Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Slashed in half...

Morning everyone!  Continuing my batch of healthy and SUPER QUICK dinners this week, we had another  crazy easy dinner on tap last night: Corn & Green Onion Quinoa (based on this recipe)...

And this dinner was made even EASIER by all of the 'prep work' I had done the other day....hence my tower of TupperwareJ 

And it was a good thing I didn't have to do *TOO* much last night, as I had tried to chop up some more red onions to make another Mediterranean Veggie Wrap for lunch in the afternoon and managed to thinly slice my thumb in the process.... 
*OUCH!*

Annnnyway....so this super easy recipe started by combining some diced green onions & frozen roasted corn in a pan with a couple tablespoons of butter... 

I can. not. wait for Jersey sweet corn (one of the few things I enjoy about summerJ), but in the mean time, this roasted corn (or any frozen corn) worked perfectly...

After the corn & onions heated for a few minutes, I added into the pan 1 1/2 cups of pre-cooked quinoa.... 
Quinoa cooks in about 15-20 minutes (simmered in boiling water), but by having the quinoa already ready, it slashed my cooking time in HALF.  It's an easy step to take to save you those precious few extra minutes and it does not affect the taste or texture AT ALL.

Finally, the last ingredient I had made in advance was the lemon honey vinaigrette... 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, microplaned or finely minced
  • 1 1/4 tablespoon honey
  • salt & pepper
Then all had to do was heat everything up together!  How quick is THAT???

And in the few minutes it took for the quinoa and marinade to heat together, I was able to wash up all of the dishes...(always a bonus, right??)

...and even had a small visitor come say helloJ

4 minutes later:  Dinner was served!

It has taken me...awhile, but I think I'm FINALLY a quinoa convert!  Like couscous, it's a blank palate that you can add any ingredients to flavor it up.  But unlike couscous, quinoa is actually a PROTEIN source, not a grain.  Which makes it not only tasty but FILLING.
And I loveddd the combo of sweet corn, tangy lemon & mellow green onions.  Even SCOTT was a fan!  I was impressedJ

And to round out our night, I MUSTTTT show you this dessert that we have been OBSESSED with lately!
I had picked up this box of Stonyfield yogurt pops with some trepidation.  I thought the chocolate would taste fake and the yogurt would give these pops an icy, bland taste. 
WRONG-O!  These babies are AMAAZING!!!  THICK, chocolate-y on the outside and sweet, vanilla bean cream on the inside.  You would NEVER KNOW they were made with nonfat yogurt!  And with the chocolate layer being organic & healthy dark, Scott pretty much declared these health foodJ

Hahahahaha...and while, no, they are not health food...they are still none too shabby in the 'facts' department.  170 calories for a chocolate dipped ice cream bar is PRETTY darn good.  Most similar products are more than DOUBLE that! 

So if you want a lower calorie, but still CRAZY delicious dessert option, try these bars!  Me thinks you won't be disappointed.  Perfect for the approaching season! 

Alright, well I better skedaddle as I'm seeing 2 tiny eyelids starting to pop open:)  Have a good Wednesday, everyone!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Welcome back and so glad that beautiful baby is getting face time on here! She is just so precious, can't wait to see her in person! Miss you lots! Kristin L

Amee Livingston said...

This quinoa dish sounds soooo good Donna!!!! Oh and that sweet baby girl is so precious!!! :)

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