I don't know why, but for about a week or so, I've just had CHICKPEA SALAD on the mind. But what's weird is I've never had or made a chickpea salad before!
So I put my really simple thinking cap on, grabbed some foods and spices, and combined.
And it worked oh so good :)
-1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
-1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
-1 can chickpeas
-1 cup spinach
-1 can diced tomatoes with chiles
-1/3 cup feta cheese
-1 tsp oregano
-1 tsp paprika
-1/2 tsp garlic powder
-1/4 tsp red pepper
-1/4 tsp seasalt
Cook quinoa in chicken broth according to instructions.
Once cooked, add spinach.
Cook until it wilts.
Add in remaining ingredients.
Yep, it was THAT easy! I actually added more red pepper than I put in this recipe, and it was SPICY! So if you like spice, do 1/2 tsp instead!
This recipe makes 3 servings: 1 cup each
For you 21 Day Fixers:
Fill 1 green container for a serving. 2 yellow 1/2 green 1/4 blue
I don't know about you guys, but I love Italian food. And one of my favorite Italian dishes is eggplant parmesan.
It's wholesome, hearty, and oh so yum. But...normally not so healthy.
Even my super picky husband said, and I quote... "it could use more cheese, but it's actually not too bad."
YES, that's what I call a WIN.
-1 medium eggplant, cubed (about 6 cups)
-2 cups cooked quinoa
-1 medium onion, diced
-2 cloves garlic
-1 jar organic tomato sauce (29 oz)
-1 tbsp olive oil
-2 tsp sea salt
-1 tsp black pepper
-2 tbsp basil
-2 tsp roasted red pepper flakes
-1.5 cups parmesan cheese
**Preheat oven to 375 degrees**
Cube eggplant. Soak in cold water for 20 minutes.
(helps remove bitterness)
**Rinse off when finished!**
While eggplant is soaking, sauté onion and garlic in oil.
**You should cook your quinoa now if you haven't already**
Add eggplant to onions and garlic.
Saute for 10 minutes.
Add tomato sauce, basil and 1/2 tsp of salt to mixture.
Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes.
Mix red pepper flakes, black pepper and 1/2 tsp salt with cooked quinoa.
In a separate bowl, mix quinoa and eggplant bake with 1/2 cup parmesan cheese.
Transfer mixture to a baking dish.
Top with remaining parmesan cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.
Remove from oven, cool, and ENJOY!
Seriously, you'll probably want to kiss me after you eat this.
You're welcome ;)
This is a REALLY good recipe to make for meal prep...because it just keeps getting better!
For you 21 Day Fixers:
This makes 6 servings.
1 serving = 1 green, 1 blue, 1/2 purple, 1 yellow
I'm not going to lie - it blows my mind when I hear that someone hasn't tried quinoa - and then I realize that not everyone is a health freak like me trying to find the healthier alternatives to all of those classics that we all love.
Well, good thing for you guys I am and I'm happy to share my findings :) Quinoa (keen-wah) is one of the healthiest grains for you. Everyone always asks me to describe the taste, and I NEVER can. Honestly, I think it's just like rice - it tastes like whatever seasonings you use!
So here's my all time favorite quinoa recipe for you guys to try out and enjoy! (And you WILL enjoy it!) Oh, and this is another recipe that makes a TON! (3 servings to be exact - and yes, it's 21 Day Fix approved!)
- 1 tsp olive oil
-1 onion, chopped
-3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
-3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
-1 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth (I used beef because that's what I still had!)
-1 tsp cumin
-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (I used paprika because I realized I was out!)
-salt and pepper to taste
-1 cup frozen corn kernels (Or fresh. I used canned just because I had them!)
-1 can no salt added black beans, rinsed and drained
-1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro/basil/parsley
On medium heat, sauté onions and garlic with olive oil until slightly browned.
Mix quinoa into the pan. Cover with vegetable broth, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Cover, and simmer on low for 20 minutes.
Add in corn. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
Mix in black beans, cilantro, basil and parsley.
This makes 3 servings...lots of yum and nutrition!!!
I always add some hot sauce on top too! (I'm addicted!)
You're welcome if this is your first quinoa recipe ;)
And for you 21 Day Fixers:
this counts as 1 green, 2 yellow, 1 red, and 1 tsp per serving!
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