In line with my meal planning I have been scanning Pinterest for some good recipes. I came across this one for quinoa pizza bites and added it to the to make list!
I adjusted the original recipe to go with what I had and not use too many of my precious farm fresh eggs. This is what I came up with and it was pretty darn delicious!
Quinoa Pizza Casserole – serves 4-6
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped fine
- 1 clove garlic, pressed
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp italian herbs or your own blend of oregano, sage, thyme, rosemary and marjoram
- 1 tsp dried basil – fresh would be better but we had none on hand
- 1/3 cup hummus – I used a “pizza” hummus that a tried to make earlier in the week, basically just tastes like oregano so I think any hummus would work – I used it as a binder more than a flavoring
- 1 egg
- 1 cup grated cheddar/mozzarella/whatever mild cheese ya got
- 1 small can of diced tomatoes – I used more tomatoes from NC
- couple grinds of S&P
- Cook quinoa in 2 cups of water until all of the water is dissolved
- Coat 9×9 baking dish with olive oil and pre-heat oven to 350
- mix all ingredients while the quinoa is cooking
- mix in the quinoa and spot check to make sure everything is evenly mixed
- spread evenly in your dish and bake for 40-45min
- let cool for 5min and then scoop it out to enjoy!
This was super simple because quinoa is such a fast cooking grain! AND it tasted like…wait for it…pizza! Obviously not exactly but the flavors were there.
Along with the casserole I made some garlic knots with leftover empanada/pizza dough and cooked down some mixed dark greens with smoked paprika.
Love garlic knots!
What have you found on Pinterest lately that has inspired you? Do you pin?
Bummer we have kickball at 9pm tonight. At least it is the last time for the season. That means I will hopefully be in bed by 11…ugh. Oh well at least it is going to be Friday!!!!
Note: What is Alicia Keys wearing at the Yankee’s game????
I am not a New York fan. My mom lives 45min away from the city and I never have the desire to go in. The buildings are too tall and block the sun, there is no green space except Central Park, which has no native plants…long story (See “The World Without Us”). It is dirty and dangerous. I guess I am just a burbs girl at heart, but I would like a little town where I live near the center and able to walk.
OK tangent done.
Back to my eats!
While eating this it made me think of The Botany of Desire from last night and how every seed in my apple would produce a different tasting apple from the one I was eating, and that apple used to only be of bitter varieties to make hard cider.
When I got home I fed Sissy, had a spoon on PB (yep, I did!) and then headed out for a short run. I did about 4.5 miles because I got out of work late and I needed to make dinner before heading to kickball.
For dinner I wanted to use some ravioli, but then I realized I had a pasta bake on the menu for tomorrow…I still made the ravioli, but I cut back the number I ate and added a ton more veggies than I would get with just the regular pasta sauce I was planning on using.
The final product. The sauce was veggie broth, balsamic, thyme, oregano, onion, mushrooms and cauliflower. I poured this over 3 artichoke ravioli. I also had a piece of WW flax butt with melted goat gouda. Overall a very white and brown menu, but still loaded with veggies and complex carbs. Nick had some shrimp on his.
Gah! I did it again! Erased my post by clicking something and then typing…not really sure how I did it…annoying…starting over…
The Botany of Desire with M. Pollan is on MDPtv right now and I really wanted to get back to it!
My morning was a little hectic and I didn’t get to my lunch until 1pm. Good thing I popped some prunes before me meeting I will spare you the picture today.
When I did get to lunch my beanie deliciousness did not disappoint.
Leftover bean enchilada, salad with carrots, maters, sprouts and chipotle hummus for dressing.
Because I didn’t get to have lunch until later I wasn’t very hungry for my snack, but knew I needed to eat something before my run. I had my apple during the car ride home.
I had planned on going to the gym and doing intervals, but it was so nice out when I left work I thought I might as well run outside. 72 degrees and partially cloudy, how could I not run outside??? Someone smack me next time I try to go to the gym on a nice day…crazy I tell you! My fingers didn’t even get cold!
I ended up doing about 6.2 miles, core work, push ups and dips.
Then it was dinner time!!!
I knew I wanted to use some maple apple sausage and southern greens, but I didn’t know how. This is what I came up with…
Quinoa base cooked in veggie broth. Southern blend greens cooked in simmered onion, garlic, apple and veggie broth. One sausage. This was actually pretty good and very fall! I might let the leftovers heat up together to get the flavors to meld a little bit more next time. I will see if that makes the flavors a little bit more bold.
Back to the Botany! While watching I consumed a lovely ice cream sandwich!
Alright I am going to hang out with M.P., Nick and Sicily. Next I think we the potato…always a questionable starch. Sour cream anyone?
Nick Night! <3
Well I am sure glad I brought my plants in last night! Frost Warning! Yuck! The week is supposed to warm up but I will believe it when I see it!
So I just realized that I forgot to wrap up yesterday! Whoops.
It was basically a whole lot of too much snacking throughout the day.
#1 Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bars – the extras are going with me to the office to hangout by the coffee machine.
These were really moist and delicious and had more than once piece.
A 1/4 of this giant honeycrisp apple in Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. + 2 finger dips.
Snack #5 – could call this dinner.
So enough snacks, finally onto breakfast!
When I was in TJs yesterday I was the one who grabbed the last 2 jars of pumpkin butter! Yep, I have no shame. I went all the way there because I knew it was back. I had to stock up!
I can’t wait to run outside this afternoon! It is finally not raining!!!! Woohoo!