Bobby Flay's Greek Quinoa Salad
If you are a fan of traditional Greek Salad and you are not sure if you like quinoa or have never tried it; this will make you a quinoa-a-holic!
Step 1 | Dressing:
Whisk dressing ingredients together.
Let sit at room temperature while you prepare the salad.
Step 2 | Quinoa:
Rinse quinoa in a strainer until the water runs clear. Combine quinoa, 2 cups water, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper in a small saucepan, bring to a boil and cook until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.
Transfer quinoa to a bowl and fluff with a fork and let sit for five minutes to cool slightly
Step 3 | Add all these ingredients:
Step 4 | Feta for sprinkling
Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours before serving. The longer it sits, the better the flavor. Just before serving, transfer to a platter and sprinkle feta on top.
Variations: What is in your refrigerator? The first time I made this recipe I used carrots, diced pepperoncinis, tomatoes, cucumbers, some kalamata olives and sprinkled it with Feta. Yum! His dressing is so delicious that you can add any of your salad favorites. Be creative!
Toss spinach and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl. Slice avocado and salmon over salad. Mix/whisk the salad dressing ingredients together and pour over salad and gently toss. Makes 2 dinner portions or 6 side portions.
I like to toss dressing and spinach then allow guests/family to add their own amounts of seeds, avocados and salmon on top.
Sun Dried Tomato Hummus
Add all ingredients to blender and blend on low until smooth. If the mixture is too dry, add a little extra olive oil one-two tablespoons at a time. After that add a little bit of water if necessary. Hummus tastes great with pita bread of course, but don’t miss the opportunity to try it with sliced colorful bell peppers, carrots and broccoli.
Cooking dried beans for bean recipes is easy. The benefits are: easy, inexpensive (about $1.00 a bag), more nutritious, not processed, less sodium. Follow the dried bean recipe on the bag but it is as easy as rinsing beans, soaking and boiling in a pot with water and salt.
Black Bean Wraps
I actually prefer this over brown rice and it makes a darn good wrap. The recipe calls for 12, 8 in reduced fat flour tortillas (consider whole wheat or corn). Brown rice is the healthier choice of course. Either way, serve with a side of broccoli and make an already healthy meal healthier. I have skipped the bell pepper simply because I did not have any on hand and it still tastes delicious! Improvise.
12, 8-inch fat-free or reduced fat tortillas
In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add bell peppers, garlic, oregano and cumin. Cook and stir until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans and vinegar. Cook until thickened, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Mash some of the beans with the back side of a large spoon. Heat tortillas, spoon in filling, wrap and serve.
Try the over brown rice option too. Slice fresh avocado on top!
Makes 4 cups or 6 servings, each 400 calories, 18 g protein,3 g fat,600 mg sodium and 7 g fiber.
Make meatballs in larger batches and freeze them for fast and easy meals. They are most useful to my husband when he wants something fast. He knows they are already cooked and in the freezer. I use turkey most of the time.
Mix all ingredients until well blended. Not too much or too smooth because over mixing makes them too dense. Roll into medium size balls- about 1.5 inches round. You can pan cook, but I prefer the easy and less messy route by placing them on a canola oil wiped cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes. Roll over once 1/2 way during cooking. Make sure they are cooked through.
Basic Chicken Marinade
This marinade will give you restaurant tender andy tasty chicken. I have found this is no fail with a 6-8 hour marinate. The other reason I like this recipe is because of the person that gave it to me; Dr. Ana Roman, in Houston Texas. I told her one day she was a strong woman, and she replied, “take a look at yourself.” That was a great day!
Marinate chicken 15 min.- 8 hrs.
3 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
Whisk ingredients together. Pour over chicken in a plastic bag and make sure it is evenly coated.
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