Magical Gluten-Free Side Dish: Southwestern Quinoa Salad

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A lot of people have asked me lately, “What is quinoa?”. I answer, “It’s the magical grain.” Quinoa is the amazing gluten-free grain that is high in fiber and a complete protein, meaning it has all nine amino acids. Quinoa also contains high amounts of  lysine, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus. It is a great replacement for rice or couscous and works great here in this simple recipe for Southwestern Quinoa Salad. Serve it room temperature or chilled. It’s awesome, and my kids even ate it too! By the way, quinoa can be found at Whole Foods Market or any of your specialty stores.

Light, Delicious Breakfast Idea: Blueberry-Orange Muffins

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It’s hard to believe that my three kids rarely ever eat cold cereal for breakfast. Maybe, it’s because I spoil them (most likely my fault). I love new breakfast ideas that are great for breakfast on the go (our mornings are pretty hectic). These Blueberry-Orange Muffins are ideal because they are easy to make, so healthy and yummy, and they even make a great afternoon snack. Feel free to use cranberries instead of blueberries and all-purpose or whole wheat flour.

Spring is Here: Easy Sensational Shrimp Salad

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When I was at the beach last week, I ate a Georges in Alys Beach, and there were wonderful spring salads on the menu (I ate there 3 times). This great food made me want to do a television segment on great spring salads. Today I taped several segments for NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama”. My version of Sensational Shrimp Salad was one salad I made, and they loved it! I took a shortcut and used already cooked, peeled and deveined shrimp. The flavors of white wine vinegar, fresh dill and Dijon mustard create a fresh and light dressing mixture for the shrimp. I will let you know the day the show will air, but here’s the recipe early.

Easy Vegetarian One Dish Meal: Vegetarian Paella

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Thursday night I will be teaching a “Paella” cooking class preparing this dish: Vegetarian Paella. I will also be preparing Chicken Sun-dried Tomato Paella and Seafood Paella at Birmingham Bake and Cook in Inverness, Alabama at 6:30 p.m. Using a paella pan works great, but you can also use any large nonstick skillet. This paella recipe is really simple, fresh, economical and delicious. Feel free to add fish or chicken if you wish. This recipe has been adapted from the book“Paella Paella”.