Fall Quinoa

Well, it is that time of year. In Minnesota the leaves are changing color and the temperatures are dropping fast. And I get the craving for warm, comfort foods. It is amazing how in the summer, all I crave is watermelon and anything cold and a few short months later, all I want is to warm up my house. Either by baking or warming my stomach with delicious fall dishes. I gathered what I had in my pantry and refrigerator and set to work for a warm fall supper. Don’t be afraid to try quinoa, it is fast and versatile as long as you season it. Think of it as a protein packed rice.

Here is the recipe for my Fall Quinoa:

1 cup Quinoa

2 cups water

Handful of fresh cranberries

2 handfuls of fresh spinach

About 1 cup frozen broccoli

Handful of black olives, quartered

Black pepper, sea salt, and grated parmesan cheese (to taste)

Prep quinoa according to package, when water comes to a boil, add the cranberries. Lower heat and add spinach, and continue to cook. Last 5 minutes add broccoli and olives.  Once water is absorbed and quinoa is fully cooked, to taste add the black pepper, sea salt, and parm.  Stir and enjoy.

You will notice, much of my cooking if a handful or to taste.  With recipes like this, you can add as much broccoli or parmesan as you want. Or change it up the veggies or parm to something that better fits your taste.

Again, enjoy!

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Breakfast for supper II

A great way to use up leftovers is to add to an egg dish. Last night I made sliced potatoes and made extra knowing that I wanted to make a frittata for supper the following day. Egg dishes are so versatile, you can add basically anything you want and it will turn out. To this frittata, I added my leftover potatoes, tomatoes (some of the last from our garden since it has turned cold here), and mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Yum!

Recipe:

10 eggs

1/2 cup water

Any leftovers or add ins you want (potatoes, tomatoes, cheese)

Heat a 10 inch skillet (oven safe) on stove top and pre heat oven to 400 degrees.

Spray skillet with cooking spray.  Crack eggs into bowl mix and add water, mix again until all yolks are nicely combined.

Pour into skillet and reduce heat to medium low.

Let cook until sides are slightly set and place in your add ins.

Carefully place in oven and bake about 8 to 10 minutes, and last-minute place oven to broil to caramelize.

Using a hot pad remove and enjoy, but be aware the handle is hot.

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We’re All Going Out To Eat

Those are words I love to hear. But growing up, going out to eat was reserved for special occasions, travel, and Sunday brunch, so we did not hear those words that often. So when I was back home on Saturday, I suggested going out to eat, my family all jumped on the idea. There was also no question as to where we would go. One of our favorite places Carls. Otherwise known as Carls Corner in Essig, MN. Just a few miles outside of New Ulm, Carls Corner is a mainstay for locals.

This is not a fancy, expensive restaurant, although it is good to make reservations. In all the years we have been going to Carls, I don’t think it has changed once, the decor is the same and the menu is memorized by my family. No need to even look at it. You go to Carls to eat real food and have real drinks. Known for their pizza and chicken dinners, you won’t find reviews online, but through word of mouth.

After making the short drive, we arrived at Carls, to “hellos” to my parents and sister (who I guess eat at Carls frequently), settling on we order our meals. My parents order their normal, chicken dinners, my dad’s potato choice being hash browns with fried onions. My sister chose her normal burger with onion rings and I opted to try their fish dinner (and being my father’s daughter, I also ordered hash browns). After a short wait, our delicious food arrived, it was hard to wait the few minutes for me to snap a few pictures for this blog.  My dad had his fork set and ready to dig in, when I asked if he wanted his picture taken (his food, of course).

It was a great evening with my family and was capped off with a card game with my husband’s brother and friends.  A great Saturday!

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Pizza Spin

I love to try new products, and recently I purchased a Pillsbury Gluten Free Pizza Crust. I didn’t want to make the traditional pizza, and since I love breakfast, decided to put a spin on the pizza crust. Very easy, all you need is a tub of the Pillsbury Gluten Free Pizza Crust, eggs, and your favorite toppings. Making a quick lunch for my husband and I, I grabbed Colby Cheese, ranch, and parmesan cheese. Set to work on making my egg pizza.

My husband and I very much enjoyed this recipe and I am looking forward to trying this crust again! Hope you find this recipe just as enjoyable.

Gluten Free Egg Pizza Recipe

Pillsbury Gf Pizza Crust
2 eggs
3 slices Colby Cheese
Ranch dressing
Parmesan
Keep in mind you can use any toppings you want.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, place 2, 2 tablespoons worth of dough on baking sheet. Press with fingers to flatten. This will make 2 small crusts. When flattened, place in oven and bake 10 to 13 minutes or until golden.

While crust is baking, heat skillet to medium heat and spray with cooking spray. When heated, crack 2 eggs into pan and cook over easy.

After baking, place Colby Cheese on crust and return to oven to melt.

When cheese is melted, remove from pan. Place on plate, to with an egg and toppings of choice.

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