Lunch: Week Two, Day Two

OK, last post today, I promise. 🙂

So far I’ve put away half of my water for the day and I did end up having a snack. I had string cheese and black berries. Not just any old string cheese mind you. I picked up a pack of Kraft Tomato and Basil string cheese last week at the store. They were on sale and I had a coupon so why not? Let me just say…WOW! These are the best string cheese sticks I’ve ever had! Immediately I could see that these would be AMAZING in one of those recipes where you take a chunk of cheese stick and fold it up in the middle of a bit of bread dough and bake it. These babies were MADE for that application and more! So delicious! And the snack tided me over to lunch perfectly!

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Today’s lunch was YUMMY! It featured one of my new favorite grains Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wa). It’s delicious and has this wonderful texture that’s kind of hard to explain. Kind of like little berries popping in your mouth? You just need to try it for yourself. A little bit goes a long way too.  I cooked up one serving (1/4 C dry) of the Quinoa which filled up about half of my plate then I topped it with some wonderful sauteed veggies and black beans. It’s so easy to cook up too! Water, quinoa and about 12 min. is all it takes!

I sauteed the veggies in olive oil. I like my veg to caramelize some so I give them time to do that. I started with the mushrooms too as there is a lot of moisture to cook out of them. Let your shrooms sit in the pan without moving them around a lot at first too. I put mine in and then went about slicing my zucchini and draining the beans and corn before I stirred them around. When they started to get a golden tinge to them I added the corn and cooked that until it started to pop a bit in the skillet. Then I added the zucchini and again, let it sit until it started to caramelize. I added in the beans at the end and allowed them to warm though. Seasoned with salt and pepper and it was ready to serve!

I plated up the Quinoa then added the veggies on top and served it along side some bananas and Mandarin Oranges! Yummy! A glass of milk on the side and I was set. Image

Of course once I was finished eating the phone rang. The boy was sick and needed to come home. A day in the life…right?

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  1. Michelle M. says:

    I tried Quinoa for the first time today too. I’ve seen so many recipes on pinterest that I was curious what it was like.

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    1. I first cooked it this spring when my daughter-in-law, a vegetarian, was over for a gathering. I was looking for something with some protein in it. I fell in love! How about you? Do you like it?

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