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Quinoa Salad with Corn and Black Beans

June 1st, 2010 by Jean Gleason

Quinoa has a great texture, nutty flavor, and unlike most grains, is high in protein. Also, it is fat burning and heart healthy. So, make a little extra than the recipe calls for and throw some in whatever you are making. Soup, salad, tacos, smoothie. Whatever.

This is one of my favorite summertime sides. The secret is in preparing the quinoa. Make sure to soak it, so that it’s not bitter, and don’t overcook it so that it’s not mushy. It’s a great salad to bring along to a friends BBQ—the perfect complement to ribs, and also goes well with chicken and burgers. And like I said before, its good for you!

 
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Ingredients
  • 1½ cups dry quinoa
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 2 cups black beans
  • 1 cup sweet corn
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers
  • Dressing:
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons organic ground cumin
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped parsley
  • 1½ teaspoons fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon organic ground black pepper

Directions
  1. Soak quinoa in cold water for 10 minutes. Scrub the grains together between your hands to remove the bitter coating.
  2. Strain and rinse through a fine sieve.
  3. Bring quinoa to a boil in 3 cups of water.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool.
  6. Add red onion, black beans, corn and red peppers to quinoa.
  7. Combine the dressing ingredients and pour over the rest of salad ingredients. Stir until well blended.
  8. Chill and serve!

 

More Garlic Bread!

May 25th, 2010 by Lynn Hollenbeck

Kids are notoriously finicky, and if you have friends with children coming for dinner, even mac & cheese isn’t a sure fire hit. You may have used penne when the kid only eats elbows, or ruined it for a cheddar cheese purist by adding Parmesan. But I’ve discovered that warm garlic bread is universally met with enthusiasm. The only possible error is not making enough. With your basic  spices on hand, it’s a fast and easy crowd-pleaser.

 
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Ingredients
  • big loaf of ciabatta, or baguette if you prefer
  • butter
  • good quality olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons organic garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons organic parsley
  • couple cloves of fresh garlic (optional; tastes delicious without as well)

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° .
  2. Slice bread horizontally, almost all the way through, and open flat.
  3. Microwave butter and olive oil in Pyrex cup or bowl until butter is melted.
  4. Brush butter/olive oil mixture on inside of loaf.
  5. Sprinkle parsley flakes and garlic powder.
  6. Warm in oven until slightly crusty and golden.
  7. Slice bread in vertical sections and place in basket.

 

Tasty Grilled Pork Chops

May 4th, 2010 by Jean Gleason

Simple, easy and sooo tasty!

Tasty Grilled Pork Chops
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 2

Ingredients
  • 2 pork chops
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons organic Rosemary·Garlic Rub

Directions
  1. Whisk the mustard, vinegar, and oil together.
  2. Rub oil mixture onto surface of the pork chops.
  3. Sprinkle both sides of the chops with rosemary garlic blend.
  4. Grill over medium heat until done.

 

Grilled Spiced Chicken

March 24th, 2010 by Jean Gleason

We eat a lot of chicken, so I am always looking for a way to mix it up a little bit. This is easy to make, but has an exotic taste, like you spent a lot of time in the kitchen. In testing our new spice blends, we made this recipe twice. First with Garam Masala, then with Chinese 5 Spice Powder. In our kitchen the Garam Masala version won hands down, however, if you are a fan of anise, you may prefer the Chinese 5 Spice version.

If you plan ahead and marinate the chicken overnight, the flavors are richer and the chicken is more moist.

 
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  1. Directions
  2. Make a marinade by whisking together the mustard, vinegar, olive oil and spices.
  3. Pound the chicken breasts to ½ inch thick and even in height.
  4. Marinate the chicken breasts overnight in a plastic bag.
  5. Grill chicken over medium heat until done.

 

Grilled Chicken with Herbes Provencal

March 22nd, 2010 by Jean Gleason

While the contractors continued to rip apart our condo, we escaped the dust and rubble and spent three days in the mountains. Thursday was sunny and hot (I got a sunburn). The weather turned manic on Friday, dropped 30 degrees, and pummeled us with a spectacular spring storm, dropping more than a foot of snow in less than 12 hours. Saturday, the sun returned to reflect off the snow laden branches. A spectacular first day of spring!

We returned to Denver on Sunday to find the circuit breaker thrown on our refrigerator and freezer. Everything inside was a bacterial cesspool and had to be tossed in the dumpster. Our stove has been disconnected, so we are now without a cook top and oven for the next few weeks.

After an arduous trip to the grocery store to replace all of our chilled staples, we threw together a tasty meal, worthy of the first day of spring, grilled chicken with Herbes Provencal and spinach salad with grapefruit and walnuts.

Grilled Chicken with Herbes Provencal
 
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: French
Serves: 2-4

Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon organic Herbes Provencal

Directions
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  2. Whisk together the mustard, vinegar, olive oil, and Herbes Provencal to make marinade.
  3. For best results, marinate chicken in plastic bag overnight—it will be exceptionally tender. If you are in a pinch, let the chicken sit for at least 30 minutes .
  4. Grill over medium heat until done.