Grains

Quick Quinoa Lunch

The other day I found myself scrounging for ingredients to make lunch at home (clearly I hadn’t planned my food shopping very well!). I didn’t have any lettuce to make a regular salad and I didn’t have any sandwich toppings, but I did have some vegetables, canned beans, and a whole bunch of grains in the pantry. As you probably know by now, I love quinoa (and if you didn’t know, just check out some of my previous quinoa posts). I especially love how quickly it can be cooked up, whi… read more »

Quinoa-Stuffed Cornish Hens

Most Friday nights my husband and I stay in for dinner and I cook something that takes a little more time to prep than during the week. I try to keep it interesting and vary the main dish, so some weeks I make traditional roast chicken and other times I make more unique recipes like beef stew and miso-ginger chicken and cabbage.  A couple of weeks ago we had company over and I tried a new recipe that I really loved. It was different than the typical roast chicken my husband is getting sick of and looked… read more »

Pan-Seared Salmon with Soba Noodles

The other night I was home alone for dinner for the first time in a while, so I decided to make something that I love but my husband isn’t so fond of: Salmon. I’ve previously shared other recipes using salmon (Salmon Balls, Salmon-Cucumber Rounds), but I’ve never fully explained why salmon is so good for you! By now most everyone knows that salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, healthy fats that (among other things) can help reduce inflammation, raise HDL (good) choleste… read more »

Farro Tabbouleh Stuffed Sweet Dumpling Squash

A couple of weeks ago I received two small sweet dumpling squash from my CSA. I had never seen these cute squash before and I wasn’t quite sure how to prepare them (I had already roasted and mashed squash, and wanted to do something different). Over the weekend I read a delicious sounding recipe in Self magazine — Farro and Pine Nut Tabbouleh — that I decided would be great stuffed in the cavity of the small squash. Although I didn’t have all the ingredients for the tabbouleh, I modified t… read more »