Quinoa Eeech

This recipe is a quick, tasty, and healthy summer dish to have on hand. My family has made eeech as far back as I remember (probably not how it's spelled, but that's how I like to spell it!) Eeech is traditionally made with bulgar, which is a healthy whole grain, but it is also cracked wheat and contains gluten. Since I have been trying to lay of the big G, I usually make this dish with quinoa! It tastes the same, is gluten free, and is a complete protein! I made a quick batch last night, so I thought I would share the recipe!

Makes 4 servings 

2 T olive oil 1/2 cup chopped onions 1/4 cup tomato paste mixed with 3/4 cup water 1 cup dry quinoa 2 cups water 1 t salt 1/2 t garlic powder 

In a medium pot, sauté the onions in olive oil over medium heat. While that cooks up, mix the tomato paste with water until it becomes like a sauce. Once the onions are cooked and translucent, add the tomato paste mixture. 

Bring this to a boil, then lower the heat to medium. Add the quinoa, water, salt, and garlic powder. 

Cover the pot over medium heat and let that simmer for about 30-40 minutes until the quinoa is cooked and the water is gone.

 

And here is the finished product! Lovely fluffed quinoa in a yummy tomato sauce!! This is the perfect light dinner and is usually served chilled, which is perfect on a summer night! It can also be paired with some hard boiled eggs for some added protein!! Here are the nutrition facts if anyone is interested: 

Makes 4 servings: 1 serving contains 250 calories, 9g fat, 36g carbs, 4g fiber, 7.5g protein! 

Enjoy this recipe and this beautiful Tuesday everyone!

Southwest Quinoa Salad

January is the month of resolutions and goals, right? Well, this year, my hubby and I have resolved to spend less money. A tempting place for me to spend way more that I need to is on groceries. So, we are going on a "grocery diet." Of course we all need to eat, but I tend to get a little too excited at grocery stores and spend wayyyy more than I ever intended to spend. I am determined to use up all we have at home before entering the tempting arena of Trader Joe's. SO, that's meant a lot more creativity on my end to put meals together! Last night, I whipped up this easy southwest quinoa salad in under 30 minutes and it turned out delicious and was even husband-approved!

I try to keep some staples on hand at all times such as: quinoa, beans, veggies, rice, and hummus. If you have these things...anything can go down in the kitchen. Here is the recipe, and there is also a cooking video at the bottom so you can watch how it's done! 

 

All you'll need for this recipe is: 

1 cup red quinoa (or white, I just like the red)

2 cups water or vegetable broth

1 can black beans, rinsed, low sodium if possible

1-2 cups chopped red and yellow bell peppers

1 cup kale

1/4-1/3 cup fresh salsa (or more depending on how saucy you like it!)

Avocado to add on top!

 

First things first, cook the quinoa with water. Bring to a boil, then simmer and cover for about 20-25 minutes. Take off the stove and let it cool. 

Once the quinoa has cooled, toss with the black beans, peppers, kale, and salsa. Of course, you can get creative and add whatever other veggies you like!

I served mine up with some avocado on top...so yum! 

 

See? Super easy, healthy, and delicious! I hope you guys enjoy the recipe! Stayed tuned for more easy and affordable meal ideas coming your way!