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Have you ever looked at what is in foods these days? Have you ever wondered why life has gotten so crazy that we all rely on processed "quick" foods and fast foods? Well I have had my eyes opened recently when we started to realize our oldest child could be ADD. I decided to clean up our diets and turn out lives around. I am a woman, married to a wonderful man who supports everything I do. We have 3 wonderful children who keep us on our toes and every day when I pick them up from school the first things out of their mouths is "mommy what's for dinner" so here it is...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What's for dinner 9/22/2010: Chicken & Cheesy Quinoa

Oh yummy...today I marinaded chicken breast in homemade italian dressing all day and we put them on the bbq.  Also in attempts to try something new I made Quinoa (thank you Kristen for the suggestion and box of Trader Joe's organic quinoa).  Here is the recipe I made

  • 1 cup dry, prewashed quinoa grain
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 small cube of chicken bullion (I used beef since that's what I had)
  • a dash of garlic salt
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese (we used cheddar, but any meltable cheese will do)
  • 1 tbsp of margarine or butter
  • a splash of milk if needed
Add the quinoa and water to a medium saucepan. Add the chicken bullion and garlic salt. Bring it to a boil and give it a good stir. Cover the pot with a lid or plate and reduce the heat to low. Allow the quinoa to simmer covered for 15 minutes or until it is soft and the liquid has been absorbed.

Turn of the stove and add the butter and cheese. Stir it until the cheese is melting into the quinoa. If needed add a splash of milk until the quinoa is about the consistency of polenta. I had to add a couple of table spoons. Season with salt and pepper to taste if you’d like.

The verdict: the chicken was tender and super yummy and the quinoa was interesting, when it was warm the kids liked it but when the chicken was ready the quinoa cooled a bit and they didn't like it as much but hubby had 2 servings...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What's for dinner 9/21/2010: burgers

Okay after not cooking for a week and eating out I missed cooking...tonight was yummy

Teriyaki, pineapple burgers on Trader Joe's whole wheat hamburger buns with homemade french fries & artichokes (in the microwave)

for my burgers I add extra lean ground beef, onion powder, garlic powder, fresh bread crumbs & soy vay teriyaki sauce...just grill and the last 5 minutes I throw on pineapple rings. 

for the fries I just slice up some washed potatoes, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season to taste with what spices I feel like.

And there you go, simple but yummy!