Friday, May 18, 2012

Lentils and Wheat Berries with Oven Roasted Tomatoes

I'm pretty proud of this recipe.  I thought it up based on the ingredients I had on hand and its so delicious. It was not quick, but it is easy.  If you have time to roast the tomatoes or cook the wheat berries ahead of time, that would help. 

1.25 cups dry Black Lentils
1 cup dry Wheat Berries
1 bunch Scallions sliced
1 handful Parsley chopped
1 container of Grape Tomatoes oven roasted *


Red Wine Vinegar
Lemon White Balsamic Vinegar

Simmer lentils in plenty of water (uncovered) until el dente, about 15 min. Simmer wheat berries in plenty of water (uncovered) until soft, about 45 min.
Whisk together dressing. Combine all ingredients. Season with S&P.

* slice tomatoes in half, arrange on backing sheet cut side up, drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and back at 250 for 3 hours (right, Mom?). These are ahmazing. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

More Beets! Beet, Arugula & Quinoa Salad

I made this salad after having something similar at a restaurant. It's really simple with a delicious vinaigrette.  Mmmm it's my new fav.

Roasted Beets (roast whole in foil, like a potato, then peel off skin and slice)
Sliced Almonds or Pumpkin Seeds
Feta (not pictured)

2 TB Dijon Mustard
1 clove Garlic
Juice from 1 Lemon
approx 1/4 cup Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Blend vinaigrette ingredients with immersion blender.  Toss Salad.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Beet & Quinoa salad

We went to a wedding a few weeks ago where they served this amazing salad at the rehearsal dinner. It's so delicious, even Daniel -- who has an historical hatred of beets -- liked it.

I was sort of freaked out when I realized that the beets were raw, but it's so sweet and crunchy. I don't have a food processor so I did all the shredding by hand using the Ikea flat grater into a dish style. It was sort of fun and didn't take very long.

As with any salad the amounts are very up to taste/ size of the veg in question. I didn't really measure anything, but will the next time I make this. Make the dressing first so the flavors can all meld while you make the salad.

Beet, Carrot, and Quinoa Salad

4 beets, shredded
3 carrots (more beet than carrot), shredded
1 apple sliced (optional)
1 cup (cooked) quinoa

1-3 garlic, shredded
4 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tbsp raw honey (my new obsession)
    * you can whisk the honey with a few tbsp of warm (not hot) water to liquify it
 a few turns of TJ's "everyday seasoning" grinder. but, salt and pepper would work here too.

Mix it all up and let everything sit for at least an hour before serving. It definitely gets better with time.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hey you guys!

After some time being lazy and getting fat I've been re-inspired -- and I am hoping to drag all of you along with me!!

 I've been trying to drop a few lb's, but regular exercise wasn't moving the scale. So, D and I went on a restrictive calorie diet. It was super depressing but set me on the right track. I'm no longer counting calories, instead focusing on making us healthy meals -- which of course means a lot more cooking and grocery shopping since we've cut out most processed foods. But, it also means being excited by what I am eating -- and what I am eating making me feel healthy and energetic.

Prob the hardest thing to cut out was cereal. I love the stuff, and would pretend I was eating something healthy because it was loads of fiber. I can't be trusted around grapenuts. So, I've replaced that fave snack with the suggestion on every healthy eating show out there. This isn't exactly a recipe but it's a start!


a small handful of almonds 
big glass of water

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Some of my friends at Edgewater Church have been asking for this recipe so no pics and no thrills. Here it is-

1 pkg quinoa (or cracked wheat or any other grain but I love quinoa because it's high in protein)
4 plum tomatoes, chopped small
1 med sweet onion, chopped small
1 cucumber, seeds removed and chopped small
1 bunch of flat leaf parsely, chopped
1/2 - 1 bunch of mint, chopped
1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 c. fresh lemon juice
1 T sea salt (or to taste)
fresh pepper

Cook quinoa according to pkg directions. Let cool a bit and then add all the ingred's mixing well. Can be eaten immediately while a little warm or put in the frig for a few hours before serving.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Raw Kale and Cranberry Salad

Whole Foods sells this salad at the deli, but with pine nuts. It's suprisingly delicious. Cheryl and I are obsessed.

1 bunch kale
drizzle of walnut oil (or olive oil)
grape tomatoes
sliced almonds
dried cranberries

Tear the kale into bite size piecies. Massage (if you will) the oil into the kale. It will turn bright green and soften up a bit. Combine as much as you'd like of the remaining ingredients.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Wheat Berry Salad

My friend Angie made a really delicious cracked wheat salad this weekend. I tried to make something similar but with wheat berries. It's not quite as amazing as the original, but still great!

2 cups wheat berries
1 Cucumber
2 Tomatoes
4 Scallion
1 cup Corn
Handful of Parsley

Juice from 1-2 Lemons
1/8ish cup Olive oil

Cover wheat berries with 2 inches of water and simmer for 1 hour. Rinse and drain.

Chop of veggies, toss together with dressing. Done.