You say you don’t like quinoa….

Many people have told me that they don’t like quinoa (or don’t know what it is).  I am always shocked because I love it.  My first question is, “How are you preparing it?” Then, I proceed to tell them how I love it!  I first came up with this idea when I started to become a vegetarian.  I love tacos and thought why not make a great vegetarian option with the same great flavor.

My favorite quinoa dish is Quinoa Tacos! It is really simple, delicious, and can be prepared in under 30 mins! There are many other great ways to prepare quinoa but I love this dish the most. It has been tested with vegetarians, vegans, and carnivores.  Everyone likes it.

Quinoa Tacos

Who doesn’t love tacos, right?!

*Disclaimer I am not an actual doctor, just playing one in the video! 😉

Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa 
1 onion diced
2 Tbsp oil
2 cups water
1 packet of taco seasoning
Taco shells
lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, cheddar cheese, ect...
Whatever taco toppings you like!

Instructions:
1. Sauté the onion until it becomes more translucent
2. Add the quinoa, the water, and the taco seasoning packet and stir
3. After it starts to boil, cover the quinoa and turn the heat down to a simmer
4. After about 20 mins fluff the quinoa with a fork
If it needs more water add a 1/4 cup.  All the quinoa should be sprouted.  
Sometimes I add zucchini with the onions, it all depends on what you like.  
If you have more taco seasoning and you want more flavor add a dash or two.

Oatmeal Banana Nut Muffins

I am about to go on a camping trip to the Sequoia National Forest tomorrow and I need a healthy snack/breakfast.  I thought why not go traditional with banana nut muffins.  Since I want to make them be a little bit healthier I made them out of oatmeal.  I always like to add ingredients that can fight for my health and know why a particular ingredient is good for my health.

Oats are a whole grain.They are high in fiber and can lower cholesterol.

Walnuts are vey high in anti-oxidants ranking just below blackberries.  It has been supported that walnuts are good for your cardiovascular health, can improve verbal reasoning, and help fight cancer.  1 oz a day is recommended

Bananas can provide potassium, B6, fiber, and Vitamin C. They are such a versatile fruit.  They can be used as egg replacers and add the right amount of sweet and creaminess to a dish.

Greek yogurt!  It is packed with protein. Some brands have 23 g protein/cup.

Flax seeds! These little guys are packed with nutrients.  In the seed form they are not as beneficial as ground up flax meal.  Once it is ground  into the meal our bodies are able to utilize the nutrients inside.  They provide omega-3s that we need.  Don’t worry about the heat of the oven according to a few studies you won’t lose any health benefits when they are cooked.

Now when someone ask why you are eating so many muffins you can tell them many reasons why these delicious muffins are good for your health.

Recipe:

2 1/2 cups oats

3 bananas ripe

1 cup greek yogurt non fat  and unflavored

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons flax meal

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/3-1/2 cup chopped walnuts (it depends how nutty you want them to be!)

Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F

2. Line muffin tins or spray with oil

3. You can put the oats in the blender to make flour. Or put all the ingredients in the blender (except the walnuts) and slowly add the oats.  (I had to stop and mix it a few times.)

4. Mix in the walnuts in last and spoon into the muffin tins filling about 3/4 full

Bake for 15-20 mins

I made 12 muffins and 1 loaf of banana nut bread.  Be sure not to over mix because the muffin can stick to the wrapper.

These muffins are 135 calories each with 3 g fat, 7 g protein, and 22 g carbohydrates.

Hello world!

I started this blog because I love food.  I love talking about it, reading about it, making it, and taking pictures of it. Since those are some of my hobbies I thought I could put all those things together and share my love of food and nutrition with others.  Since I am studying to be a Registered Dietitian most of my posts will be about food that can improve your health.  The other posts may not all be healthy but will be for those days when you just need something that tastes delicious.  I believe in “moderation,” nothing is really off limits just the amount of it should be taken in moderation!

So if you want cake…..eat cake!

I hope your enjoy reading about my food journey and sampling some of the foods I make.  I promise I will make the recipes until they are worthy to be posted!