Good day everyone!
My day started off happy and you want to know why?
Pumpkin chocolate chip bread
Want to impress your guests with colorful and delicous foods this Christmas and that don't take hours and hours to make? How about....
Quinoa Pilaf (recipe below)
Marinated Pan Grilled Tofu, Roasted Asparagus and Quinoa Pilaf
This was a huge hit with Dave and Keaton.
Two Bean Tempeh Chili with finely chopped kale.
This is a great way to add more greens into your diet. Finely chop your greens and mix into the chili.
Roasted Vegetable Pasta with a kick.
This recipe is adapted from Gluten Free Goddess. You can
take any vegetable really. I used asparagus, roma tomatoes, eggplant, onion and bell pepper. I also eliminated the use of raisins. You can also add finely chopped greens to this as well and no one would know.
2 C. vegetable broth
1 C. quinoa, rinsed
1 med. yellow/white onion, diced
1 small bell pepper, diced
1/3 C. parsley, chopped
1/4 C. pinenuts, toasted*
S & P
In a medium saucepan heat up broth and quinoa until boiling. Cover with lid and turn down heat to low. Cook for about 20 min. Once quinoa is cooked take off heat and let sit for about 10min. then fluff with fork. Take off lid and cool down to room temperature.
While quinoa is cooking heat up a heavy pan(I use cast iron) and toast pinenuts. Keep close watch as to not burn. This only takes about 2 min. or so.
In a large pan heat up 1 T. olive oil or broth/water to saute onion. Once the onion is softened add the bell pepper and cook for 2 more minutes. Take off heat and add the quinoa, onion, bell pepper, parsley and pineuts. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Scoop into serving dish.
Marinade for tofu
1/3 C. Olive Oil
1/3 C. lemon juice
1/3 C. Italian parsley
1/3 C. Cilantro
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
In a blender or processer add olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, cilantro, garlic. Blend together. Add in red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste.
Slice tofu up and lay in a casserole dish. Pour marinade over and let sit in refrigerator for a couple of hours. Heat up grill pan and spary with olive oil. Grill tofu. Serve with leftover marinade.
I hope this gives you all some ideas. If anything whip it up for dinner one night just for your family.What are your plans for Chrismas dinner?
Until next post. Have a great day!