3 Things that Work in the Kitchen This Week – April 17

1.  Turkey in the Pressure Cooker – for sandwiches instead of the freezer

The other day on Facebook Live, I showed how to make a turkey breast (or boneless turkey breast roast, in this case) in the Instant Pot.  My intention was to put the meat in the freezer to use for recipes.  We ended up using it for sandwiches and things though.  Mia and I got home late from a soccer game the night I made the turkey.  It was waiting for us, since I’d left it on “keep warm” all day.

We sliced and chopped some of the meat and served it over quick quinoa and brown rice (more on that below), topped with shredded cheddar, salsa, lettuce and sour cream.  Yum!  The rest of the turkey got sliced and put in the fridge.  It made for great sandwiches over the next few days.

2. Quick Quinoa and Brown Rice combo

I know I shared this a few weeks ago, but I’m sharing again because these packets are so good and versatile.  This isn’t sponsored in any way, I’m just sharing a product I love.

I will say that for a family meal, this is not the way to go.  But for 1-2 people that need a quick, nutritious meal these packets are great.  They only have 2 servings in each packet and they cost $2.something  at the grocery.  I picked up a 6-pack at Costco the other day for $10 something. Cheaper but still kind of pricey.

But a 90 second spin through the microwave to have a great base for leftover meat, veggies, eggs, cheese etc – you can’t beat that.

3.  Money Saving Mom is hosting an Eat at Home Challenge

I’m so excited to partner with Crystal from Money Saving Mom for an Eat at Home Challenge.  Crystal will be on Facebook Live every morning this week, cooking from the Eat at Home Slow Cooker Plan.  We’d love to have you join in!

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Quick and Easy Chicken and Vegetable Super Grain Bowls

 

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I pulled this recipe together one night from ingredients I had in the pantry and fridge.  I was after a healthy meal that would make use of what we had on hand.  These Chicken and Vegetable Super Grain Bowls did just that!

I happened to have a bag of Super Grains in the pantry that I’d picked up in Walmart once. If you don’t have super grains, use quinoa or rice or any other type grain you like.

We topped the grains with chicken, red peppers, tomatoes, fresh spinach and feta crumbles.  The chicken was already cooked and in the freezer, so it just needed a quick thaw in the microwave.

The feta we used was fat free and I wouldn’t recommend that.  I accidentally picked up the fat free version instead of regular.  It’s okay, but not great.  You could easily make this meal dairy free by leaving off the cheese.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Ingredient Spotlight: Quinoa

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That picture above is the only quinoa recipe I have on my blog.

I have to admit that I haven’t fallen in love with quinoa the way the rest of the internet seems to.  I need to do a little more experimenting and trying recipes for it, I suppose.  But there’s something a little strange about the way quinoa looks.  The little round pieces remind me of eyes.  And then there are the stray “lash” shaped things.

I know.  That wasn’t the kind of description a good food blogger should write.  But that’s how I feel about quinoa.  I also know that it’s a very healthy grain that’s good for me.  So, I try to get past the texture thing and learn to really like it.  On a scale of hate to love, I’m at tolerate.  Progress.

So, because I’m no quinoa expert, I’ve rounded up some recipes from a few other bloggers.  And at the bottom of this post is a place for you to add your quinoa recipes.

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Lynn is the queen of quinoa knowledge and recipes.  She’s got lots of recipes for quinoa, including this one with facts about the grain and 5 recipes (chocolate things too!).

Also check out Lynn’s Quinoa Fried Rice and Quinoa Brownies.

Once a Month Mom has a recipe for Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites.  And yes, that is a freezer recipe.

Now it’s your turn.  Link up as many recipes using quinoa as you like.  Just be sure to include a link back to Eat at Home.

 

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Ingredient Spotlight: Rice, Barley, Quinoa and Other Grains

Is any ingredient more of a staple than rice?  I know it’s a staple in my pantry.  I’ve taken to buying 5 pound bags of Jasmine rice, we go through it so fast.

I don’t use barley nearly as much as rice.  And we tried quinoa a few months ago, but didn’t care for it.  I made it plain, so that could have been part of the problem.  I’m looking forward to seeing your recipes for both barley and quinoa.  Maybe I’ll learn to like quinoa if I try a good recipe for it.

I have a lot of rice recipes posted on this blog.  So many, that I had trouble narrowing it down to a few to share.  Here are a few of my favorite recipes that use rice: [Read more…]