Quinoa with Peppers and Onions

This easy recipe let’s you cook some quinoa as the perfect complex carbohydrate side dish.

Ingredients
1 Tsp coconut oil
1 green pepper chopped
1 red pepper chopped
1 onion chopped
* or you can use the frozen mix available in stores
2 garlic cloves minced
1 tsp cumin
1/4 Tsp of black pepper
1 cup Quinoa
2 Tb fresh cilantro or 1 Tb of cilantro paste
1 cup water
1 cup vegetable broth

Method

Heat oil on skillet and add onion and pepper mix with garlic, cumin and black pepper. Cook until onions are translucent.
Add in quinoa, water and vegetable broth. Stir well and let simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Add in cilantro and continue to simmer until water has been absorbed and quinoa is cooked throughly.

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It’s All About Making It Easier..

We all know buying organic foods can be expensive and if you’re like me that all I buy at the grocery store are veggies, fruits and meats, you’ve noticed that produce is not cheap! Thanks to a couple of my friends I found out about organic buying clubs.

I decided to give it a try! With Annie’s Organic Buying Club I’m able to get all my organic fruits and veggies at a discounted price. I pick up my box every other Monday from a convenient site that’s really close to home. I get seasonal produce that’s very fresh all year round. At every pick up I get a variety of produce and what I really like about this club is that you can add, remove and substitute products to your liking all done online. They even post information about the food you are receiving and recipes for each thing you get.

Yesterday was only my second pick up but I’m really enjoying getting my organic food this way!

Here’s what I’ve gotten in my “half-share” boxes… Click on the pictures for a list of ingredients. 😉

Roasted Eggplant

The easiest way for me to cook anything is by putting it in the oven. When I cook you can find my oven with 4 different trays going all at once. Whether is protein or vegetables I place them all together resulting in better time management in the kitchen. Recently I gave it a try with eggplant.

Just slice the eggplant and place it on a baking sheet. Try to layer them so that they are not directly on top of each other. Sprinkle some olive oil, pepper and oregano. Flip them and do it again. Super easy! Bake them at 350 for 25 minutes.

Now you have a vegetable side to last a few servings.

More Roasted Veggies- Beets and Carrots

I’ve mentioned before how I love roasting vegetables. I think it’s the easiest side dish you can have and it will go well with just about any protein you decide to cook. All you need is some olive oil and spices. For this amount of veggies, I used two tablespoons of olive oil, some Rosemary and Thyme. Mix well and place in baking sheet. Bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes.

Roasted Veggies

One of my favorite side dish is roasted vegetables. I usually just cut up a variety of peppers and onions. Toss them with some olive oil and some spices and broil them in the oven. It’s super easy and delicious. This time I decided to throw in some Calabasa Squash. It was so good!! You can do this with many veggie. Get creative and pick a different vegetable every week!

Veggie Virtuoso

Another veggie recipe! This is a great side or it can be served alone as an appetizer or alone buffet table. I really enjoyed this one and I know I will be making it often.

Ingredients:

1 red bell pepper, quartered
1 yellow pepper, quartered
1 small red onion, quartered
1 medium zucchini, sliced lengthwise
1 medium yellow squash, sliced lengthwise
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried minced garlic
1 tbsp minced fresh basil

Preheat oven to broil.

Combine vegetables in bowl. Toss