Quinoa With A Bang!

I tried a new recipe last night that I found on Pinterest.  It truly is all that and a bag of chips.

A one pan dish is right up my alley, especially midweek when I rarely have time to cook meals.

My normal weekly meal prep was busted on Saturday when the meat market sold out of  turkey and chicken.  They could not fill my order of 15 boneless chicken breasts, chicken patties and turkey patties. The display case was nearly empty!

The display case looked almost like it was closing, except it was only 12:30 in the afternoon!  What the????

I asked the staff if they had a crazy special or something but they said they did not.  They were as confused as I.

Anyways, back to the recipe.

A quick sauté of fresh garlic and one jalapeño pepper.

Although the the recipe does not call for rinsing the quinoa, to eliminate the sometimes bitter taste, I rinse my quinoa with water before cooking.

All the ingredients… in one pot.  This is a lovely sight. 🙂

The finished product was so damn good!  Wow!

The recipe belongs to Chungah at Damndelicious.net. Chungah, doesn’t know me, but I am grateful the Pinterest Post.  Here’s the link to the One Pan Mexican Quinoa recipe.

This was delicious, quick, and packed with protein. This recipe is the newest addition to my rotation of vegetarian recipes.

It’s funny how situations work themselves out.  My 2016 vision board includes an image to remind me of my goal to eliminate meat (chicken & turkey) from diet.

Why?  I guess from all the bodybuilding training, I have grown tired of eating chicken and turkey. I gave up beef in either 1994 or 1996. I don’t miss it.

My goal is to replace my protein source to mostly plant based sources. I will still eat seafood. I don’t know if this is a permanent change or a needed break from animals but I am ready for a diet change.

With that said, nine days in to 2016 I was still buying meat. 😦

The empty meat case of was God’s way of reminding me of my goal for the new year.

Since I had no intentions of buying meat locally for myself, I was forced this week to work on my new goal.

Today is day two of no chicken or turkey. All is good.

Meanwhile I continue to search for vegetarian recipes.  Thank goodness for Pinterest.

Please!!! If you have ideas or recipes, please share them with me.  Thank you in advance. 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

Quick Saturday afternoon stir-fry

Cooking on Saturday afternoons is not usually on my agenda.  However, since it’s such a cool, rainy/snowy Saturday afternoon, I felt encouraged to throw a little something together. 

Quick Poultry Stir-fry


1 lb. Pork Loin, turkey, or chicken for stir fry

1 Tbsp. Lawry’s Spoon Perfect blend chicken poultry rub

1 tsp. Lawry’s Seasoned salt

Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce *

1 medium red pepper

1 medium yellow pepper

1 medium orange pepper

1 large sweet onion

1 cup red wine vinaigrette

1 ½ Tbsp. Korean teriyaki stir-fry sauce *

1 tsp. crushed red peppers (less or none if you don’t like spice)

1 bundle of broccoli rabe


Chop onions, peppers and set aside.

Add pork loin, turkey, or chicken to stir fry pan.  Add olive oil, soy sauce, spices and slowly brown.

Once meat is thoroughly brown, add onions, peppers, stir-fry sauce, red wine vinaigrette, and crushed red peppers.  Cover and simmer on low until vegetables are tender. *Both items are still high in sodium, so use them sparingly. If I could find a substitute with even less sodium, I would use it.  But both the soy sauce and teriyahki sauce add such great flavor, I cannot resist!

You can also add broccoli, zucchini, fresh carrots, spinach or other vegetables to this dish.   At the last-minute, I found a bunch of broccoli rabe in the fridge, so I cut them up and tossed them in the pan.

We’re enjoying the stir-fry for dinner served over brown rice, cooked in 100% natural chicken broth.  It’s tasty, spicy, and has a little kick to it.  I hope that you try it and that you enjoy it.  This was a quick throw together meal, but tastes like I slaved over it.  Lol!