Thursday, October 21, 2010

I'll Start Again on Monday...

Proverbs 31 has a daily devotional and today's is about rewriting some of the scripts we tell ourselves when we are being tempted. Find the whole devotion here - "I'll Start Again on Monday".

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Romans 8:37 (NIV)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Spicy Honey Chicken & Quinoa Salad with Peaches

I made this meal the other day and it was really good! I found the recipes in the September issue of Cooking Light. I made Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs, Quinoa Salad with Peaches, and fresh steamed green beans. (Sorry for the poor quality pictures.)

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs

2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
Cooking spray
6 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons cider vinegar

1. Preheat broiler.

2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl. Add chicken to bowl; toss to coat. Place chicken on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Broil chicken 5 minutes on each side.

3. Combine honey and vinegar in a small bowl, stirring well. Remove chicken from oven; brush 1/4 cup honey mixture on chicken. Broil 1 minute. Remove chicken from oven and turn over. Brush chicken with remaining honey mixture. Broil 1 additional minute or until chicken is done.
4 Servings (321 calories per 2 thighs)

Quinoa Salad with Peaches

1 1/2 cups water
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped green onions
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 sliced ripe peach

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan; add uncooked quinoa. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Cool quinoa slightly. Stir in peppers, onions, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, honey, pepper and peach. 4 Servings (196 calories per 1 cup)

Friday, October 1, 2010

What is so good about Quinoa?

We call quinoa (KEEN-WA) a grain but is actually a seed that has a mild, slightly nutty flavor. It is cooked similar to rice. It is light and fluffy like couscous or rice. Since it is mild, it can be an alternative to rice in recipes. Nutritionally, it is an excellent choice to incorporate into your meals. It's also gluten-free.

In 1/4 cup dry uncooked quinoa we have:
7 grams protein
10% iron
2% calcium
3 grams fiber
170 calories

It also has
B vitamins
Vitamin E

My bag says 1 cup dry will yield 4 cups cooked.

It really is sooo good for you. You ought to give it a try!