One Pan Mexican Quinoa

If you know me, you’ll know that I don’t consider myself a good cook. I struggle sometimes in coming up with easy to make dishes that the whole family will enjoy.  So when I found this vegan one pan Mexican quinoa recipe on Facebook the other day it looked easy enough to make so I  thought I’d give it a try.  Let me tell you it was the best vegan dish I have ever made. Actually it’s the only vegan dish I have ever made…lol! (Side note, we are not vegan but I do try to cook healthy and watch portions and all that good stuff)  I was just amazed at how good this recipe turned out and even more amazed and happily surprised that my family loved it.  So I thought I’d share it with you.

I’ve listed the ingredients and included a video below for you to watch (video not my own, it was on Facebook and Youtube).  But I have to warn you, you may want to double up on the ingredients because you will definitely want seconds! 🙂

  • 1 – 1 1/2 cup of onions
  • Jalapeños (I didn’t have any so I used about 1 cup of chopped green bell pepper)
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup of Quinoa
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder (I used 1/2 tsp)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • chopped cilantro to sprinkle on top
  • chopped green onion to sprinkle on top
  • Lime
  • Avocado
  • Salt and pepper to taste (optional)

Instructions: In a large skillet sauté the onion and jalapeños (or bell pepper) in olive oil then add corn, beans, diced tomatoes, quinoa, cumin, chili powder and vegetable broth. Stir then cover and simmer on low for about 20 minutes or until liquid has evaporated. Watch closely so that it doesn’t burn or stick to the skillet.

Once the liquid is gone, stir and serve in a bowl and top with cilantro and/or green onions, lime juice and avocado.  Bon Appétit!

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One Pot Creamy Garlic Pasta

A few days ago I came across this recipe on Facebook and thought “that’s looks pretty darn good”. So I picked up a few of the ingredients I was lacking and went to work. The recipe is from Favorite Family Recipes and can be found HERE.  I’ve went ahead and listed the ingredients for you anyways. Let me just say this was the best tasting pasta recipe I’ve tried in a long time and it is very easy to make.

  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 (14oz) cans of chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 lb. pasta noodles – uncooked
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. basil (I used the fresh, chopped,  not dried, basil leaves)
  • 2/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 4 cups broccoli (this can be optional)
  • 2 chicken breasts, grilled (if you can’t grill the chicken you can cut them up in bit size pieces, season with Italian seasoning and sauté in olive oil.

Please see the steps noted below each picture.

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Season the chicken and sauté in olive oil. Once cooked move aside.

Saute the minced garlic in the melted butter

In a large skillet heat butter and add garlic. Cook for about a minute

Add broth

Add broth

Add milk

Add milk

Add pasta noodles

Add pasta noodles

Add butter

Add butter

Add chopped fresh basil (it smells so good)

Add chopped fresh basil (it smells so good)

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Add broccoli

 

Add salt and pepper to taste. I misread the instructions and added 1 tsp of salt . It still turned out good.

Add salt and pepper to taste. I misread the instructions and added 1 tsp of salt . It still turned out good.

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**Bring it all to a boil then simmer until liquid has evaporated some. You may add more milk if you like to make it more creamy.

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Voila! Super yummy! I guarantee you will go back for seconds! Enjoy!

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Healing Salve

Thought I’d share this quick and easy recipe I found online.  My daughter had a patch of dry itchy skin on her arm and when the doctor looked at it she said it was eczema. She recommended an over the counter cream to apply but I thought “nah, I’ll make my own and its not gonna have any harsh ingredients either”.  So I came across this Miracle Salve Recipe at Primally Inspired and it is so easy to make.  I did have to substitute a few things since I didn’t have the exact ingredients on hand.

  • 3 Tbs Beeswax Pellets (order here)
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil (order here)
  • 1/2 up Avocado Oil (*I used a combination of sweet almond -purchased at Sprouts and jojoba oil – ordered here)
  • 2 Tbs Shea butter (order here)
  • 20 drops of essential oils (see the recipe link above for the different kinds of essential oils recommended. For this recipe I used Lavender, Geranium an Lemon because it was the closest I had to the eczema blend that is recommended in the recipe). I purchase my oils from Young Living.

Picture list of items used for this recipe.

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Instructions:

  1. Add a few inches of water in a skillet and place a large measuring cup in the middle, turn on the flame and then add the beeswax. I found that it’s best to just leave the beeswax to melt on it’s own instead of stirring it like I was in this picture. It just stuck to the wooden spoon and was difficult to scrape off the sides.

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2.  After the beeswax has melted add the rest of the oils (except the essential oils) and the shea butter.

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3.  Once everything is melted, remove the measuring cup from the water and then add your essential oils. I added about 6-7 drops of each oil.

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4.  Once you are done with adding your essential oils you are ready to pour the liquid into a 4 oz jar.  I used these jars.  Then you can place it in the refrigerator to speed up the hardening process. It’s that simple.  This recipe  makes enough to fill two jars so why not make one for a friend?

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Viola! Homemade Healing Salve – made with love!  Oh and my daughter’s eczema is gone!

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*Just make sure it is stored in a cool place with the lid tightly closed. It has a shelf life of 2 years. Enjoy!