Broccoli Quinoa pilaf

October 29, 2012 at 6:56 pm (Food) (, , , )

This stuff makes a wonderful, healthy, protein packed side dish, or a super filling vegan entree. Dig in and enjoy. Oh, and extra points, its way easy to make!

2 tbsp oil or margarine (or butter if you’re not going for vegan)
1/2 onion
3 carrots
1 large broccoli crown
1 cup quinoa
2 1/2 cups vegetable stock or broth
And some of your favorite herbs and spices

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Chop up your veggies. I chose to use the food processor, because I was feeling lazy and wanted everything chopped tiny. Do whatever works for you.

3. Sauté veggies and herbs/spices in oil over medium high heat until veggies are mostly cooked.

4. Add quinoa to the pan and sauté another minute or two. Add the stock and bring to a boil.

5. If your sauté pan is big enough and oven safe, cover it and pop it in the oven. Otherwise, pour everything into a casserole dish (my 9×9 was fine), cover and bake. It will take 25-30 minutes to bake. If you’re not vegan, you could remove the cover at the end and top it with some cheese. Toss it back in the oven for a couple of minutes to melt the cheese.



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Awesome side effect of weight loss

October 17, 2012 at 4:24 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

A couple of months ago, I was thinking bat getting my wedding ring resized. It was too tight and I couldn’t take it off. Now, it slips off fairly easily. Woot, woot! Celebrate the small victories, right? Not only am I losing weight, but I saved the money of having my ring resized.

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Finding ways to give back

October 5, 2012 at 10:06 pm (Family) (, )

This year, I want to really start teaching Junior about giving. I want him to see us giving more than receiving and giving without expectation of receiving in return. I have three goals for the holiday season. I want to put together some care packages for some deployed service members. I’d really love to get some friends in on this too, so if you want to join me, let more know! My second goal is to provide Thanksgiving dinner for a needy family. Turkey, stuffing, beans, pumpkin pie, the works. Lastly, I want to adopt a family this Christmas. The whole family. Not just gifts for the kids, but for the parent(s) too. Heck, even the dog, if they have one.

Who’s with me?

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