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Volume 37, No. 3

May 2015 edition

Quinoa Salad With Broccoli-Avocado Pesto

Ingredients & Amounts: 
  • 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 2 medium heads broccoli, cut into florets
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled but left whole
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • Sea salt
  • 1 ripe avocado, pit removed
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts or almonds
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 pound mushrooms
  • 2 oz. parmesan cheese, cut into small chunks
  • fresh lemon juice (optional)
Directions: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Toss the broccoli and garlic cloves with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. Roast for 15-20 minutes, until both broccoli and garlic are beginning to brown. Stir part way through if anything looks like it's burning.
  3. Set 1/2 cup of the roasted broccoli pieces aside.
  4. Add the remaining roasted broccoli, roasted garlic, avocado, parmesan cheese, and remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil to a blender, and blend until a smooth puree is formed. Taste and season with salt. Stir in a squeeze of lemon juice if desired.
  5. Mix half a cup of the broccoli pesto and the reserved broccoli florets into the cooked quinoa. Save any leftover pesto in the fridge for another use.
  6. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add the nuts to the dry pan and toast, stirring frequently, for 2-3 minutes, or until fragrant and beginning to turn golden brown. Remove from pan and add to cooked quinoa.
  7. Add the butter to the same frying pan and let it melt. Add mushrooms and cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add to the salad and serve the whole mixture warm. 
Food Category: 
Salad
Dietary Restrictions (check all that apply): 
Egg Free
High Fiber
Vegetarian
Servings: 
2-3

Chipotle Honey Chicken Tenders and Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients & Amounts: 
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 chipotles in adobo sauce, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 pounds chicken breast tenders (or chicken breasts pounded to 3/4-inch thickness, sliced into strips)
  • 6 sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
Directions: 
  1. 24 hours before you plan on eating: Mix 1 tablesoon olive oil, chilies, minced garlic, honey, vinegar, salt, cumin, and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Pour into a large Ziploc bag. Rinse chicken tenders, pat dry, and trim any fat, then place in the bag. Close the bag and squish around to coat chicken with marinade. Refrigerate for eight to 24 hours.
  2. When ready to cook: Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. In a large baking pan, toss together remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, sweet potatoes, and an additional sprinkling of sea salt. Roast for 30 minutes, stirring once.
  4. Add marinated chicken tenders to the sweet potato pan, and continue to bake for 10 minutes, until chicken is cooked through (no pink in the middle) and juices run clear.
Food Category: 
Poultry
Dietary Restrictions (check all that apply): 
Egg Free
High Protein
Peanut Free

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