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.