March 19, 2012

Week 54, Recipe 1: Pork Egg Rolls

Not the best picture, but you get the idea!

  • I've never made egg rolls before so wasn't sure what I was getting into. They turned out really good!
  • You can make the filling ahead of time then just roll and fry. This would make it a quick 15-20 minutes prep when you're ready to eat.
  • I would have used a deep fat fryer (yikes!) if I had one but frying them on one side in a large skillet then turning them to fry on the other side worked well.
  • Original recipe from Martha Stewart
  • I haven't tried, but the original recipe said you can freeze the egg rolls. I froze them after frying them and then just plan to reheat in the oven. Not sure if I'll thaw them partially or completely before reheating. I think you could also freeze them before frying. I would then thaw them in the fridge overnight then fry.
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon light-brown sugar
  • 6 cups (48 ounces) vegetable oil
  • 1 napa cabbage (about 2 1/2 pounds), thinly sliced
  • 4 medium carrots, coarsely grated
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 16 egg-roll wrappers (6 to 7 inches square)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten and place in a small bowl or shallow cup
1. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar. In a large skillet, cook pork until it is no longer pink then add cabbage, carrots, garlic, and ginger. Season with salt and pepper and cook, tossing, until vegetables are tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Raise heat to high and cook, tossing, until liquid has mostly evaporated (3 to 5 minutes),
2. Mix in scallions. Transfer mixture to a plate to cool then drain any excess liquid. 
3. Lay wrappers flat on a work surface. Brush beaten egg on edges with a pastry brush. (There should be instructions on the egg roll package but if not, place it on the counter with a corner at bottom. Place filling just above that bottom corner then fold in bottom corner up over filling, tucking corner under the filling. Then fold in side corners toward center of wrapper then roll up tight from bottom to top corner).
4. Cover the bottom of a skillet with 1/2-inch of oil and heat over medium-high heat. Fry egg rolls, in batches of 4, until lightly browned. Turn over using a tongs and fry on the other side. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.

Week 54, Recipe 2: Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder


  • Original recipe from Taste of Home
  • Double the recipe if desired. No need to double the amount of chicken if doing so, 2 lbs total would be sufficient.
  • 1 1/2 lb cooked chicken - shredded or cut into bite-size pieces (get a rotisserie chicken for a quick prep!)
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or shredded
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 4 c. chicken broth
  • 2 c. half-and-half, whole or 2% milk
  • 1 can (14 3/4 oz) cream-style corn
  • 2 (8 oz) shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1 can (4 oz) chopped green chilies, undrained
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 1 can chopped tomato with green chile, undrained
  • Minced fresh cilantro (optional) and extra cheese for topping
1. In a large bowl, saute onion in butter until softened. Add the garlic and cumin, cook 1 minute longer. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 5 minutes. 
2. Stir in the cream, cheese, corn, chilies, tomatoes and hot sauce. Cook and stir over low heat until cheese in melted. Top with minced cilantro and extra cheese, if desired.

Week 54, Recipe 3: Green Curry with Chicken & Veggies

  • We love curry. Visit an Asian grocery store to get the curry paste. It's inexpensive and much better than what you can find in your regular grocery store. If you don't like it spicy, add less paste. I usually add 3 tbsp of paste in our curry dishes but we like it spicy.
  • I have some powdered yellow curry powder that I use for the kids' curry. It's not too much extra work, just a second small saucepan.
  • 1 lb boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 bunch green onions
  • Other veggies of choice - chopped bok choy, green beans, etc.
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 can coconut milk (not regular)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled & grated or minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger, peeled & grated
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1-3 tbsp green curry paste
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 c. chicken broth
  • cooking oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce, divided
  • 1/2 c. chopped cilantro, for topping
  • Crushed peanuts, for topping
  • Hot, cooked jasmine rice
1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and chop into bite-size pieces. Top with 1 tbsp soy then 2 tbsp flour (in a ziplock bag).
2. Heat oil and cook chicken, without disturbing, until browned. Remove to a small bowl.
3. In a small bowl, whisk 1 tbsp soy, coconut milk, and curry paste.
4. In the same skillet, saute pepper, green onions, and any other veggies you're using (if any).
5. Add ginger and garlic and saute 30 seconds more.
6. Return chicken to pan, add potatoes, coconut mixture and broth.
7. Simmer 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Serve over jasmine rice and top with crushed peanuts and/or chopped cilantro.

Week 54, Recipe 4: Baked Crumb-Coated Fish

  • Thaw frozen fish in fridge during the day so it will be thawed by the time you're ready to cook in the evening.
  • Premix the crumbs (except the cheese) to have ready.
  • While you've got the oven on for the fish, roast up some veggies - asparagus tossed with olive oil, salt and pepper is a good choice this time of year. It will cook at the same temp (425) for about 10-15 minutes (stirring once halfway through) or until crisp-tender.
  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 c. panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 6 tsp ranch salad dressing mix (powdered kind)
  • 4 cod or other white fish fillets (about 4 oz each)
1. In a shallow bowl, combine the flour, pepper and salt. In another shallow bowl, whisk eggs and water. In a third shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, cheese, and ranch dressing mix.
2. Season fillets with salt and pepper. Dip first in flour mixture, then egg mixture then coat with crumb mixture.
3. Bake on a greased baking sheet at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork, turning once.

Week 54, Recipe 5: Baked Spaghetti

  • This recipe freezes well so make another pan while you're at it to have for later!
  • Add sauteed veggies if you'd like!
  • 16 oz spaghetti
  • 1 lb ground beef (or sausage, or a mix of both)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 jar (24 oz) spaghetti/marinara sauce
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 c. cottage cheese
  • 4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1. Cook beef and onion in a large skillet over medium heat; drain. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions, then drain.
2. Stir in spaghetti sauce and salt into meat.
3. In a large bowl, beat egg, Parmesan, and butter. Add spaghetti noodles and toss to coat.
4. Place half of the spaghetti mixture into a greased 13x9-inch pan. top with half of the cottage cheese, meat sauce, and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers again.
5. Cover and bake at 350 for about 35-40 minutes. Uncover and bake 15-20 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

March 11, 2012

10-Minute Homemade Granola

  • No need to buy granola! It's so expensive and doesn't taste as good as this!
  • I can assemble this granola in 10 minutes or less. Then it bakes for 20 minutes or so. Cool and then store in a ziplock or airtight container. Eat it with yogurt or milk!
  • After you've baked and cooled the granola, try adding 1 c. of chopped dried fruit and/or 1/2 c. flax seed meal. I like this recipe so much I've made it 3 times now and haven't wanted to switch it up yet!
  • 6 c. regular (or old-fashioned) rolled oats
  • 1.5 c. chopped nuts (I do 1/2 c. sliced almonds and 1 c. chopped walnuts)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 c. wheat germ
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • 3/4 c. honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla
1. Mix first 5 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl.
2. In a saucepan over low heat, heat oil. Stir in honey and vanilla off heat. Pour over granola and mix well.
3. Spread into two large baking pans with edges. Bake at 300 degrees, stirring every 4-6 minutes for about 15-25 minutes (depends on your oven). You want it lightly toasted (it won't be crisp to the touch until after it cools).
4. Let granola cool then store in an airtight container at room temp. It will keep for about a week.

March 8, 2012

Week 53, Recipe 1: Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage

  • This recipe is freezer friendly and filled two round casserole dishes.
  • Substitute the chicken for pork sausage if desired (or leave it out all together and add some sauteed zucchini or mushrooms).
  • You can bake the recipe frozen (takes about an hour and a half) or thaw in fridge and bake for about 45 minutes or do what I did and put the recipe frozen into your oven in the morning and set the bake timer so it's ready when you come home.
  • Original recipe from Martha Stewart
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 can (28 oz) whole tomatoes with juice, lightly crushed with hands
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 c. heavy cream (half-and-half would be fine)
  • 1 lb pasta (penne, rigatoni, etc.)
  • 2 frozen cartons of chopped spinach, cooked in microwave according to package directions and then squeezed of excess liquid once cool
  • 12 oz smoked chicken sausage links
  • about 1 c. of grated Parmesan, Fontina, or Asiago cheese
1. Cook sausage links in a little oil over medium heat until sizzling. Add a little water to the bottom of the pan (about 1/2 cup), turn heat to medium low and cover, turning every few minutes until water has evaporated and sausage is cooked through. Remove sausages to cool and once cook, slice into 1/4-inch thick slices, slightly on the diagonal.  
2. Cook pasta according to package directions.
3. Meanwhile, in the same pan (drain any excess water), add oil and cook onion until translucent over low heat about 4 minutes. Add garlic and stir 30 seconds.
4. Stir in tomatoes and oregano, cook until tomatoes are falling apart, about 10 minutes.
5. Add cream; cook until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Season sauce with salt and pepper as desired.
6. Once pasta is cooked, drain and return to large pot. Add tomato sauce, sausage, the chopped cooked (and drained) spinach, and about 1/2 c. of the cheese. Divide evenly between two greased round casserole dishes and top with remaining cheese.
7. Bake at 400 degrees, covered about 15 minutes then uncovered 5-10 minutes longer.

Week 53, Recipe 2: Potato, Ham & Cheese Frittata

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  • Frittatas are so easy! Save them for busy nights - you can saute the veggies ahead of time and then cook when you get home. There's only one large bowl and one large saucepan to wash!
  • Leave out the potatoes and try a different veggie. Or leave out the ham and add a veggie. Use more or less cheese or a different kind....I promise you won't mess it up! Frittatas are very versatile!
  • I bake my frittatas on the stove, then put in the oven then finish with the broiler for a lightly browned top. If you don't have a good broiler, don't worry, frittatas do fine finishing in the oven.
  • Double the recipe and make two while you're at it, frittatas make great leftovers!
  • 6 large eggs (for an 8-inch skillet; add a few more eggs for a larger skillet)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 chopped red pepper (optional)
  • 2 small russet potatoes (or 1 large), peeled and cut into bite-size cubes
  • oil
  • 1 c. chopped ham
  • 1/4 c. milk (or 1/2 c. if using a bigger skillet)
  • 1/2 c. - 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 c. chopped parsley (or chives)
1. Preheat oven to 375.  In a 8-inch non-stick skillet heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat. When hot, add diced potatoes and spread out to a single layer. Cook, without disturbing for about 5 minutes then check the bottom of a potato. If starting to brown a little, stir them up and cook for another 3-5 minutes. Stir again, cover, and cook over medium-low heat until potatoes are tender, another 2-5 minutes. Remove potatoes to a plate.
2. In the same pan, add a little more oil if necessary and saute onions and peppers (if using) for 5 minutes. Add ham and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
3. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, salt, pepper and milk until well combined. Add cheese and parsley or chives if using and stir. Pour the egg/cheese mixture into hot skillet over veggies and cook for about 5 minutes, lifting the sides of the frittata and tiling pan so uncooked egg runs underneath.
4. Move frittata to oven (be sure to cover with foil any rubber on your skillet) and cook for about 15-15 minutes or until nearly completely set in the middle (you can check it with a toothpick). Then finish under the broiler for about 3 minutes or until lightly browned.
5. Remove from the skillet to a cutting board or plate and let cool for a few minutes before cutting into wedges.

Week 53, Recipe 3: Baked 'Fried' Chicken with Cornflake Crust

  • Marinate the chicken in the buttermilk mixture before you leave for work or when you have a chance in the morning. You can also crush the cornflakes and store in a plastic bag until ready to use.

For marinade:
  •  1/2 of a cut-up chicken (breast, thigh, leg, and wing), skin on, bone-in
  • 2 c. buttermilk
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated or minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper
For seasoning:
  • 2 c. cornflakes, crushed (put them in a ziplock bag and run a rolling pin back and forth over them until finely crushed)
  • 3/4 c. finely grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
1. Combine marinade mixture in a large shallow bowl, Add chicken pieces, tossing to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in fridge 3-12 hours.
2. Combine seasoning ingredients in a large shallow bowl. When ready to cook chicken, preheat oven to 425 and spray a cooling rack with nonstick spray. (You could also cook the chicken on a cookie sheet if you don't have a cooling rack). Place the cooling rack on a large cookie sheet.
3. Remove chicken pieces, one at a time, from marinade and cover with crushed cornflake seasoning, getting a good coat on all sides. Lay chicken pieces on greased cooling rack.
4. Bake about 45 minutes or until 160 degrees in the thickest part of each piece. I remove the thighs, legs, and wings at about 40-50 minutes and then have to cook the breast another 15-25 minutes. This will depend on how thick your breast is. Use an instant-read thermometer to make sure chicken is 160 degrees.

Week 53, Recipe 4: Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Taste of Home photo

  • A perfect meal for a busy night or a Sunday lunch!
  • Original recipe from Taste of Home
  • Don't make the gravy and mashed potatoes if you don't want to but they make a nice side for the pork. You can make the mashed potatoes (step 3) the night or morning before if you want.
  • 1 boneless whole pork loin roast (about 3 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Hot mashed potatoes, optional
1. Cut roast in half. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, onion powder and mustard. Add pork, one portion at a time, and shake to coat. In a large skillet, brown pork in oil on all sides.
2. Transfer to a slow cooker and pour broth over pork. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until tender. Remove pork and let stand for 10-15 minutes before slicing.
3. To make mashed potatoes: slice and peel 4 medium to large russet potatoes and cut each into 4 or 5 chunks. Place in a saucepan of water with 1 tbsp salt and bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain liquid from pan and mash with a potato masher or immersion blender, adding, to taste: milk, sour cream, and butter. I usually add about 3 tbsp butter, several tbsp of sour cream and then enough milk to get them the consistency I want.
4. To make gravy, strain cooking juices, reserving 2-1/2 cups juices; skim fat from reserved juices. Transfer to a small saucepan. Bring liquid to a boil. Whisk flour into water until smooth and then gradually stir into the cooking juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Season with salt and pepper as need then serve over pork and mashed potatoes.

Week 53, Recipe 5: Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup

Taste of Home photo

  • Yay for slow cooker recipes! You can cook the beef and onions and chop up the veggies the night before. Then just throw it all in the slow cooker in the morning.
  • Original recipe from Taste of Home
  • Double the recipe if you like! If you do, I don't think it's necessary to double to beef. Just double the broth, veggies and seasonings.
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups beef broth + 1 c. water
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 21tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes or 1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley (add fresh parsley at end of cooking)
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
1. In a nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in salt and pepper.
2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 9-11 hours or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf before serving.

March 1, 2012

Week 52, Recipe 1: Crispy, Baked Chicken Fingers

  • Recipe modified from Annie's Eats
  • These are great! Toast the panko crumbs ahead of time, cool and store in an airtight container. Mix up the flour and spices ahead of time as well.
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp. canola oil
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • Cooking spray
  • 1½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ¾-inch wide strips
1. Preheat the oven to 475˚ F. In a large skillet, toss the panko with the oil. Toast the crumbs over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a shallow dish or pie plate.
2. In a second shallow dish, whisk together the flour, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper.
3. In a bowl, whisk together the egg whites, water, and mustard.
4. Spray a wire cooling rack lightly with cooking spray and place over a rimmed baking sheet. Working in batches, dredge a few pieces of the chicken in the flour, then the egg whites, and finally the breadcrumbs to coat, shaking off the excess between each step. Lay the coated pieces on the prepared wire rack and repeat with the remaining chicken.
5. Spray the tops of the chicken pieces lightly with the cooking spray. Bake until the chicken is cooked through, 10-15 minutes.

Week 52, Recipe 2: Fish Tacos with Avocado Salsa

Photo by Taste of Home

  • Modified from Taste of Home
  • I cut out the tomato that was in the original recipe.
  • Seems like a lot of ingredients but the prep was fairly quick. It cooks in just 10 minutes!
  • Double if you want. Leftovers probably aren't great but 1 lb of fish hardly made enough tacos for two adults and one 2 1/2 year old.
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (or lime)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound cod, halibut or tilapia fillets
  • SAUCE (for drizzling over tacos):
    •  2 medium ripe avocados, divided (some is for the salsa)
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 2 tbsp reduced-fat mayonnaise
    • 1 tablespoon lime juice
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
    • Dash cayenne pepper
  • SALSA (for topping tacos):
    • 1 small red onion, chopped
    • 4 1/2 teaspoons chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons lime juice
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt (plus more, to taste)
  • Corn or flour tortillas (I prefer corn)
  • 2 cups shredded or finely sliced cabbage
1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the lemon or lime juice, oil and garlic. Add fish; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. For sauce and salsa, peel and cube avocados. In a small bowl, mash 1/4 cup avocado. Stir in the remaining sauce ingredients. Place remaining avocado in a small bowl; stir in the remaining salsa ingredients. Refrigerate sauce and salsa until serving.
3. Drain fish and discard marinade. Broil fish 4-6 in. from the heat for 8-10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Slice or cut fish into smaller pieces. 
4. Place hot fish on the center of each tortilla. Top each with cabbage, sauce and salsa.

Week 52, Recipe 3: Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup

  • This is a great and hearty potato soup made from a mix of several different recipes.
  • Leave out the bacon and use vegetable broth for a vegetarian soup.
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 1/2 lbs)
  • 2 medium onions, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 2 14 1/2 oz cans/boxes of chicken broth
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour (use rice or another flour to make it gluten-free)
  • 1 1/2 c. half-and-half (fat free kind is fine)
  • 3 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/3 c. cheddar cheese
  • Sliced green onions
1. Saute onions, carrots, and celery over medium-low heat until softened, about 6 minutes.
2. Add to slow cooker along with potatoes and salt and pepper. Cook on high 3 hours or on low for 5-6 hours until potatoes are tender.
3. Stir together flour and half and half and stir into soup. Cover and cook until heated thoroughly (about 15-20 minutes). Garnish with cheese, bacon and sliced green onions.

Week 52, Recipe 4: Quick Breaded Pork Chops

  • These are really quick and you only need 5 ingredients!
  • Crush the saltines by placing in a large Ziploc bag and running a rolling pin back and forth. Do this ahead of time for an even quicker prep.
  • Recipe from Taste of Home
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 c. crushed saltine crackers
  • Boneless pork loin chops (original recipe called for 1-inch thick and 4 oz each but I used a thin cut and they were great).
  • 1/4 c. canola oil
1. Crush saltine crackers (see NOTES above) and place in a shallow bowl.
2. In another shallow bowl, combine egg and milk.
3. Dip each pork chop in the egg mixture then coat with cracker crumbs, patting to make a thick coating.
4. In a large skillet, cook chops in oil for 4-5 minutes on each side (or until 145 degrees). Let meat stand a few minutes before serving.

Week 52, Recipe 5: Quinoa with Black Beans

  • This is a satisfying and hearty vegetarian meal and a great way to eat quinoa. Plus its a one-skillet meal!
  • Tasted great the next day so feel free to make ahead of time and store in fridge.
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 red, yellow or orange bell pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth (or chicken if you don't need it to be vegetarian)
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Sour cream and shredded cheese, to top
1. Rinse quinoa.
2. Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and bell pepper (if using) and saute 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Add can of tomatoes.
3. Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable or chicken broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
4. Stir frozen corn and black beans into the saucepan, and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Mix in the cilantro. Top with lots of sour cream and shredded cheese.