Category: Variety Grains


I love stuffed chicken!  I used to shy away from making it because the filling tends to leak out.  Turns out, it’s yummy and pretty anyhow.

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2 1/2 lb. Boneless Chicken Breasts (Cut into 8 cutlets and pounded thin)

1 pouch Sesame Stir Fry Sauce (any sauce will do!)

4 oz. goat cheese

1/2 package broccoli florets, steamed

3 packages Pereg Coucous with Pumpkin Seeds

1 Can garbanzo beans

Preheat oven to 350F.  Top each cutlet with goat cheese and broccoli.

Put a little sauce in the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish.

Roll up cutlets and place seam side down in baking dish.

Top with remaining sauce.

Bake 35 – 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, make Couscous according to package directions.  Add in broccoli and garbanzo beans before serving.

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1 package Trader Joe’s pearl cous cous

1 Tbsp. olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp. each rosemary and thyme

1 package Cascadian Farmsfrozen Swiss chard

1 package Cascadian Farms multi colored carrots

1 can Cannelloni beans

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Brown Cous Cous  in oil until golden.  Season.  Add in frozen veggies.

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Add water as per vegetable directions.  Add in beans.

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Simmer until vegetables are crisp tender.

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3 lb. sausage (I used garlic and herb turkey sausage and chorizo)

1/4-1/2 c. chopped onion (I used green onions and sweet onions)

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 c. beer

2 cans beans, drained and rinsed (I used black beans and garbanzo)

4 C. cooked grains, any kind (I used quinoa, brown rice mix)

Chop up sausage into small pieces into dutch oven with olive oil heated to medium high.

When it starts to sizzle and brown, reduce heat, add onion and stir.  Cook for about 5 minutes.

Add beer, cover and simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes.

Stir in cooked grain.  Add a little broth, if too dry, or add a little bread crumbs, if too wet.

Serve topped with slaw type salad, for acidity and texture.

Sorry I didn’t get a picture of the finished product.

 

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1 package RPs Pasta Company or other fresh lasagna sheets

2-3 lb. ground meat, browned and drained (I cook and freeze cooked ground meat when it’s on sale)

2 onions, chopped

3 medium tomatoes, chopped

2 c. chopped sweet peppers

1 jar marinara

2 Tbsp. pesto

2 Tbsp. minced garlic

4 c. leftover cooked quinoa

1 container ricotta cheese (2 lb)

1 packet Knorr pesto sauce mix – or Italian seasoning and Parmesian cheese

1 egg

1 package (8 oz) shredded Italian 6 cheese

SAM_3070I bought some fresh gluten free lasagna noodles.  It didn’t say how many sheets are in the package, so I worried that I couldn’t make enough layers, so I decided to try something new, inspired by pastitsio. By the way, the package has 12 sheets, enough for three layers!

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I cook the sauce overnight in the crock pot.  This step isn’t necessary, but it certainly adds another layer of flavor that can’t be replicated any other way.

Day 1:  The Sauce:

2-3 lb. ground meat, browned and drained (I cook and freeze cooked ground meat when it’s on sale)

2 onions, chopped

3 medium tomatoes, chopped

2 c. chopped sweet peppers

1 jar marinara

2 Tbsp. pesto

2 Tbsp. minced garlic

Combine ingredients in crock put.  Cook overnight 8-10 hours on low.  The house will smell amazing.

Day 2:  The Lasagna –

4 c. leftover cooked quinoa

2 c. cooked sauce

Combine quinoa and sauce.  Add a little more sauce if it looks too dry.

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1 container ricotta cheese (2 lb)

1 packet Knorr pesto sauce mix – or Italian seasoning and Parmesian cheese

1 egg

Combine cheese, pesto sauce mix and egg.

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Spray DEEP lasagna dish, and spread quinoa mixture into bottom.  Top with layer of half of the ricotta.

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Place layer of noodles on top of ricotta.

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Top with sauce in a thin layer.

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Top with layer of noodles.

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Top with remaining ricotta.

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Layer the last of the noodles.

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Top with remaining sauce and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

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Bake at 350 for 45-55 minutes.

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We really loved this.  My daughter suggested stuffing peppers with a quinoa mixture like I used for the first layer and I can’t wait to try it.

I made garlic toast using Texas toast multigrain bread and premade garlic spread.

Yummy!

3 lb. ground turkey

1 package Chop Salad (any kind – keep the dressing and toppings for another time)

1 package frozen seasoning vegetables (onions, peppers, celery, and parsley)

1 can black beans

1 can white corn

2 pouches Frontera Lime Cilantro sauce – this is our favorite Rick Bayless sauce – all natural ingredients you can pronounce!

2 pouches Minute Multi-grain medley (uncooked)

Optional toppings:  Lettuce, tomato, avocado, red pepper, shredded cheese, black bean dip, etc.!

Brown meat.  Add veggies chop salad and seasoning and cook until softened.  Add sauce and cook in the crock pot 6-8 hours on low.  About 30 minutes before serving, turn crock pot to high and add in multi-grain.  It will absorb the extra liquid.  Heat tortillas and let everyone make their own burritos!

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1 lb. hot Italian sausage

1 package Simply Potatoes Steakhouse Seasoned Diced Potatoes

1 c. coarsely chopped peppers (I used  mini sweet red, yellow, and orange)

1 package broccoli slaw

1 sweet onion, coarsely chopped

1 can diced tomatoes

2 Tbsp. olive oil or other flavorful oil (I used walnut oil)

Remove casing, cut into little pieces, and brown sausage.  Add in fresh veggies and oil.  Cover and cook over medium low until veggies are slightly softened (about 15 minutes).  Add canned tomatoes and simmer about 15-30 minutes more over low.

I didn’t add seasoning, because the sausage and potatoes were seasoned.

Easy add ins:  squash, mushrooms, cabbage, spinach, any veggie! A great way to use up leftovers!  This could also be cooked in the crock pot, but I would still brown the sausage first to give it a nice crust.

I served this with quinoa and green lentils cooked in the rice cooker.

This got rave reviews!!

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1 c. green lentils

1 c. quinoa

4 c. water or broth

2 Tbsp. butter

Cook in rice cooker according to brown rice directions.

2-3 lb. hot Italian sausage, casing removed, and broken up into bite size pieces

2 packages frozen Trader Joe’s grilled peppers and onions

1 package frozen Trader Joe’s mushrooms in garlic sauce

2 cans coconut milk

3 Tbsp. green curry paste

1 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning

1/2 c. seasoned bread crumbs

Combine sausage, one package of peppers and onions, mushrooms, coconut milk and curry paste in crock pot. Cook on low 8-10 hours.

Add remaining package of grilled peppers and onions about 30 minutes before serving.

Add bread crumbs to thicken, if necessary.

This was delicious!  Another no leftovers meal.  I decided to try the quinoa/lentil mixture I’ve been reading so much about.  The kids loved it.

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2 1/4 c. cake flour

1/3 c. raw millet

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. yogurt (I used strawberry on the bottom greek style)

2 eggs

1/2 c. melted butter

1/2 c. honey

2 Tbsp. key lime juice

1 c. fresh  blueberries

Preheat oven to 375 F and line muffin tins with paper liners sprayed with coconut oil.  I only filled them halfway, so I got 24.

Combine dry ingredients and set aside.

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Whisk eggs lightly, add in yogurt, buter, honey and juice.

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Gently stir wet ingredients into dry ones just until combined.  Do not overmix.

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Fold in blueberries.

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Spoon batter into muffin tins.

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Bake for 15-18 minutes until nice and brown.

Trader Joe’s writes that this delicious dressing is made in California with golden Champagne vinegar, sweet Anjou pear purée, tangy bits of creamy Gorgonzola cheese and hints of cinnamon and brown sugar.  I marinated chicken cutlets in it and froze them.  I thawed them and baked them tonight.  I like to roll my chicken cutlets to keep them moist.

I baked them at 325 for 25 minutes.  Meanwhile I browned onions, peppers and garlic in olive oil.  I added in 2 cups of pearl couscous, and cooked until that was golden as well.    Add 3 1/2 c of boiling water.  Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

Healthier than our usual fare.  I will be working on providing nutritional information as much as possible.  My son in law is counting carbs, so we always will be paying attention to that.  He is to limit his carb intake to 35 to 45 mg per meal.

1/3 c. of couscous has 39 g.

The dressing nutritional info is as follows:
champagne pear vinaigrette nutrition info

Happy healthy eating!

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4 C. cooked cous cous

1 package sugar snap peas, cut in 1 inch pieces

1 pint variety grape, cherry, or mini heirloom tomatoes, cut in half

1/4 c. ginger sesame dressing

I happened to have leftover cous cous.  It was time for another salad for the hot days of Florida summer!  I had sugar snap peas and tomatoes on hand, and thought, why not?

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I cut the sugar snap peas into 1 inch pieces

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I combined with delicious, colorful tomatoes.

The kids loved this.  This recipe is a keeper!

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