I saw the leaves start turning colours, I felt a coolness to the air…but I didn’t want to admit that it’s almost Fall! However, I’m comforted by the fact that it isn’t TRULY Fall until the September Equinox on September 22nd…. And I guess pumpkin doesn’t sound so bad either.
I was on dinner duty once again last night. My mom requested a salad, something with quinoa and a veggie. I tend to make quinoa one of two ways. 1) My Lemony Quinoa or 2) My Quinoa with Veggies . However, once I got my quinoa cookbook , I discovered there is a whole WORLD of quinoa that I’ve been missing out on!!!
So I decided to shake things up last night and make a Quinoa Casserole. I modified the original recipe a bit, so here is my adaptation!
QUINOA CASSEROLE First I cooked some onions, garlic and veggies in olive oil and then tossed in 1 cup of quinoa in a saucepan Then I added in 2 cups of of liquid (you could use water or veggie stock) and cooked until the liquid was almost gone. Then I stirred in 1/2 a cup of unsweetened almond milk (you could use any type of milk you like) and 1 egg (or one egg replacer) to bind everything. At this point I could have added in ricotta cheese and/or sour cream or Greek yogurt.
However, I just stuck with a huge pile of shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack!
Oh. Baby. I mixed it all together, added in some S+P and baked it at 350 for 30 minutes.
And TA DA! It was good, however, I can see why stronger flavors like sour cream were supposed to be included because it was definitely mild tasting. I would recommend adding in some cheese with BOLDER flavours like old cheddar, goat cheese, parmesan or any strong flavoured cheese.
Cheesy Quinoa This is something you could have for breakfast, lunch or dinner – because of the egg it is almost reminiscent of a frittata.
On the side I made something I haven’t had in a while – Spaghetti Squash! It is so much fun to eat!!!
I made it simply with a bit of earth balance, S+P and herbs. But I would TOTALLY eat is as regular spaghetti, with tomato sauce! Such a great alternative to pasta
The salad was green leaf lettuce, tomatoes and HEARTS OF PALM! HOP’s are so yummy. They are my favourite in salads. Especially with strawberries and toasted pecans. However, I didn’t have strawbs on hand, but I did manage to make some delicious pecans to go on top.
Agave sweetened, toasted pecans. If I want to make a big batch, I’ll use my oven roasting method . But for these it was just Pecans, Agave, saucepan, heat, DONE.
Dinner = Success!
FOAM ROLLER HELP!
My last run went well, like I said and I’m planning another one for this afternoon. However, I am still experiences a bit of hip pain after my runs. (I injured my hip while training for a half marathon this year). I think I need to invest in a foam roller for myself. Do any of you have one? Any recommendations? Any places you know of to get one (even online)? I may just hit up a sports/exercise store here and see if they have one. But if there are any you would recommend or any good places to get one, let me know!
It’s a new month and almost a new season, so what are your goals for September and the new season?