Shrimp Quinoa with Spinach

Quinoa has become one of my favorite foods so much that I am cooking it on a regular basis.This is a shrimp quinoa served with a sauteed spinach and peppers.Who said healthy food is boring.

Ingredients
4 cups cooked quinoa
1/2 pound shrimp
4 green onions sliced
1/2 green pepper cut into strips
1/2 cup flat Italian parsley
21/2 tbsp soy sauce
4 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
1 tbsp Moroccan spice
1 tsp curry powder
2 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves of minced garlic
1 tsp fresh ginger minced
1 carrot sliced
5 cups of spinach
1/2 red pepper sliced
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder

Method

  • In a heated wok add 1 tbsp olive oil an cook 2 cloves garlic and ginger for 1 minute.Add curry powder, Moroccan spice and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add the white portion of green onion and carrots ,cook for 2 minutes or until carrot is cooked but not too soft.
  • Add green pepper, flat leaf parsley and green portion of scallions to wok and cook for 15 seconds.
  • Add cooked quinoa to wok, add soy sauce and pepper, cook for 1 minute.Make sure you continue to stir to prevent from sticking.
  • In another heated pan, add olive oil and cook shrimp until it turns pink for about 7 minutes.While cooking shrimp add tsp of garlic powder, 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper.
  • When shrimp is done add it to quinoa and add cherry tomatoes and 1 tsp of lemon juice to the same wok.Mix gently
  • In another pan heat olive oil and add 1 clove garlic.Cook garlic for 30 seconds
  • Add spinach, sliced red pepper and a sprinkle of soy sauce.Cook until spinach is wilted for about 3 minutes.
  • Serve spinach over quinoa.

Yummy brussels sprouts!

When it comes to green veggies I tend to buy the same kind like spinach,broccoli or kale.I have started a new thing where I have to add something new to my dinner rotation each week.This week while at the grocery store I spotted brussels sprouts.I admit I was a little intimidated by the vegetable since I had never made it before and it has a reputation of being bitter.I started to imagine how good they would look on my plate since they have a nice green color and cute shape.After some research I found a simple recipe that has now turned me into a brussels sprout fan.Try this and you will join the brussels sprout fan club too.

Ingredients
1/2 pound brussels sprouts
I clove garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp butter

Method

  • Remove stems and outer leaves of brussels sprouts .Cut each sprout into half and cook in salted boiling water for 3 min.
  • Drain sprouts and add olive oil and butter to heated pan.
  • Add minced garlic into pan and cook for for 30seconds.
  • Add brussels sprouts to garlic,add pepper and cook for 3 minutes or until sprouts start browning.
  • Remove from heat and serve warm.

Banana Bread Muffins

There are certain items that I always buy when I make my weekly trip to the grocery store,one of them is bananas.Bananas are not my favorite fruit but I find that they make a great snack in between meals,I usually put one in my bag for those times when I am craving something sweet.I always end up with too many bananas so I find the best way to use ripe bananas is to make banana bread.I have a quick and simple recipe that is almost impossible to mess up.If you have a sweet tooth, a cream cheese frosting is great.All you need is cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar.

Ingredients

11/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
3  bananas mashed
1/4 cup melted butter
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1 egg, beaten

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Mix melted butter and mashed bananas in a large bowl.
  • Mix in sugar, egg and vanilla
  • Add baking soda and salt and mix
  • Add the flour last and mix
  • Pour mixture into 4×8 inch loaf pan or into muffin pan and bake for 1 hour.

The Cape coat

The Cape coat

A cape is used to describe any sleeveless outer garment.Capes were very common in Medieval Europe and they have since returned as a fashion item.
I particularly love a wool cape with a wide belt on the waste to create some shape.Capes look great with opaque tights or skinny jeans,stay away from any wide leg pants.For work I would suggest pairing it with a pencil skirt and minimal jewellery.
So ladies, the next time you are shopping for coats try the trendy cape coat.They are a sure way to look chic in cool weather.

Steve madden coat
$100 – macys.com

Cape coat
$100 – modcloth.com

Jolt camel cashmere coat
$78 – nordstrom.com

Yellow coat
$59 – romwe.com

Fried rice with tofu

I love fried rice from Chinese restaurants so much that I have tried to imitate the dish a few times with little or no success.Although my attempts tasted good they always seemed to be missing something.After doing some research online I have finally figured out how to make fried rice that resembles take out fried rice except a little healthier.I prefer to use leftover rice as it is not to soft and mushy however you can use freshly made rice if you wish.This recipe is full of flavour and tofu can be substituted with chicken or shrimp.


Ingredients
2 cups uncooked basmati rice
1 1/2 cup firm tofu cubed
2 eggs beaten
1 cup green onions sliced
1 cup frozen peas and carrots
1 tsp ginger & 2 tsp garlic minced
1 tbsp curry powder
3 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1/4 cup olive oil

Preparation

  • Cook rice per package directions and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large wok and add tofu.Cook tofu for about 7 minutes or until lightly browned and remove from wok.
  • Add eggs into wok,make sure you break egg into small pieces and remove from wok when done.
  • Add 1 tbsp olive oil and saute’ onions, peas, carrots, garlic, ginger and curry powder for 3 minutes.
  • While veggie mixture cooks, mix soy sauce, oyster sauce and sesame oil.
  • Add cooked rice to wok and cook for 2 minutes, make sure to stir it constantly to prevent sticking.
  • Add tofu ,egg, soy sauce mixture and cook for a minute.
  • Garnish with thinly sliced green onions if you like.

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