Whole Grains: Quinoa

For assignment three I wanted to use quinoa as I do not use it very often but I know I like it.  I wanted to make three different types of dishes.  I first wanted to make a breakfast item.

I made blueberry quinoa breakfast bars. These use a lot of items I did not have in my pantry, but were fairly easy to make.

1 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/4 chia seeds
1 cup mashed bananas
2 eggs
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 blueberries

To prepare you want to combine dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately.  Combine and then fold in blueberries. Cook at 350 for 25-35 minutes.

These bars are nutritious and perfect for someone like me who is usually running out the door in the morning.

For my second dish I made an appetizer.  For this appetizer I was a little creative and altered another recipe I found by changing ingredients that I had in my fridge.   I turned quinoa pizza bites into quinoa spinach bites.

This recipe includes:
1 cup cooked Quinoa
3 large eggs
1 cup shredded Romano Cheese (Switched from Mozzarella)
Hand full of Spinach (Switched from 1/3 cup pepperoni)
Mix ingredients together and cook at 350 for 25-30 minutes.


The third recipe was making a southwest quinoa soup.  My new favorite thing to make is soup.  It is easy, freezable, and allows me to use up food I have had for awhile.

The soup I made consists of:
Low sodium Chicken Broth
1 pack Bird’s Eye frozen Southwest Style Protein Blender
1 can Jalapeño
a ton of quinoa


Assignment 1: Healthy Pancakes

As a single and overly busy individual I find meal planning does not generally happen.  I am spontaneous when it comes to cooking.  In the past when I have food prepped I have found I made something that I cannot eat more than two days in a row.  Also I generally try recipes that are too advanced for my cooking skills.

I am in the process of moving so when taking a look at my pantry it is pretty low in stock.  I have some spices, but mostly just left overs, over ripe fruit, and other random breakfast foods of the cereal variety.  I definitely do not have the food I would like to utilize, and would like to get more basic foods in order to make simple but nutritious foods.  I have realized I have a lot of overly processed foods that have zero nutrition value and are “easy.”

On Sunday afternoon I was in need of lunch.  After surveying my kitchen I decided to make what I call healthy pancakes.  This recipe is super easy, which makes it perfect!

It involves:

2 eggs

1 banana

1/2 to 1 cup of oatmeal

Estimate cinnamon

This recipe is not only extremely easy, it is very quick.  It probably took 10 minutes to make.  It is also healthy and allows you to use up older bananas.  It is not the prettiest of meals but it does the job, and it tastes like banana bread.