Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What? A Dinner Plan? Recipe Links?

I know, I know... It has been, like, FOREVER since I last discussed a dinner plan and gave links for recipes. I thought it was a good time to discuss what has gone on in Kir's Kitchen recently and share some links to a couple of the successes thus far.

Lately, I have been on a healthy kick; incorporating more of the good-for-you stuff into our evening meals. Discovering quinoa was a big part of the dietary change-over. It tastes good (you can do so much with it), keeps you full for a long time (I'm pretty sure that it's expanding in my stomach after I ingest it), and is chock full of protein and fiber (my trainer would be so proud!). If you have yet to try this great side dish, I definitely suggest that you do so. It's worth a try! If you are hesitant to get started on the quinoa journey, here are some basic recipes to try. 

I made this with chicken tenderloins, and it ended up as a great alternative to everyday chicken fingers. Plus, it was simple!

Instead of spaghetti, try a shorter whole-grain pasta. I substituted fusilli for the longer variety. Doing so (a happy accident, because it was all I had in the pantry) was great because the walnuts, kale, and tomatoes were chunky as well as the noodles. It all worked well together.

Easy and delicious, this was a very good recipe choice; however, because of the sugar content in the glaze, the pan was nearly impossible to clean after broiling. Tinfoil next time?

Okay, so that's a few, I hope you enjoy them... bon appetite! 


  1. Clearly, I need to buy a food processor.

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    I LOVE quinoa. My husband and I don't eat pasta anymore- just quinoa. We also make quinoa chorizo. Yum, yum, yum!

    Becca's Perspective

  3. Jon- Instead of breaking out the big old food processor, I used the little one that attaches to my immersion blender. So much easier to take out and clean. Definitely a tool to ask for!

    Rebecca- Quinoa chorizo? That sounds awesome... you have to give me the recipe!

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