Quinoa Brussles Bowl

Oh man. You know those nights where you have a hankerin’…but you just don’t know what for?!  Well I was having one of those. It was so intense in fact that I decided to dig through the fridge and cupboards and try desperately to throw something together to satiate the feeling. 

Well. Not to sound arrogant, but…NAILED IT!!  I made a big batch of this and ate it for days. Didn’t even share. Mr. Rodgers stays away from quinoa, so I had it all to myself.  No complaints here. This is my new favorite craving fixer!  It’s so tasty and satisfying. It made me so happy that I have to share my glee with you !  

So, here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb Brussels Sprouts, halved
  • 1 Can Chickpeas, drained
  • 1 C Dry Quinoa (I used red)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2-3 Tbsp Bacon Grease
  • Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, and Cayenne

And here’s how you do it!

  1. Preheat your oven to 350*!
  2. Place your sprouts and chickpeas in a bowl and drizzle with bacon grease. 
  3. Season generously with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Add just a pinch of cayenne and toss it all together so that everything is coated with bacony goodness and all spices. 
  4. Dump onto a foil lined pan and slide into your oven. Roast 25-40 minutes, until brussel and chickpeas are browned and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. 
  5. While waiting on your roasted ingredients, cook your quinoa according to package instructions (probably simmer in 2 C water for about 12 minutes).
  6. When water has evaporated and quinoa is done, create a crater in the middle of your pot. Scramble your eggs in a bowl then dump into the “crater.”  Cook, scraping, so that you get scrambled eggs. When eggs are done, mix it into the quinoa so you have little bits throughout. 
  7. As soon as your brussels and chickpeas are done, add quinoa mixture and stir to evenly combine. Adjust seasoning as needed, and eat warm. Sooo comforting I hope you love it as much as I did! 

Peectures!



Place your Brussels and chickpeas in a bowl. Toss with bacon grease and spices (careful with the cayenne!). I put just a pinch and it was perfect!



Sorry for the horrid blurry picture, but I knew this step might be confusing so I had to put it in there anyway. Cook your quinoa. When the liquid is gone, create a hole in the middle and pour your eggs into it. Cook, scraping often to get little bits of scrambled egg. DONT MIX IN QUINOA UNTIL THE EGGS ARE FULLY COOKED!



Pull out sprouts and chickpeas when they are deeply browned and crispy on the outside; tender on the inside. 

See how your quinoa mixture should look?



Dump quinoa mixture on top of roasted mixture and stir together. 



Season if needed. But mostly…just enjoy. Ah yeah. So happy. 

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Beans and Franks!

How can this be possible, you ask? I am a health food blogger after all…so how can I be blogging about beans and franks?!

Well, I have some very exciting news!  Mr. Rodgers and I were browsing the aisles in one of our favorite grocery stores, and for some reason (DESTINY!), we found ourselves looking through the cooler of hot dogs and bacon and such things.  Absently, he reached up and grabbed a pack of hot dogs and started scanning the label.  Lo and behold…it was Applegate, my favorite bacon brand!  We got even more excited when we realized these were not only all beef hot dogs…but they were GRASS FED!!  With no nitrites!!  Isn’t that the best news anyone has ever heard?!  I can tell you…summer barbecues are now easier because we know we can just grab a pack of those and still be able to eat with our friends!!

But here is another super easy, super satisfying idea I wanted to share with you!  Great for when you want something packed with protein that still has the feel of comfort food!  Beans and franks!

 

So, here’s what you need:

  • 2 Applegate Grass Fed Hot Dogs
  • 1/2 Small Onion
  • 1 Clove Garlic
  • 1-2 Tbsp Grass Fed Butter
  • 1/2 Can Pinto Beans
  • Red Pepper Flakes to taste

 

And here’s how you do it!

  1. Heat up a grill pan and slap your hot dogs down on there.  Alternately, you can cook them in a normal pan, I just wanted the dish to have that “grill” feel.
  2. Melt butter in a small pan.  Add onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until starting to get tender.  Add garlic, stir, cooking an additional minute or so.
  3. Add beans and stir in.
  4. Slice hot dogs into slices and stir in with beans and sprinkle with red pepper flakes, cooking everything for a minute or so.  Just long enough for everything to be warm, and those flavors to be infused with each other. 🙂
  5. Dump into a bowl, and devour!!  So incredibly comforting!

 

 

Peectures!

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Cooking, waiting, yummy….

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Doesn’t get much better than that!

 

Green Apple Smoothie (No Crap Included!)

     This…was pretty tasty. It was born of desperation. Aren’t most wonderful things? 🙂 I was at work…and was out of frozen fruit. Woe is me! See here’s my issue…lately, I have been eating 2-3 breakfasts a day!! Don’t judge me!! It’s super weird because I used to hate breakfast with all my being. It made me feel sick. But since trying to eat better…it doesn’t make me feel sick any more. In fact, I wake up STOKED to scramble my eggs and blend my smoothie!! Or make my frittata. Or omelet. Or my Greek yogurt and fruit. But most often, for simplicity’s sake, it is scrambled eggs and a smoothie. So this morning, I had eggs…no fruit. Even though I eat 3 whole eggs…it just doesn’t leave me satisfied and I knew I would crave more food until I slipped up and ate something full of processed crap, unless I could find a way to satisfy my maniac of a metabolism.

     Then I turned around and saw a huge bowl of green apples. I thought to myself “nooo, those won’t work in smoothies! That would be weird.” And yet, as I walked away…a thought stopped me. What is one of my favorite martinis? Green apple. Favorite candy flavor? Green apple. Why couldn’t I make a green apple smoothie? Why the heck not? So I turned back around, and began to experiment. I was so excited about getting it just right that I drank one for breakfast and lunch. Hehehee. Care to see this adventure I embarked on? Please, proceed…

 Green Apple Smoothie 3

So, here’s what you need:

  • 3 small green apples (mine were really small)

  • 1 Tbsp honey

  • ½ C coconut milk

  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

  • 1 small glug of vanilla (I love vanilla, but it can be overpowering in stuff like this. So be careful!)

  • ½ C ice cubes (just a handful!)

  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Perfect Meal Powder

Note: Perfect Meal Powder is a product from the man that created “The Maker’s Diet” that we try to follow. He has a health food brand called “Tree of Life.” It is similar to a protein powder…seeing as it has 19 grams of protein in one serving. However, unlike most of the other powders, it doesn’t have a bunch of unnatural weird stuff in it. Another nice thing is that it expands in your tummy and makes you feel nice and full. It’s perfect to hold you off between meals!! You can find it at most health food stores. But honestly…that is the expensive way to do it. We got it about half price or less here on this link. (Sidenote…if you want a small discount, you can comment to let me know, give me your email…and if I send you an invite, we’ll both get a discount!) It’s a great product that you should check out if you are looking in to a losing weight or healthy snack/breakfast ideas!! Now!! On to how you do it!

How it’s done:

  1. Rinse your apples. Core and slice into small pieces.

  2. Combine everything in your blender.

  3. Blend.


WOW!!! That was difficult! 😉 Now taste and adjust to your taste and consistency preferences! I hope you enjoy!!!    

Slice into small pieces.

Green Apple Smoothie 1

Plop everything into your blender…this was me halfway through 😉

Green Apple Smoothie 2

Blend blend blend until it is the texture you desire 🙂  And sip.  And slurp.  And gulp.  Ahhhhh!

Green Apple Smoothie 3