Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Quinoa Mac and Cheese

I am a HUGE Mac & Cheese fan.  Give me any cheese, any pasta, and toss it together, and I'm a happy camper.  But everyone knows that most any pasta is a carbalicious nightmare, so I was really intrigued when I heard about this quinoa mac and cheese.

If you have never tried quinoa, you are truly missing out. It's a sprouted grain with a lot of protein; actually it's considered a complete protein.  What a novel concept.  So if you think about it, offsetting the unhealthyish nature of cheese with a superfood really balances it all out, giving you a complete and healthy meal.  

You can be really versatile with this dish; use whatever cheese you have on hand or your favorites.  I also added a thin layer of bread crumbs using sprouted wheat bread, and that added a nice crunch.  I like my pasta spicy in general, so I added Tabasco to this and it was divine.  Next time, I think I'll try adding a veggie like broccoli or mushrooms. 

Here's the recipe:

QUINOA MAC & CHEESE

Ingredients:
1.5 cups quinoa, rinsed and drained
1 tablespoon garlic salt or minced garlic
2 large eggs
1 cup nonfat milk (or soy/ almond)
1.5 cups grated cheese (or combination of your favorites)...if you want to make it healthier, use nonfat cheese

1. Toast quinoa in thin layer and then cook as instructed (about 15 min)
2. Preheat oven to 350; grease a 13x9 or 8x8 pan
3. Whisk eggs and milk in large bowl
4. Fold in quinoa and cheese  into eggs/milk
5. Stir well and transfer to baking dish
6. Bake for 35 minutes

the fluffy quinoa. i never thought making quinoa would be so easy.
all the ingredients
the quinoa mixture before the breadcrumb topping and baking

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Goodbye home sweet home

If there's one thing my family is known for, it's our love and appreciation of good eats. My weekend in a nutshell, ladies and gentlemen.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pizza my heart

You guys I have a problem. It's called no self control. You see, there's this bay area pizza chain called pizza my heart that has stolen my heart. As if one rich huge slice wasn't enough, I have this silly airport ritual of getting a slice before I hop on board my flight. I had two slices of pizza today, plus a maple oat scone, and yogurt land. They say tomorrows a new day but seeing that I'm going home to SoCal, I will definitely not be watching what I eat.

PS. My latest nerd obsession is author Nora Ephron. Fascinating woman. Remarkable storyteller. I've had the urge to read every single article I can get my grubby paws on and I dare you to do the same. She was just amazing.

Grateful

Feeling grateful this morning for friendships. I already love martinis and sushi but when you throw in not one but three fantastic girls, I'm one happy lady!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

The best smore brownies!

And it's so easy too!
1. Bake brownie mix according to directions
2. Sprinkle marshmallows and graham cracker pieces on top
3. Broil for 50 seconds

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Salty Caramel Sprinkles

My twinny is coming to town tomorrow so I went to Sprinkles to get us some sweet treats! I also used it as an excuse to go back for the sea salt caramel cupcakes (seasonal flavor until 7/29) - and of course I had to get my paws on the red velvet. I took a tiny forkful of the sea salt caramel flavor and it was magnificent! Apparently the sea salts (sorry i mean "fleur de sel" are harvested all the way from Brittany, France (okay) but all pretentiousness aside, it was a really delicious cupcake. ESP if you're a fan of the sweet and salty!

From the website:
Sprinkles Salty Caramel cupcakes are an irresistible salty-sweet flavor combination using fleur de sel crystals hand harvested from the pristine seas off Brittany, France. These fleur de sel granules are a delightful complement to the sweet, buttery caramel which flavors both the cake and frosting. Taste the rich, delicious complexity of Sprinkles take on this classic French duo.

fish tacos @ lyfe


the vibe you get from this place is fresh, healthy, and trendy.  and it all makes sense once you realize the concept of the restaurant (healthy, wholesome and organic), and the fact that the head chef (art smith) was previously a personal chef for oprah winfrey! the usual goodies like butter, heavy cream, and oil are banned from the menu and every item is under 600 calories.  they have a lot of vegan and gluten free options as well, but the restaurant itself isnt vegetarian.  

today i had the fish tacos, which was an impulse order because id originally intended on getting the "unfried chicken."  however, the cashier behind the counter suggested the fish tacos so i decided to take her advice.  it is described on the menu as "two tacos with grilled mahi, chayote slaw, avocado, chipotle aioli, green onion and cilantro on warm corn tortillas".  it was satisfying, but i have to say that no one makes a better fish taco than rubio's.  but then again, those are battered and fried, while these feature fresh plain ol mahi mahi. so i guess it depends on what you're in the mood for, but if you find yourself in palo alto and feel like eating somewhat healthy, i highly recommend this place!  

lyfe
167 N. Hamilton, Palo Alto, CA


Cutest

I came across this photo online so I have no idea whose child this is, but it's the cutest photo I've ever seen. I love his sturdy hold on the fat cat.

A new anthropologie purchase

And my favorite one yet! I'm in love with anthropologie but I just don't know how to pull off their clothes. I buy more of their candles and kitchenware than clothes. The other week, I came across this great book and had to go back and buy it. It's great for the creative writer within you! I am a little bummed bc I noticed its back in stock on amazon for only $11. Check it out! I cant wait to practice my writing ;)

Hello Kitty

The long awaited special edition hello kitty cups and spoons