Quinoa Tabbouleh Wraps

If you like tabbouleh, you’ll be a fan of these Quinoa Tabbouleh Wraps. Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is a tiny grain, often called “super grain” because it’s rich in so many nutrients, particular protein and all nine essential amino acids. The most common color of quinoa is white, which is what I used in this recipe. If you’re looking for other options, red quinoa has a richer taste. Black quinoa has an early flavor. Rainbow quinoa is a mixture of red, white and black.

Usually tabbouleh seems time consuming to prepare, but this recipe only takes 35 minutes from start to finish. Start with cooked quinoa and add tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, fresh parsley, green onions,  fresh lemon juice, good olive oil, black pepper and stir. It is that easy. This recipe is perfect for a healthy lunch or light dinner. It can also be completely gluten-free, using gluten-free tortilla wraps.

Feel free to half this recipe if you only are serving two people. If you make the entire recipe, the quinoa mixture is great as a healthy side. I like to eat one wrap and spoon the rest over mixed greens. Enjoy and have a great rest of your week! Alison

Excerpted from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes by Alison Lewis © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved: Not to be reprinted without publisher permission.

 

Easy Eclairs Recipe

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My mom used to take me to our local bakery when I was little, and eclairs were always my top dessert pick. Last night, my sister Julie, invited my daughter and I (along with my niece and several other friends) to learn how to make homemade eclairs. Her dear friend, Orli, a French baking expert, taught us how to make these Easy Eclairs Recipe from scratch. The recipe instructions may appear to be a long process, but they truly are easy! Be sure to have a few Ziploc bags on hand for piping. They make piping the dough and filing even easier. Enjoy and Bon Appetit!

Cantaloupe Berry Salad

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We are already in our first week of summer. It’s been great so far! I have been letting my kids help plan lunches and dinners. They also have been assisting me in the kitchen. Yesterday, we came up with this Cantaloupe Berry Salad (which was gone by last night). Use fresh cantaloupe, your favorite berries and a hint of lime juice and fresh mint. It’s light, refreshing and makes a healthy dessert or after pool snack. Happy Wednesday!

 

Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie

Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie

Have you tried cucumber in your juicing or smoothie recipes? I made this Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie, and my 3 kids loved it! Cucumbers are healthy and so low in calories. Here are a few health benefits of cucumbers:

1. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins.

2. Cucumbers are a valuable source of conventional antioxidant nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese.

3. Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins.

4.  Cucumbers aid in digestion due to their fiber and water content.

Superbowl Recipe: Grilled Roast Beef and Stilton

For Superbowl Sunday, how about a grilled cheese sandwich recipe? Grilled Roast Beef and Stilton is a fabulous, hearty sandwich that will go perfect on your Superbowl recipe and menu list. It’s also a great weeknight dinner or sunday lunch idea. Stilton is a semisoft, crumbly cheese that is similar to blue cheese. It is terrific paired with roast beef and peppery arugula. Use store bought basil pesto if you are short on time to make the fresh Basil Aioli. This is just one of the 150 recipes from latest cookbook 150 Grilled Sandwich Recipes. If you’re interested in a copy, click here.

Excerpted from 150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Alison Lewis © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved: Not to be reprinted without publisher permission.