I don’t have quite as many pictures for you this week, since we had a lot of repeat meals and I just forgot most of the time.
One thing I forgot to take a picture of last week was another new purchase of mine, our new food dehydrator.
Food dehydrators are big amongst the Paleo people, as well as vegans because you can make so many snacks and raw things. I love snacks, so I went ahead and bought one off of Amazon. So far I’ve only made beef jerky, tortilla chips and the yogurt/fruit leather that you see above. And everything has been delicious, especially the jerky. On the list to try are kale chips, zucchini chips and macaroons…
The weather has been pretty nice lately, so we have been able to go on some walks and do some grilling. Hubby grilled up some chicken hindquarters last night, along with some Brussels sprouts. If you cringe at the thought of Brussels sprouts, you have to try it this way. Wash a carton of fresh Brussels sprouts and trim the bottoms and peel off any of the outer leaves that look yucky. Steam for about 3 minutes in a steamer in the microwave (I use a steamer from Pampered Chef), toss with some extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle some seasoned salt on top. I use a Veggie Seasoning mix that I got for Christmas last year.
Then toss the sprouts in a grill basket and place on the grill. Grill until they are browned and slightly crispy on the outside. They are fantastic.
I also made more quinoa (for the week) in the rice maker and steamed some sweet potatoes on top at the same time. My beverage of choice was also veggie-themed.
I read some article the other day that estimated only 1% of Americans eat their full 5-7 servings of vegetables every day. I made sure that I got at least 5 servings that day!
Just a quick sidebar: I was grocery shopping today, and as I was laying everything down, the woman ahead of me in line says “You seriously eat too healthy.” I’m hoping she was kind of kidding with that. I just replied “we try to, this is our health insurance.” Then I pointed out that I did have some dark chocolate in there, so we’re not 100% good all the time (as obvious by picture above). If you are interested in cleaning up your diet or changing the way you eat, that would be a good goal- to have someone comment or think “wow, that person eats really healthy!” when they see your cart.
And now for the recipe of the week: quinoa pancakes. Like I said, I’ve been making quinoa like crazy around here. Finally making my way through that 4 lb bag I bought awhile ago. I did a google search for “quinoa pancakes” and after sifting through tons of recipes that didn’t seem too great, I finally found this one but of course tweaked it a little based on what I had on hand.
Quinoa Pancakes (adapted from the Hungry Ninja)
1 cup quinoa (cooked)
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup milk + 2 T
2 T maple syrup
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
1/4 cup honey
1. Combine flour and baking soda
2. In another bowl combine eggs, milk, maple syrup
3. Gradually combine the wet and dry ingredients, stirring enough to avoid lumps, but not so much that the batter is completely smooth (this will make the pancakes tough)
4. Stir in quinoa
5. Pour batter in half cup portions onto a heated griddle and flip once pancakes start to brown. The little bubbles starting to form on top are a good indicator of when it’s time to turn them
6. While pancakes are cooking, heat some honey and the chopped pecans in a saucepan and cook 3-5 minutes
7. Stack your pancakes and top generously with pecan glaze
I was a little concerned about trying something new, but I loved these. Especially the sticky sweet topping that balanced out the not-so-sweet pancakes. Be sure to use pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup. Big difference. The original recipe called for walnuts, but all I had were pecans. I didn’t mind. Of course Tyler didn’t get the nut topping, he just had his pancakes with some blueberry yogurt. I did get them a little crispy, oopsie, but they tasted great. By the way, the recipe made about 6 pancakes of this size.
And now, as promised, some pictures of baby Jenna. We did a 5 month photo shoot, and I can’t believe how much she’s grown. Look at those rolls!
Someone tried to photobomb my picture. He was rocking a sweatband, no pants and Hubby’s socks for most of the day.
Oh the fun we have.
Have a great week!