June 1, 2011 § 3 Comments
My friend moved to Fort Collins, Colorado last year and I went to visit over the weekend. It was filled with fun and of course, delicious food. (I’ll go into more details later. For now, let’s focus on this salad.) Not only is quinoa delicious, it’s actually nutritious and easy to make.
Why it’s nutritious
“When NASA scientists were searching decades ago for an ideal food for long-term human space missions, they came across an Andean plant called quinoa. With an exceptional balance of amino acids, quinoa, they declared, is virtually unrivaled in the plant or animal kingdom for its life-sustaining nutrients.”– New York Times (an article about the origins of quinoa and current dilemma in Bolivia)
Quinoa has a chewy texture with a nutty flavor. It’s often mistaken for a grain, but it’s actually related to beets and spinach. The textures and flavors worked well and it’s easy to adapt your favorite nuts and fruits to this dish. We made it for dinner and savored every bite.
Give quinoa a try! You will be pleasantly surprised. 🙂
- 1 cup of quinoa
- 2 cups of vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- ~2 loose cups of chopped spinach
- 1/4 cup of cranberries
- 1/4 cup of currants
- 1/4 cup of azuki beans (unsweetened)
- 2 tbsp almond slices
- 2 small garlic cloves
- juice from 1/2 lemon (~2 tbsp)
- 2 tsp of maple syrup or agave
- 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: boil quinoa with vegetable broth (your package should come with instructions or follow this great video)
Step 2: in a bowl, add in all your ingredients in order listed and mix
May 27, 2011 § 2 Comments
YOU BAR Review Summary:
Taste: My bar tasted good. It’s hard to complain since I chose the ingredients, but I would have liked more cherries.
Cost: $22 (includes shipping and the Groupon); Roughly $1.69 per bar (normally ~$3.50/bar)
Recommendation: The quality is good. It’s also really cool to choose the ingredients and have your own label. However, without the Groupon, it’s a bit pricey for my liking. If you have the money, you should give it a try!
Earlier this month, there was a deal on Groupon (spend $10 for $25 on the YouBar website). I checked out the site and decided to give it a try.
They provide a wide selection of ingredients and a digital nutrition label on the same page which calculates every item you select. After, you can choose the name of your bar. I couldn’t think of anything more creative than “Sherene’s Bar.”
I ordered rushed shipping and then realized that they were also in Los Angeles. 13 bars arrived in a well cushioned box the next day. I wasn’t in THAT much of a rush, but it’s good to know they care about customer service. (Most people don’t make that a priority.)
Overall it was a good experience. 🙂
Ordering Process and Ingredient Choices:
Seven steps taken directly from the website.
Choose one or two
(We recommend selecting dates with any nut butter. The combination makes for a healthy custom energy bar that has excellently balanced nutrition and texture.)
(For a nutrition bar packed with more protein select extra protein and/or large bar at the top of the page.)
(For a nutrition bar high in omega 3 fatty acids we recommend adding organic flaxseeds.)
(Unless otherwise specified, all dried fruits and berries are unsweetened.)
(The addition of a sweetener will ensure a great texture for your protein bar. To keep down the sugar content of your nutrition bar, choose ‘Not Too Sweet’.)
(Unsweetened cocoa goes perfectly with any custom protein bar.)
(Customize the texture of your custom granola bar with these three great options.)
Choose one item, if desired:
(The All-One Vitamin Infusion is the perfect addition to any nutrition bar to ensure you get the vitamins needed to stay healthy.)
May 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
I bought these popsicle molds a year ago and finally decided to try them. I wasn’t a big fan of honeydew until I had the Korean melon pop. It’s a creamy honeydew flavored popsicle, refreshing and perfect on a hot day.
Yesterday my mom gave me some honeydew so I decided to make my version. When I took a bite, it felt like being sprinkled with cool water on a hot day.
It’s simple and delicious! The hardest thing was waiting for them to freeze.
I bought these from Bed, Bath and Beyond. They come with sipping straws attached to the base, which have been useless. These look cooler.
- 1/4 of a medium-sized honeydew melon
- 2 tsp of brown sugar
- 1 tbsp of honey
- 1/2 cup of non-fat greek yogurt
Step 1: blend honeydew and set aside
Step 2: in a bowl, mix sugar, honey and yogurt
Step 3: pour honeydew mixture covering 80% of the mold
Step 4: evenly divide the yogurt mixture into each mold covering remaining 20%
Step 5: with a knife or stick (I used chopstick) swirl yogurt inside mold
Step 6: freeze for 4-5 hours