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Quinoa with Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes, Spinach, and Pine Nuts

Quinoa with Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes, Spinach, and Pine Nuts

by Pam on April 3, 2013

I found this Cooking Light recipe on My Recipes [1]and new it would pair perfectly with the chicken dish I was making for dinner. I was super excited to see that I also had every ingredient I needed on hand – you can’t that! I wondered how my family would feel about this side dish because I haven’t made quinoa much in the past. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that they all loved it! The roasted garlic gave the quinoa a really delicious flavor and I loved the color, texture, and flavor the tomatoes, spinach, and pine nuts added. The salty Parmesan topped it off perfectly and we gobbled it all up. This was a easy, healthy, and delicious side dish that would pair nicely with many main entrees.

Prepare the roasted garlic[2]. Click the link[3] for instructions. Once the roasted garlic has cool, separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins. Set aside.

Toast the pine nuts. Heat a small dry skillet over medium low heat; add the pine nuts, then toast for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until golden brown. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Heat a small pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, and shallot. Cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add the quinoa to the pan and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover with a lid and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in garlic pulp, spinach, and tomato. Pour into a serving bowl and top with shaved Parmesan. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

 



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Quinoa with Roasted Garlic, Tomatoes, Spinach, and Pine Nuts




Yield: 4

Prep Time: 5 min.

Cook Time: 15-17 min.

Total Time: 20 min.



Ingredients:

1 bulb of roasted garlic (see recipe & link above)
2 tsp olive oil
Dash of crushed red pepper flakes
1 shallot, finely diced
1/2 cup of quinoa
1 cup of chicken broth
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1/2 cup of grape tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 cup of baby spinach
1 tbsp toasted pine nuts
Shaved Parmesan, to taste

Directions:

Prepare the roasted garlic. Click the link up above for instructions. Once the roasted garlic has cool, separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins. Set aside.

Toast the pine nuts. Heat a small dry skillet over medium low heat; add the pine nuts, then toast for 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until golden brown. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Heat a small pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil, crushed red pepper flakes, and shallot. Cook, stirring often, for 1 minute. Add the quinoa to the pan and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover with a lid and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in garlic pulp, spinach, tomato, and toasted pine nuts. Pour into a serving bowl and top with shaved Parmesan. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe by Cooking Light – My Recipes

References

  1. ^ My Recipes (www.myrecipes.com)
  2. ^ roasted garlic (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ link (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  5. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Green vegetable and ham risotto

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Ingredients

  • 225g asparagus spears
  • 1.2l vegetable stock
  • 50g butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 350g Arborio rice
  • 150g frozen peas
  • 150g lean chunky ham, cut into pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A few leaves fresh basil and parmesan shavings to serve

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For extra flavour, use the asparagus cooking water to make up part of the vegetable stock.

Method

  1. Trim away the woody ends from the asparagus, cut into 5cm lengths. Bring a small saucepan of water to the boil and cook for 3-4 mins until just tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. Pour the stock into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan and gently fry the onion and garlic for 5 mins until softened but not browned. Stir in the rice and cook, stirring, for 2 mins, until well coated.
  3. Add a ladleful of stock and cook gently, stirring, until absorbed. Continue adding the stock, ladle by ladle, to the rice until half the stock is used and the rice is creamy.
  4. Add the remaining stock, peas and ham, and continue cooking until the risotto becomes thick, but not sticky. All in all, this will take about 25 mins and should not be hurried.
  5. Carefully fold in the cooked asparagus and heat through for 2 mins. Season to taste and pile into warm serving bowls. Sprinkle with chopped basil and parmesan shavings. Serve immediately.

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Whole Wheat Baguette

Whole Wheat Baguette

by Pam on October 2, 2012

If you read my blog then you know I am intimidated by yeast.  There, I’ve said it, baking bread scares me.  It has been awhile since I last made bread and I had a craving for a baguette and a pot of soup  for dinner. I pulled out my trusty bread machine and grabbed the ingredients to make a whole wheat baguette.  I let the bread machine do the work and crossed my fingers that it would turn out.  After the bread machine was done with it’s part I rolled up the dough and let it rise… so far so good.  It was looking like I would succeed and I was so excited!  I then carefully brushed it with an egg wash and all was well until I tried to cut slits into the top… the problem was the knife I chose was not sharp enough so my poor little baguette deflated a bit. Note to self:  SHARPEN KNIVES!  I was so bummed!  I decided to proceed and bake it to see how it would turn out.  Thankfully, it rose a little while baking and it turned out just fine.   The kids slathered slices of the baguette with butter for their after school snack and LOVED it.  They didn’t care that it wasn’t as full as it was supposed to be. Instead of making a pot of soup I decided I was done cooking for the day and we headed out to dinner – I didn’t want to push my luck.

Place the water, salt, white sugar, flours, and yeast into a bread machine pan in that order. Turn the bread machine to the dough setting and push start.

Once the dough cycle has completed (mine lasts 1 1/2 hours). Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle then fold in half and seal the seam firmly with the side of your hand. Roll up dough jelly roll style very tightly and pinch the seam closed really well. Place the loaf onto a silpat mat that has been sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover with a cloth and let rise, until doubled in size, about 40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Combine the egg with the water and beat until thoroughly mixed. Brush the egg mixture on the top of the loaf. Carefully slice three diagonal slits across the loaf with a very sharp knife. Place the silpat mat onto a baking sheet.

Place into the oven and bake for 17-22 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool on a rack before slicing and serving.

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Whole Wheat Baguette




Yield: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minute

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes



Ingredients:

1/2 cup of warm water
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp white sugar
3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
3/4 tsp bread machine yeast
Corn meal
1 egg + 2 tsp water, mixed

Directions:

Place the water, salt, white sugar, flours, and yeast into a bread machine pan in that order. Turn the bread machine to the dough setting and push start.

Once the dough cycle has completed (mine lasts 1 1/2 hours). Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle then fold in half and seal the seam firmly with the side of your hand. Roll up dough jelly roll style very tightly and pinch the seam closed really well. Place the loaf onto a silpat mat that has been sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover with a cloth and let rise, until doubled in size, about 40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine the egg with the water and beat until thoroughly mixed. Brush the egg mixture on the top of the loaf. Carefully slice three diagonal slits across the loaf with a very sharp knife. Place the silpat mat onto a baking sheet.

Place into the oven and bake for 17-22 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool on a rack before slicing and serving.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

References

  1. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)