Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Potato Quinoa Stew

There is nothing I love more than a hot bowl of stew! At my house we eat either homemade soup or a stew at least once a week.  I made a big pot of it so we can also eat it for lunch through the week.   What I love about this soup is that the quinoa is a great source of plant based protein for my family...oh, and it tastes AMAZING!!

So, here is our stew from last night and from my lunch about 20 minutes ago!!

6 organic potatoes cubed with skin
1 organic onion chopped finely
3 organic carrots chopped
3 cloves organic garlic choppd
2 cups white beans
4 cups organic veggie stock
4 cups purified water
2 cups organic non dairy milk (I used rice)
1 cup uncooked organic quinoa (rinsed) 
2 tsp white pepper
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbs  dill
1/4 cup white wine (or more if needed)
2 tbs non dairy cream cheese (optional)

Saute the garlic and onion in the white wine until tender, add more wine as needed to saute.  Add the spices and saute until incorporated.  Add the veggie broth and water and bring to a boil.  Add the potatoes, carrots and beans and quinoa.   Boil for about 5 minutes then turn to a low simmer.  Simmer on low for about 1/2 an hour.  In the last 10 minutes of cooking add the milk and cream cheese (if you want it a little creamier).  Stir well a few times during the simmering.  Serve piping hot with a salad or a piece of gluten free toast!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

BIG SALAD: Black Bean Apple Onion with walnuts

It's almost 11:00 pm and I just went to my fridge for a late night snack.  I couldn't resist finishing off the leftovers from my "big salad" I made tonight.  I'm sure I will regret eating red onion this late at night but I just had to have a few more bites of this fab creation!

Black Bean Apple Onion with Walnut Salad:
Combine all the following into a large salad bowl:
1 large head organic romaine lettuce  finely chopped
1/2 organic red onion diced
1 organic cucumber cut into thin slices
1/2 cup raw walnuts chopped
1-2 organic red delicious apple cut into thin slices

In a sepearte bowl combine:
2 cups black beans
1/2 cup vegan mayo
tablespoon hot sauce
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Stir all the ingredients well and pour over the veggies, nuts and apples.  Toss the salad well and devour, I mean enjoy !!

(I wish I had a picture to show you.......but it was eaten too fast to capture the moment)