Roasted Vegetable Cheesy Quinoa Mac

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Hey there, I have been working hard at this eat clean reset but have been enjoying it, trying out new dishes that are healthier not only for but for my family too. Was looking around for a great side dish recipe and thanks to a referral to https://www.facebook.com/jasonsfunctionaltrainingstudio, I found some great dishes and decided with a little tweaking of my own to share this dish with you first!

I served this dish with a main course of baked chicken thighs from Blue Goose.

http://www.bluegoosepurefoods.com/#home

Blue Goose is raised with out the use of antibiotics and animal by-products.

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Preheat the oven to 400 degrees put  salt & peppered chicken on a bakers rack (which helps the chicken from baking in it’s own fat) Bake in oven for 40 minutes until skin is crisp. For those of us that are watching our calorie intake remove the skin. 😉

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You will need:

  •  3 cups Cooked Quinoa (cooked According To Package Instructions)
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, chopped into small chunks
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 raw carrots, sliced thinly
  • Handful baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup corn peas
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, mince
  • 3 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used half skim mozza as it is lower in fat and half cheddar)
  • Kosher Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. Panko breadcrumbs (optional)

Roasted Vegetable Cheesy Quinoa Mac

Cook your Quinoa as per the directions on the box. I cook mine in a rice cooker with chicken stock!

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Prepare a large baking sheet by lining with aluminum foil and coating with a little olive oil or nonstick cooking spray.

Place prepared veggies on the baking sheet.

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Bake for 20 minutes, or until vegetables have softened. Remove from oven and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add garlic and cook 30 seconds.

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Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute

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Gradually whisk in milk, stirring constantly until mixture is slightly thickened. Remove from heat

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 Stir in cheddar cheese until well distributed and melted. Add salt and pepper and additional spices as desired.

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Mix veggies, cooked quinoa, and cheese sauce together.

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Place mixture in a baking dish or ramekins and sprinkle with panko breadcrumbs. Place under the broiler in your oven (500 degrees) for 2-4 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

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After broiled it is ready to be served and enjoyed.. Guilt free and healthy!

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Thanks so much for checking out my blog! I love to share my recipes with you all with the hopes that you make an attempt to cook them for yourself or for your family and friends. If you have any comments or any ideas on a new recipe I should try out I would love to hear from you. I can be found on face book at https://www.facebook.com/SchoonerpixiesKitchen or by sending me an email to schoonerpixie@hotmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Until next time Happy Cooking & Cheers!

I’m home alone and it’s lunch time, so this lunch is all about me!!

 

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“Spicy Crab Sushi & Crema de cepa de apio”

 

     Well my lunch today was all about me! And I have to say it turned out just the way I like it!!

So to start off today I am going to show you how I made Spicy Crab Sushi including homemade Wasabi…

You will need:

  • 1 Slice of Whole grain Bread
  • 1 bamboo mat
  • 2 sheets of saran wrap
  • 1 sheet of nori paper with the last row removed from the paper
  • 1/2 cup of crab flavored pollock
  • 1/2 cup sushi rice
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 tsp of seasoned rice vinegar
  • Sprinkle of powered wasabi
  • Sprinkle of sesame seeds
  • Soy Sauce for dipping
  • 1 tsp of wasabi

 

So for the rice I cooked it in one of our favorite appliances, the rice cooker.. to get the directions on how to make it stove top read the label on the backside of the sushi rice bag! I actually made my rice first thing in the morning so it had alot of time to cool off, no need to put it in the fridge just set it aside in your rice cooker or the pot you cooked it in.

Take your one slice of bread, and grate it to bread crumbs. Warm a small skillet at 4 with the bottom covered in Extra Virgin Olive Oil, then toast your bread crumbs to later add to the sushi.

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On a large cutting board lay down your bamboo mat covering it with one sheet of saran warp, then place your nori paper of top of that. When the nori paper is laid down add your rice, not all of it because it’s to much so add it as needed. Wet your finger tips and flatten the rice unto the nori paper leaving only 1 perforated space remaining empty. Sprinkle on the sesame seed. Remove nori paper and rice with the saran wrap from the bamboo mat, placing down the second sheet of saran wrap, flip the rice facedown unto the saran warp, with the nori paper now facing up.

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Get your crab flavored pollock, cut into med sized pieces. Line the whole row legenth wise about an 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of the paper. Then cover the pollock with the toasted bread crumbs.  Sprinkle on a LITTLE bit of the powdered wasabi onto the top of the row.

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Fold over on the side closest to you, then roll the remaning side over, continue to tighten and roll with the bamboo mat. When it is rolled remove from the saran wrap. Cut roll into .5 inch slices, makes around 7-8 pieces.

Take your powered Wasabi, in a small dish add 1 tsp of powder, .5 tsp of water, mash together and combine until it can be rolled into a ball. Place on the plate with sushi pieces.

 

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In a small dish add soy sauce for dipping!! 

すべて完了

Subete kanryō

Meaning “All Done” in Japanese

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So for todays blog I am done, and if you are interested in finding out how to make the delicious Crema de cepa de apio, a Creole Celery Root Cream Soup, a speciality dish made in the Dominican Republic please come back tomorrow..

Any ideas or suggestions, please feel free to email me at schoonerpixie@hotmail.com or join me on my facebook page

@https://www.facebook.com/#!/SchoonerpixiesKitchen

Until then Enjoy & Happy Cooking