Cook as directed and then let your mind go!!!
What is this this thing called “QUINOA”….(pronounced keen-wha)?? Some people call it a grain…some people call it a super food…and then I have one friend that says “it looks like dirt!!”
Quinoa looks like a grain but is actually a seed but can be prepared as you would whole grains like rice or barley. But the beauty of this grain is that it has the highest protein content than any other grain. It is gluten-free AND cholesterol free!! Hell, you can even eat it for breakfast, like oatmeal!!! You can make salads, side dishes and add just about everything but the kitchen sink to it. It is YOUR pallet to do whatever you want!
Here I used it as a side dish….
- 1 c cooked Quinoa (I cook mine in a rice cooker) but in a saucepan with the ratio of 1 c Quinoa to 2 c liquid…water or chicken broth.
- Now, just add “color”. Red, Yellow, Orange Peppers, red onion, green onions..leftover chicken, left over brussel sprouts, panchetta, toasted almonds, water chestnuts for crunch…or apples…raisins or cranraisins…cilantro..tomatoes…the choice is yours!!!!
- Whatever I am going to add, I saute in a pan with EVOO for about 2-3 mins and then I add to the cooked Quinoa.
- Season with S & P…and anything else your heart desires!!! I mean, this is sooooo darn easy and yet, so darn good and what a great source of protein!!
Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots
feeds 4-5 people
Voila…Ready to Serve
- 25 Tater Tots thawed at room temp 30 mins before using
- 1/2 lb of bacon with each strip cut into 3 pieces
- 1/3 c brown sugar
- 1TBS Chili Powder
- 1 tsp Chipotle Powder (optional..I like things spicy)
Gather all your ingredients
1 LB bacon cut into three pieces
Tater Tots thawed at room temperature
Wrap bacon around tater
Roll the bacon wrapped tater in the brown sugar mixture
Put Taters on parchment or foil lined cookie sheet and cook for 15 mins (or until bacon is crispy) in preheated 375 oven
Take out, let cool, stick a toothpick and serve
**** I also made these the day before and froze them, then took out and put them on lined parchment and cooked for 25-30 mins at 350 until the bacon was crispy!!***
A root vegetable that looks like a potato but has the sweetness of an apple. Used primarily in Mexican Dishes
Jicama is a root vegetable that looks like a potato and taste like an apple!!! It is used, primarily, in Mexican recipes, salads or as a side dish. I used it as a simple side dish…with “simple” being the active word!!
Clean, cut off the ends, cut in half and peel.
Once cut, then slice 1/4 inch and then julienne
Add 1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
Add 1/2 cup,of chopped cilantro along with Mexican seasonings ( cumin, chili powder) salt & pepper and juice from1 lime and then refrigerate for 30 minutes or more
Take out of fridge, stir and plate!! VOILA!!!