Saturday, January 9, 2010

Healthy and Delicious!

Ola! Mariel and Gavin here, yes that's first guest poster! And boy do we have some wonderful eats for you to try today! Since Gavin is used to anything and everything deep fried, as he lives in residence, we took the very healthy route today (to give him a change). We cooked up a wonderful lunch and dinner!

P.S.  As we were cookin' away, we were listening to: Walking on a Dream (Punk Rolla Remix) - Empire of The Sun

Get it!

For lunch we made a simple and healthy salad full of wonderful super foods! Basically...we searched for anything in the fridge and cupboard (as the house is really lacking in the food department today for some reason) that we could throw into a salad!

I saw that we had some quinoa in the cupboard, which I had never tried before, so it's a given that I had to try it out! The verdict: I am a huge fan of this stuff!
Not only is it a great ancient grain, it's also a whole protein apparently, in other healthy as you can get! It has a wonderful texture, it's about the size of couscous, but has way more bite to it. It's also quite nutty tasting...delish!

Cooking quinoa is as easy as it gets when it comes to grains, too!

1 1/4 cups water to every 1 cup of quinoa

Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat, and add a pinch of salt.
When the water is boiling, add in the quinoa, pop a lid on the pot and reduce heat to medium low.
Let simmer for 12 minutes.
After 12 minutes, remove from heat and fluff up with a fork.

Our salads consisted of: mushrooms sauteed with ginger and garlic in sesame oil and soy sauce, red and green peppers, chicken, quinoa, shredded carrots and baby corns piled high on a bed of baby spinach!
We topped the salads off with asian sesame dressing, yum! The chicken/quinoa combo was very filling!

I had a glass of almond milk, my new favorite beverage, with lunch!

I've tried a few different brands of almond milk since discovering it, and this is the best one so far!

For a quick and still slightly healthy dinner, we had home-made burgers and a little more couscous salad!

To make the burger patties we mashed up:

approx. 2 pounds of extra lean ground beef
1 egg lightly beaten
hot sauce or hot chili sauce to taste
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
freshly ground black pepper
approx. 3/4 cup rolled oats

After grilling up the burgers we dressed em up! I tried something I had never tried before: piling delicious korean kimchi on top of my burg! It was soo tasty...I will definitely be doing this again! We had our burgers on tasty whole wheat ciabatta buns.

And that's it for today, happy and healthy eating!


Mariel and Gavin


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