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Lemon Quinoa Artichoke Salad

23 Jul

Lemon Quinoa Artichoke Salad

I love quinoa, but without some focused flavoring, it can be on the bland side. Cooking Light has Cooking with Quinoa: 22 Recipes, including one recipe for lemon quinoa with artichokes. I made a few changes from the original version here on MyRecipes. This is an easy recipe for a weeknight meal that can also be lunch the next day. Plus, combining lemon and artichokes creates a sweet and slightly tangy flavor that’s perfect for summer. I couldn’t get enough.

Lemon Quinoa Artichoke Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 diced sweet onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 jar of artichoke hearts (I used a 12 oz jar)
  • 1 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • greens of your choice, perhaps mixed greens or a spinach salad

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and thyme; saute for 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add artichokes and saute for about 2 minutes. Add broth and quinoa, turn burner to high until it reaches a boil. Cover, turn down to a simmer, and cook for 18 minutes or until liquid is completely absorbed.
  2. Remove pan from heat. Stir in parsley, rind, juice, and salt. Serve warm, cold, or at room temperature over a bed of greens.
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SSL: Dec 22

22 Dec

It’s that time of year – sugar and baked goods everywhere. It’s hard to get away from the unhealthy temptations of the holidays, especially with so many social events and family gatherings.

I don’t have the best discipline when it comes to exercising, but stepping up my regular weekly routine (yoga twice, cardio once) and adding in an extra class here and there helps me make healthier food choices. So here’s what I’ve been trying to do:

  • Focus on moderation, not deprivation.
  • Consider what I really want and enjoy, and don’t just eat whatever’s in front of me (especially good to remember at holiday parties).
  • Have easy-to-make healthy recipes for between the festivities.

For today’s Saturday Short List, I’m helping you with healthy recipe part of all this. You’ve seen enough cookie recipes (not that there’s anything wrong with cookies!) and high-calorie drinks to last for all of 2013. Here are some healthy alternatives using seasonal ingredients:

Lemony Brussels Sprout Slaw (Food & Wine)

West African Sweet Potato & Peanut Soup (TasteBook) – I’ve used my spicy ‘The Heat is On’ peanut butter from Peanut Butter & Co and skipped the cayenne pepper in the recipe. Because that peanut butter is HOT.

Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potatoes and Apples (also Food & Wine – they have a million delicious-sounding seasonal recipes)

Acorn Squash Lentil Soup

My acorn squash & lentil soup (above)

Happy Saturday!

Food Goals for 2012

18 Jan

It’s great to be back! And just in time because it’s mid-January and I have some food goals.

1. Eat more whole grains, seeds, and beans. Quinoa, for example, is a complete protein and gluten free. I love the nutty flavor and it holds up well in a variety of dishes. Eating whole grains instead of more processed foods (pasta, bread, etc) is something I’m striving to do in 2012.

2. Can (and pickle!) fruits and vegetables during the summer. I’m very excited to can fresh produce and make use of my Joy of Pickling book by Linda Ziedrich from Harvard Common Press. This will mean visiting farmers’ markets, looking for inexpensive (and local) fruits and veggies in the market, and… I plan to sign up for a CSA this year! I split a share in college and loved it. Please feel free to name your favorite Boston-area CSAs (preferably pick up will be less than 10 miles from the farm).

3. Buy more local foods. Slightly more difficult in Boston than in rural areas, but definitely possible. I’ve been trying to buy food exclusively from the US (even though Florida is still far away, it’s closer than China), and from Massachusetts when available.

4. Share baked goods. I love baking, but I know I shouldn’t eat lots of sugar (or throw out food). This way, I can share with friends and I won’t eat everything.

5. Plant and grow my own (apartment-style) herbs and vegetables. So far I’m considering basil and mint. This will be exciting to document – I gardened every year when I was young, but it’s my first time indoor gardening. Anyone have suggestions? From plant varieties to window boxes, I’m looking for resources!

6. Do a raw detox for two days/month (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks). I love eating raw. If I worked from home and lived in California, I would eat maybe…50% raw, but winter in New England and sitting in an office 50+ hours each week doesn’t make this a feasible option for me. A two-day detox will be perfect to correct any bad habits I’ve fallen into during the month, jumpstart my energy levels, and it will encourage me to try some new recipes.

7. Be prepared with healthy snacks. Chocolate is my go-to snack. Those terrible 20 minutes before dinner is ready when I can’t wait any longer…chocolate. Mid-day on the weekend when I want something sweet…chocolate. You get the idea. There are so many other – and still convenient – options for these snacks (carrots and hummus, dried fruit, an apple and peanut butter, etc), I just need to have them ready to go before I make a bad decision.

I’ve been reading great posts lately about 2012 goals. Here’s to staying focused and accountable!

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