Quinoa Bowl with Almonds and Raspberries

Quinoa Bowl with Almonds and Raspberries

Quinoa for breakfast? Yes, have your tried it? Breakfast Bowls are so hot right now, and this Quinoa Bowl with Almonds and Raspberries is one of my favorites! This gluten free breakfast option is filled with fiber, protein and healthy vitamin and minerals. This recipe is great to make and serve when you and your kids are tired of cereal and oatmeal or want something unique, delicious and different. Feel free to make the quinoa the night before, and breakfast will be ready in the morning. Warm up the cooked quinoa and add your favorite milk and toppings. If you’re looking for a other fabulous breakfast bowl recipes try my Quinoa with Apples and Cranberries

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Chia Yogurt Breakfast Bowl from A Zesty BiteChia-Yogurt-Breakfast-Bowl-2

Savory Pesto Quinoa Bowl from Simple Quinoa

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Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower is the latest trendy vegetable right now, and did you know it makes a great substitute for rice in fried rice? Believe me, it does! This Cauliflower Fried Rice recipe is so amazing, and it makes yummy leftovers too. When you pulse the cauliflower, it resembles the texture (and color of rice). Sautéing it creates a winning main dish for those who are following a gluten-free diet or those who can’t eat rice. Cauliflower also makes a good substitute for mashed potatoes.

And did you know that cauliflower is really good for you? Cauliflower is high in Vitamin C, B Vitamins, fiber and vitamin K. The antioxidants in cauliflower can helps with our immune systems and aid in reducing the cancer and stroke. Eating cauliflower works well for those on an anti-inflammatory diet, and it can also help maintain bone and brain health. Enjoy this thirty minute recipe for Cauliflower Fried Rice on any weeknight since it’s quick and easy! Serve it with a salad, and dinner is done is ready.

Easy Breakfast Tacos

Breakfast Tacos

If you’re looking for something to serve this holiday season or for Christmas breakfast, how about Easy Breakfast Tacos? My kids love any type of southwestern foods, and this breakfast recipe idea starts with chorizo, eggs, tomatoes, fresh cilantro and all of your favorite tacos toppings. I used a IMUSA tortilla warmer which is really cool (and a great tool and makes warming tortillas a breeze). This outstanding recipe will be one that your family or guests will remember. Enjoy this holiday season or all year long.

Easter Deviled Eggs

Easter Deviled Eggs

Easter is around the corner so it’s time to make these Easter Deviled Eggs. I love using  Colman’s Mustard, known for its distinct zesty flavor. It is the secret ingredient which packs a punch in these must try and foolproof Deviled Egg recipe. These delectable bites are perfect to serve to family and friends for any special occasion, but especially this coming Sunday. Feel free to double this recipe for more guests.

Established in 1814, Colman’s Mustard of Norwich has been recognized widely as the iconic English mustard in the U.K. Using a unique and zesty blend of brown mustard seeds (Brassica Juncea) and white mustard seeds (Sinapis Alba), Jeremiah Colman created a mustard with a flavorful heat sensation that has become an essential condiment and paramount ingredient for favorite recipes, even to the highest royal order. In 1866 Queen Victoria bestowed the ultimate seal of approval – the Royal Warrant – galvanizing Colman’s Mustard as the crown jewel of mustards and securing its place in the most discerning kitchens around the world.

Lemon Feta and Parsley Egg Cups

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Hi Everyone!  This is Mona, I’m so excited to be contributing to Ingredients Inc. I hope you’ll enjoy this easy breakfast recipe I’m going to share with you today!

Breakfast is super important for our daily nutrition. But I am really tired of simple cereals every morning.  If you have the same issue with me and want to try something easy, healthy and fun, stick to this recipe for Lemon Feta and Parsley Egg Cups. This dish can provide you the dietary fiber and gain the strength and energy to carry you through a hectic morning.

Filled with egg, cheese and prosciutto, this egg cup is also very delicious with spring flavors, and looks super cute!  (Some of the ingredients below are from food brand Alexia )

10 Health Benefits of Eggs

We are obsessed with eggs and company they keep in my house because we are committed to eating real foods. I honestly think if they didn’t exist, I don’t know how we would. I love to share information on how to pair eggs with other nutritious foods such as avocados, beans and tomatoes. Check out the amazing looking recipes for Protein Packed Pancakes or my recipe for Huevos Rancheros and these 10 health benefits of eggs:

1. Eggs are an all-natural, real food that is packed with a number of nutrients, including high-quality protein. The quality of egg protein is so high that scientists often use eggs as the standard for measuring the protein quality of other foods.

2. Egg farmers work hard to provide safe, nutritious food while maintaining the highest quality care for their hens. Today’s hens are producing more eggs and living longer due to better health, nutrition and living environment.

3. Egg production today uses fewer resources and produces less waste. A new Egg Industry Center study shows the industry has decreased greenhouse gas emissions by more than 70 percent and uses 32 percent less water over the past 50 years.

4. At an average of just 15 cents apiece, eggs are the most affordable source of high-quality protein.

5. Eggs’ nutrients can help you with weight management, muscle strength, eye health, brain function and having a healthy pregnancy. Particularly important for aiding healthy brain function and pregnancy is choline (pronounced KOH-leen), which is amply present in eggs.

6. Eggs are the perfect choice for breakfast because the protein in eggs provides steady and sustained energy that starts your day off right.

7. Eggs contribute to brain function: Choline also aids the brain function of adults by maintaining the structure of brain cell membranes, and is a key component of the neuro-transmitter that helps relay messages from the brain through nerves to the muscles.

8. Eggs are good for the eyes:  Lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants found in egg yolks, help prevent macular degeneration, a leading cause of age-related blindness. Though eggs contain a small amount of these two nutrients, research shows that the lutein from eggs may be more bioavailable than lutein from other food sources.

9.  Eggs provide varying amounts of several B vitamins required for the production of energy in the body, such as thiamin, riboflavin, folate, B12 and B6.

10. The protein in eggs provides steady and sustained energy because it does not cause a surge in blood sugar or insulin levels, which can lead to a rebound effect or energy “crash” as blood sugar levels drop.

I am partnered with the American Egg Board, but this post was done independently to share my love for eggs and commitment to real food. See Incredible Egg for more information about eggs and recipes

Kale Frittata Recipe

I love making Frittatas so I thought why not a Kale Frittata recipe? I added red bell pepper, leeks, Parmesan and feta and oh, it was fabulous! Add any of your favorite vegetables such as mushrooms, onion, tomato, or other greens such as collards or swiss chard. Kale, one of the top super-foods, is so healthy for you and inexpensive. This is a great way to use it up, using 31/2 cups of fresh kale. Serve with a side salad and you’ll have a great holiday brunch, lunch main course, or a “what’s for dinner “recipe. Enjoy!

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit Recipe

Our weather in Birmingham has been so dreary since the new year with SO many rainy days, so I thought I would share a comfort food recipe.This Grilled Egg, Cheese and Bacon Biscuit recipe is my three kids’ favorite breakfast lately. This recipe is just one of the breakfast recipes in my latest book “150 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes”. With 150 options, you’ll find recipes including appetizers, breakfast recipes (such as this one), main dishes, desserts and condiments in this cookbook. An entire chapter is also dedicated to light and healthy grilled cheese recipes. This book has something for about everyone and every season. For more information on where to purchase my book, click here.  It can also be found in local bookstores as well as Amazon.

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

 

Lightened Up Noodle Kugel with Greek Yogurt

Yom Kippur is the Jewish holiday known as “Day of Attonement” starting tonight at sundown until Wednesday night at sundown. It is known as the holiest day of the year where Jewish people fast for 25 hours as well as pray and repent for their sins from the past year. On Wednesday night families get together for a “break the fast” where a light meal its typically served with smoked salmon, bagel, egg dishes and noodle kugel. Every year my family begs me to make my noodle kugel recipe so this year, I changed things up a bit. I took one of my favorite noodle kugel recipes for Apricot Noodle Kugel, and I added fruit tidbits and golden raisins. I also used nonfat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, reduced the butter and the eggs.

I am so lucky to be spending this year with my dad. I miss my mom so much, but I thrilled for the opportunity to have my 3 kids and I live in his beautiful home where we feel love and can give him love. This is a picture from tonight at dinner with my dad and two sisters. If you’re celebrating the holiday, have an easy fast. If you’re not, enjoy this for a wonderful brunch recipe.

Quinoa Chicken Fried Rice Recipe

My oldest son, Alec, has been begging me to make homemade fried rice for a while. I decided to twist the basic recipe and make it with quinoa instead of rice. This Quinoa Chicken Fried Rice recipe is a hit for something new and different for your weeknight table, especially if you’re looking for something gluten-free, healthy and hearty. Feel free to substitute rice for the quinoa if you wish, but I love that quinoa is a gluten-free, nutty grain that is a complete protein which is high in fiber, low in calories and is high in iron, magnesium and calcium.