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Quinoa with Roasted Chickpeas & Yellow Squash Bowl

It had been a while since I had made quinoa for us. It is probably because I very rarely make dish more than a couple of times. It keeps my husband guessing on what we will have for dinner, and me too sometimes. It forces me to be creative with our meals.

This time I took inspiration from the ingredients in my refrigerator that I wanted to use up. I was already making some quinoa and chickpeas for a client so I doubled the amount of quinoa and chickpeas and split it between my client and ourselves. Here is what else I used for our bowls. It is simple and easy. The measurements are for two bowls.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl combine the chickpeas, yellow squash and JB’s All- Purpose Blend or you can use the All-Purpose Seasoning that has a few more herbs. Either one is a great addition of flavor. Stir all the ingredients so that the seasoning thoroughly coats the  chickpeas and yellow squash. Spread the chickpea mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Stir the chickpeas and squash about halfway through the baking time.

Assemble bowls and serve with the Creamy Cilantro Sauce/Dressing.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Easy Refried Bean Casserole

I came up with this Easy Refried Bean Casserole when I was looking through my pantry to see what I could make for dinner. At first I was going to make taquitos, but the corn tortillas kept falling apart. It was just not going to work. That is when I came up with this casserole. It is basically refried bean taquitos in a casserole form. It  can be ready in about 30 minutes, is easy to assemble and requires very few ingredients. It turned out to be a winner.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Layer tortillas into an 8 inch pie plate. Spread a layer of the Shortcut Refried Beans on top of the tortillas. Sprinkle half the corn on top of the beans. Sprinkle some Smokey Southwestern Seasoning on top of the corn. Repeat 1-3 more times It just depends on how deep is your pie plate.

Bake until it is hot, about 20-25 minutes.

You can use a number of different toppings: Guacamole, your favorite salsa, or my Creamy Cilantro Sauce/Dressing.

Serve with a salad or your favorite green vegetable.

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Note: Make sure you get Non-GMO corn products.

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Spinach Quinoa Herb & Chickpea Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

I love to take base ingredients and put them together and make something new. By adding some fresh greens and the Green Goddess Dressing I turned the Quinoa Herb Salad into something incredibly tasty and different from its original form.

This recipe is for one salad. All you have to do is increase the ingredients to increase the servings.

In a medium/large bowl layer Quinoa Herb & Chickpea Salad, baby spinach and tomatoes. Dress the salad with the Green Goddess Dressing.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Millet Grain Bowl with Falafels and Creamy Cilantro Sauce/Dressing

This millet grain bowl is a nice change from the regular grain bowl you see. Millet is simple to make and has a wonderful flavor. You can grind the grain and turn it into a flour. It cooks just like rice – 1 cup of millet/ 2 cups liquid.

I had made some Easy Falafels and the Creamy Cilantro Sauce/Dressing for dinner the night before. To change it up a bit I used those ingredients and a few others to make this flavor packed grain bowl. This recipe makes two bowls with extra Creamy Cilantro Sauce/Dressing and extra Falafels.

Assemble the bowl in the order of the ingredients.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Easy Falafels GF/Vegan

I was trying to think of something different I could do with the chickpeas I had made and falafels came to mind. This recipe is easy and adaptable to go with your likings. It is all made in the food processor so there is minimal cleanup. I always like minimal cleanup.

  • 1 1/2 c chickpeas
  • 1/3 c cilantro, fresh, chopped
  • 1/2 c onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp coriander
  • 4 tbsp oat flour

Note: You can use the canned variety of chickpeas, however, make sure they are rinsed and drained.

Note: Oat flour can be made by grinding rolled oats into a spice grinder or food processor.

Combine all the ingredients into the food processor and process until it is thoroughly combined and resembles a crumbly dough.

Transfer to a bowl and cover. Refrigerate the dough for 1-2 hours. The refrigeration helps the dough to firm up and the falafels hold together better.

Form dough into 12 little patties. Cook the falafels over medium heat in a non-stick skillet. Make sure the skillet is hot before you put the falafels in the pan. Cook each side until a deep golden color.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Spinach Pesto with Spaghetti & Butternut Squash Noodles

The Spinach Pesto was a big hit in my house. The added butternut squash noodles was a hidden benefit. You could not even tell they were in there. My husband did not even know the main ingredient in the pesto was spinach. There were all kinds of hidden treasures in this dish. The best thing is that it was delicious, oh and under 30 minutes to make.

  • 12 oz gluten-free spaghetti (I like jovial)
  • 12 oz Butternut Squash Noodles (I used Green Giant frozen noodles)
  • 1 recipe Spinach Pesto
  • 1/2 c pasta water

In a large dutch oven cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions over medium heat.  Drain (reserve 1/2 c of cooking liquid), rinse and set aside.

In a medium skillet cook the butternut squash noodles over medium heat until the noodles are heated through and there is no liquid.

Return spaghetti noodles to the dutch oven. Add the butternut squash noodles, pesto and water. Stir the ingredients together until they are completely combined.

Optional: You can top with a bread crumb mixture. You can find the topping in my Spaghetti Squash Pomodoro recipe.

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Savory Crepes with Sautéed Spinach & Mushrooms

I have been asked to share the recipe for the filling I used for the Savory Chickpea Crepes. It is a very simple recipe and makes enough for 6 Savory Chickpea Crepes. Make sure you make the filling before you begin to make the crepes. The crepes roll the best when they are warm.

You can change out the spinach for any kind of greens you have, and even the mushrooms too.

Filling:

In a large dutch oven add mushrooms, spinach, All-Purpose Seasoning and garlic. Sauté over medium heat until mushrooms have released their water and the spinach has wilted.

By trial and error I found it was easier to put the crepe on a plate add the filling and roll the crepe.

Top with either my Cashew Béchamel – Basic White Sauce or JB’s Macadamia Béchamel – Raw White Sauce.

Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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One Pot Veggie Packed Pasta

I was cleaning out the refrigerator and freezer and had some things that I wanted to use up. I actually like to do this every week and use all the bits and pieces I can so that they do not go to waste. This is what I came up with. It is colorful and flavorful.

  • 12 oz. brown rice spaghetti (I like Jovial brand)
  • 16 oz. mixed color little tomatoes, halved
  • 12 oz. Green Giant Zucchini Noodles, frozen
  • 1 c green peas, frozen
  • 1 tbsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, zested, juiced
  • 1 c Basic Vegetable Stock
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot/cornstarch
  • 1/2 c nutritional yeast

In a large dutch oven cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse and set aside.

In the same pot add tomatoes, zucchini noodles, peas, All-Purpose Seasoning and garlic. sauté until veggies are heated through.

While the veggies are cooking make a slurry with the vegetable broth and cornstarch. Set aside.

Add spaghetti to the vegetables and stir thoroughly. Add the lemon zest and juice, vegetable broth slurry and nutritional yeast. Stir until completely coated and is well incorporated.

I sprinkle some topping on top of the pasta dish. The topping recipe is from the Spaghetti Squash Pomodoro and Baked Spinach-Artichoke & Tomato Caserecce.

Topping:

  • 1/2 c GF Bread Crumbs
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1/4 c parsley, fresh, chopped

In a medium bowl mix together all the topping ingredients. Sprinkle topping onto plated pasta.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Pasta Soup with Cannellini and Escarole

I try to make a batch of soup once a week. That way I have something quick to heat up when needed. I made this soup for a client that needs just such a thing.

  • 4 oz. Banza elbow macaroni
  • 3 c vegetable stock
  • 3 c water
  • 3/4 tsp JB’s All-Purpose Blend
  • 4 c escarole, chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, mince
  • 15.5 oz cannellini beans, canned, rinsed, drained
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Add macaroni, vegetable stock, water, and JB’s All-Purpose Seasoning to a large dutch oven. Cook macaroni until almost done.

While the macaroni is cooking, wilt the escarole with the garlic in a large skillet over medium heat. This will only take a few minutes. Set aside.

Add the cannellini beans to the broth mixture and heat through. Add the escarole and cook until tender. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

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JB’s Savory Muffins/Mini Chickpea Frittatas

I could not decide to call theses Savory Muffins, or Mini Chickpea Frittatas. By whatever name you want to call them they are delicious, nutritious and portable. They also would be great for a brunch, lunch or dinner.

They were made for my food restricted client, so you might see some different ingredients in these  little bites of goodness.

Veggie:

  • 3 c Spinach, fresh, chopped

In a large skillet, wilt the spinach over medium heat. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Dry Ingredients:

In a large bowl whisk all the dry ingredients together, until well combined. Add the spinach and stir until the spinach is coated and equally distributed throughout the dry mixture.

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 c Macadamia milk
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 c sparkling water

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and thoroughly whisk together. Pour mixture into prepared muffin tins.

Bake for 25-27 minutes.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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