Spinach & Mushroom Quinoa, Cauliflower Poppers and Kale Krunch Chips

Hello healthy friends !!!  So much going on since my last post…Spring Break, 1/2 marathon with Kim, tennis season underway…busy but in a good way :)

I have been dying to post this recipe for a quinoa dish my brother’s girlfriend, Misa, made for us while on Spring Break (we made it twice that week and I’ve made it several times since!) It’s so easy, flavorful and delicious and is the perfect side dish !  I packed some to have for lunch one day while skiing … I love quinoa not only because it’s so versatile but it’s packed with protein, calcium, fiber…it’s a perfect low-cholesterol source of carbs.

Spinach & Mushroom Quinoa
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Ingredients
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
  • olive oil
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 chicken broth granule cube
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 ounces sliced almonds, toasted
  • 1/4 cup feta
  • Optional : 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Saute the mushrooms in a little olive oil, add the spinach until wilted. Add chicken broth granule* and Italian seasoning. Meanwhile, cook your quinoa by adding it to boiling water, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the sauteed veggies and seasonings to your cooked quinoa. Top with feta and toasted almonds.

I’ve also tried this recipe by boiling the quinoa in chicken or veggie broth instead of using the granules…turned out great too !

Spinach & Mushroom Quinoa

 

Cauliflower Poppers

This recipe I found on the Weight Watchers website (through Pinterest!)   These are soooo yummy I could eat the whole batch by myself !

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Spray your cauliflower with olive oil and toss with the remaining seasonings.  Bake @ 400 for 10 minutes, turning halfway through. YUMMMM

Cauliflower Poppers

OK so I wanted to see if any of you have tried these “Kale Krunch” chips by Kaia foods (I’ve seen them at Whole Foods).  My friend sent me some to try as she knows I love kale in every way, shape and form :) They are so great ! I was a little skeptical of how the “ChocKaleT” chip kale chips would taste but they were good ! My favorite was the Cheesy Chipotle flavor…loved the spice combo !!!  I also tried the Tarragon Dijon and Southwest Ranch…they were all so yummy and I will definitely be buying more of these…especially since I haven’t planted any kale in my Spring garden which means no more fresh kale 24/7 !

Kale Krunch Kale Chips

Here’s our “after the race” photo ! (Me on the left, Kim on the right!)

Celebrating with fajitas & margaritas after our 1/2 marathon :)

Hope everyone has a happy & healthy day :)

 

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About Jennifer

I am the mother of 2 beautiful children, Presley-7 and Cash-5 and married to an amazing husband and father, Todd. I have always thought of myself as a healthy person...I've always loved sports, working out and eating healthy. However, looking back, I've actually had a lot of unhealthy habits. I've tried every diet out there : Low fat (How did I think eating a box of fat free snackwells cookies was healthy?), Low carb (can you say fried pork skins GROSS)... as well as a long stint with disordered eating which started in college as a way to avoid those "freshman 15".
Well it wasn't until my 30s that I realized those kind of diets are just a quick fix, not a lifestyle. I think all foods can fit into a healthy diet as long as you practice moderation. I have found that I feel and look my best when I am eating mostly plant-based foods. Not to say I won't indulge in a filet every now and again... but I find that I crave meat less and less ! I have recently been fascinated with trying new vegetarian recipes...I NEVER thought I could give up chicken...used it eat it everyday, but I actually don't miss it at all.
I am trying to pass these healthy eating habits onto my children so they can avoid some of the diseases related to unhealthy diets.

Thanks for reading and hope you have a healthy day !!!!

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