perfect with ten minutes to spare.  Well, all of the sudden..BAM, the table leg collapses, and all the coffee pot, etc slides down and flew off the table spreading coffee grounds and coffee and donuts everywhere. I looked at my friend preparing the CPR and looked down and just sighed and said, "you know at another time this might have been funny, but now, it's really not funny". There was not a mop to be found and as I was desperately trying to wipe up everything people came in early for the training:)
 That's how I have felt this week, just like letting out a big sigh and saying oh well. So many times  I have stuck my foot in my mouth, said the wrong thing, sounded selfish, been a bad friend...SIGH! I'm such a work in progress. I've failed at keeping track of all my points, not losing the weight I want to lose, not being the friend I want to be, not being as a productive at work as I want to be, not being ENOUGH for everyone . So many times I feel like I am desperately trying to clean up my stuff only to be left on the floor with a pile of wet coffee stained rags. Bah! Times like these make you want to curl up in the fetal position and start rocking back and forth.  Well if it was all about me, maybe I would. It's a good thing it's not.
Romans 8: 5-10 "the mind set on the flesh is death, the mind set on the spirit is life and peace". I was listening to a sermon today and it was talking about Christ's life being the fulfillment of the law.  I will never be enough, but I don't have to. Christ died to fulfill the law so we would be able to rest and stop scrambling, so we could just be. During times like these I realize how much I need Jesus because my attitude is so easily impacted by the circumstances around me.  I am so often trying to improve myself and be better and get so frustrated when I'm not.  What is all this work for anways?
I'm praying for Joy and Peace in the midst of things not always going my way.