Category Archives: Dinner

Quinoa Fried Rice

I LOVE QUINOA.

It’s seriously my favourite food. I’ll eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert..you name it, I’ll find a way to include quinoa. After falling in love with quinoa at whole foods once, I decided to find more ways to make it, which led to amazing breakfast quinoa that I love, and also this quinoa fried rice. Yum.

I topped mine with Sweet Chili Lime Tofu, and I really liked the combination of the two, I hope you try this quinoa soon and fall as much in love with it as I have :).

Quinoa Fried Rice – Recipe from Peas and Crayons
Makes enough for 2-4 servings

1 cup quinoa
1 1/2 cups water
2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 cup of fresh or frozen veggies (I used one of those Green Giant frozen mixed vegetable bags with peas, beans, carrots, and corn)
1 egg
oil for sauteeing
salt and pepper to taste

Put the quinoa into a pot with water and let it come to a boil, then turn the heat down and allow it to simmer until all the water is absorbed (about 15 minutes).

While your quinoa is cooking, start your veggies. Saute the vegetables in a large pan (make sure its large enough to fit your quinoa in later, i made this mistake and regret it). Push the veggies to one side of the hot pan and scramble your egg on the other side.

By now your quinoa should be ready. Add little bit of garlic powder, fluff it with a fork, and throw your quinoa into the pan with the vegetables and egg. Next add the soy sauce. Season with a little salt and pepper and pan fry for a few minutes.

Plate it up and serve on its own or with a little protein.

Delicious.

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Clean Eating Waffles

I made these one night for myself for dinner, and they were really good. Light and fluffy on the inside, and slightly crispy on the outside. The recipe is for those who follow a “clean” diet, meaning no refined sugars, refined flours, or preservatives.

The only thing that was a little frustrating was that I tried making these without using butter or cooking spray on the waffle iron, and the first batch stuck making it very difficult to get them off of the waffle iron, then I realized, DUH, I’m not follownig a clean eating diet, and sprayed the waffle plates with cooking spray, making things way easier, so if you aren’t following a clean eating diet, I highly reccommend spraying with cooking spray or using a bit of butter :).

Clean Eating Breakfast (or Dinner) Waffles – recipe from The Gracious Pantry
Makes approximately 3 servings

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (i just used regular whole wheat flour and it turned out just fine, if you aren’t eating clean, feel free to use all purpose flour)
2 cups vanilla soy milk (or plain soy milk, or regular milk)
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder

Preheat your waffle maker to medium heat (I put mine at about 325F).

Begin by putting your flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl, add your milk, and stir, then add the egg whites and stir.

Add the vanilla and cinnamon, and whisk your mixture, ensuring there are no lumps.

Lightly spray your waffle iron with cooking spray and pour about 1/2 cup of batter (or however much your waffle iron needs to be covered, mine is pretty big so i needed a lot of batter) and let it cook until golden brown on both sides.

Top your waffles with any of your favourite toppings, and enjoy ! 🙂