Dinner

Quinoa black bean burgers

  • 1/2 c uncooked quinoa
  • 2/3 c frozen corn
  • 1 small red onion chopped
  •  3 cloves of garlic, very finely minced
  •    sea  salt
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 T tomato paste
  •  1 large egg
  • 1/4 c chopped cilantro
  • 1 T minced chipotles in adobo
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 c coconut flour

For the guacamole:

  • 2 avocados
  • juice of half of a lime
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 t minced chipotles in adobo
  • 1/2 t cilantro
  • 1/2 t sea salt

For the burger patties:Place the quinoa in a small pot and add 1 c of water.Bring the water to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and cover.Cook 10-15 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and quinoa is cooked.Remove from heat and set aside.Sauté red onion and corn on stove top.Combine approximately 1½ cans of black beans, the onion, and garlic in a large bowl and using a potato masher, mash together until the mixture is combined and pasty.Stir in the remaining beans, tomato paste, egg, corn, cilantro, chipotles, cumin, and salt.Add the cooked quinoa and ground oats, and stir until evenly distributed.Form the mixture into 6-8 equal patties, pressing the mixture together well.Place the patties on a baking sheet, cover them with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least a few hours or overnight.Heat a large skillet with oil and cook each side for 7 minutes or bake at 375 for ten minutes on each side.


Turkey Meatballs
Serves 4 (makes 24 meatballs)
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 8 fresh basil leaves or 1 tsp dried basil
  • Leaves from 4 sprigs thyme
  • Leaves from 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 lb ground turkey (no hormones or antibiotics
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 jar of organic gluten free tomato sauce

Roast spaghetti squash in oven at 350 degrees for 45 min. Combine all ingredients for meatballs in a food processor or bowl and roll into balls(about 3 Tbsp).  Remove spaghetti squash from oven and let it cool, then scrape out seeds and disgard.  Then take out squash and put in bowl.   Mix spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and meatballs


QUINOA PILAF
(serves 6-8)

  • 1/2-cup carrot, diced                            
  • 3 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2 cup green onion, diced                  
  • 1/4  cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup celery,  diced                           
  • 2  cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1-cup almonds, sliced
  • 1 1/4  tsp oregano
  • Salt to taste

To cook the quinoa, add one part of the grain to one three quarters liquid in a saucepan. After the mixture is brought to a boil, reduce the heat to simmer and cover. One cup of quinoa cooked in this method usually takes 15 minutes to prepare. When cooking is complete, you will notice that the grains have become translucent, and the white germ has partially detached itself, appearing like a white-spiraled tail. If you desire the quinoa to have a nuttier flavor, you can dry roast it before cooking; to dry roast, place it in a skillet over medium-low heat and stir constantly for five minutes.

Sauté chopped vegetables in olive oil until clear, yet crisp: stir in oregano. Add sautéed vegetables to cooked, hot quinoa, mixing well. Add salt to taste. Dry-roast almonds in heavy skillet until lightly golden. Add almonds and mix.

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