Friday, February 10, 2017

The Mix and Match Lunchbox!!


We are excited to announce our newest cook book! This one is a winner. Do you have trouble figuring out what to feed your  kids (or yourself) for lunch?
The Mix-and-Match Lunchbox breaks down the process so you only need a whole grain + a protein + a fruit + a vegetable to make a complete lunch! When you think about it in those easy steps, making lunch becomes a simple process.
But it gets even cooler than that! The recipe pages are spiral-bound and divided into 3 pieces so you or your kids can literally mix and match the recipes to lunchbox success. It's so interactive that even your littlest lunch-eaters can have help in the planning of their lunches.
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We think you'll love it! Order it from Amazon here!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Toasted Pecan


Cranberry Quinoa Salad with Toasted Pecans
I have been pondering on happiness lately and realizing I know outside influences can have a big effect on our happiness, yet I feel like we can create happiness inside ourselves no matter what is going on around us.

 I am fascinated by Denmark they are the 2nd happiest country in the world and yet they have winter days with 14 hours of darkness. That really intrigued me.  They have "Hygge"  Danish word, pronounced "hoo-ga", is usually translated into English as "cosiness". Here is more about it. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34345791. I love that word "cosiness" I love how this country creates that in their homes regardless of what is going on around them. 

It has been fun working on creating more of that in my home. I have also thought about how I can create more of that inside of me. I know often I may be guilty of thinking someone else is responsible for my happiness, and yet when I stop and think about it I realize that I am the one that is responsible for it. I know other things can add to our happiness but we can create it within us.  What are your thoughts? 
I really enjoy eating for dinner is a yummy salad. In fact often my husband and I will enjoy a salad as our main entree for our dinner. Yum! I LOVE how I can eat so many great vegetables in one serving. This salad is loaded with healthy goodness. I love the pecans in it. I used to think I didn't like pecans and now I really do our tastes can change. 

Recipe

1/2 C pecans chopped up
2 T honey
4 C kale or other favorite greens washed
1 C snow peas broken in thirds
1/2 Cucumber thinly sliced
4 radishes thinly sliced
1 C dried
crasins
1 C cooked quinoa
3/4 C feta cheese

Dressings

1/4 C apple cider vinegar
1 T mustard
1 T honey
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 C olive oil

Directions

1. In a small saucepan heat to medium low and pour in honey. Stir in the nuts and cook for a couple minutes until all thickened and nice golden color. Pour out to cool on parchment paper or a non stick surface to cool. Make sure the nuts are spread out so they don't stick together in one clump.

2. Pour all the ingredients in the blender for the dressing and blend 1 to 2 min until all combined set aside.

3. Toss all the ingredients for the salad together. Pour on the dressing right before serving or leave dressing off and pour on after serving on to plates. Enjoy!



Monday, August 10, 2015

Onion Roasted Red Poatotes




I hope you had a nice weekend. I had a really nice one. It was nice to spend time outside. I love this time of year. I wish it could last forever.

I love roasted red potatoes. I remember going over to a friends house years ago and she made them and I have been making them ever since. They are delicious.

Ingredients

8 red potatoes scrubbed and cubed
4 T dried onions
3 T dried parsley
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 T olive oil

Directions

1. In a greased square pan. place washed and cubed potatoes.
2. Sprinkle the onions, parsley, garlic, salt pepper on to the potatoes.
3. Drizzle the oil over the potatoes and toss them until they are all covered with oil.
4. Bake in oven for about 45 minutes or until potatoes are soft and light golden brown. Stir once or twice during baking for even cooking.
5. Serve warm add more salt and pepper if desired.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Chewy Almond Oatmeal Cookies (Gluten Free)



These cookies got gobbled up by my family they are chewy and delicious. It was fun to use almond flour in them and have them turn out so well. They had great flavor .

Ingredients

1/2 C honey
2 T coconut oil
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 T warm water
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 C Oatmeal gluten free
1 3/4  C Almond flour Bobs Red Mill
1/2 C dark chocolate chips

Directions    Heat oven to 350  makes about 20 cookies

1. In a small bowl pour in the honey, oil, extract and beat together until smooth.
2. Then beat in egg.
3. Pour baking powder into a small bowl and stir in water until all combined. Stir into egg mixture.
4. Then stir in salt, oatmeal and flour. Until all combined.
5. Fold in the chips.
6. Scoop on to cookie sheets. I flattened them a little with a spatula.
7. Bake until light golden about 8-10 min. Take out of the oven and place the cookies on cooling rack. Enjoy!!!!

* If the dough is too sticky add another 1 to 2 T flour.



Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Quinoa Chicken Bake


So there is certainly something to be said for having dinner already when my husband comes home. I think we all love coming home to the smell of food being prepared. I made this last night for dinner and we really enjoyed it. The quinoa makes the dish a little lighter than having rice with it. It is a quick meal and light meal. Happy Summer!

Ingredients

3 C cooked quinoa
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut up
3 T soy sauce (low sodium if you have it)
1 T honey
3 T apple cider vinegar
4 T olive oil
5 minced garlic cloves
1 1/4 white onion chopped up
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 T dried parsley
more salt and pepper to taste after baking

Directions   heat oven to 350

1. Grease a 13x9 pan and spread quinoa evenly in the pan.
2. Then distribute chicken evenly in the pan.
3. Pour the rest of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk until all combined.
4. Drizzle evenly over the chicken and quinoa
5. Place in preheated oven bake for 40 minutes or until chicken is lightly browned. Stir once or twice while baking to distribute the marinade.
6. Take out of the oven when all cooked and serve warm with a nice green salad.


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Quinoa Energy Bites (gluten free)


This recipe was motivated by eating the "Aussie Bites" at Costco. I thought it would be fun to make them with out as much sugar and butter. I had all the ingredients so it was easy to whip them up. You have the option of eating them raw or baking them. I had them both ways. I enjoyed the baked version the best. The baked version reminded me of a many muffin. They are loaded with nourishing goodness that will add energy to your day.


Ingredients

1 C Old fashioned Oatmeal (gluten free)
1/2 C cooked quinoa
1/4 C sunflower seeds unsalted or pumpkin seeds
1/4 C ground flax seeds
1/4 C chia seeds
1/4 C honey or vegan sweetener
1/2 C dried apricots chopped or dried fruit of your choice
1/4 C raisins
1 tsp vanilla

Directions     makes 12

1. Pour all of the ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend until the mixture is similar to cookie dough. It all sticks together.
2. Scoop into balls. You can eat them raw.
3. For baking version. Preheat oven to 350.  Bake in heated oven for about 8 min. Take out of oven and let cool.
4. Store leftovers in airtight container in fridge or freezer.



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Hello, friends and family,
We'd love to provide you with a free digital version of Quinoa Crazy, as well as an exclusive first look into our newest book Chia crazy: Clean Eating with the World's Greatest Super Food, way before it's available in stores! How? By helping with our ambassador program to promote our new book. I'd be very grateful if you would help me spread the word about our blog and new books!

It's really easy to be an ambassador. It would just include doing a couple of short posts on social media and an online book review. I can't tell you how helpful those reviews are!!! Even the not-as-good ones add depth to a book that people are ordering online. It can make or break our book. Of course, we do prefer the good reviews. :)


It shouldn't take more than a few minutes a week for the next five weeks. If you are interested in participating, please contact my media rep Catherine Ryan at catherine@familius.com. Or send us a message at graincrazy@gmail.com, or just even leave your email in the comments! Any questions?

Again, We are so grateful for your help in spreading the word and informing people everywhere about these phenomenal foods!

Best,
Cherie and Britney