Yum Hey What's for Dinner Mom?: July 2011


Just Another Meatless Monday #71 Gluten Free Tabbouleh

Hey What's For Dinner

This is my recipe for a gluten free Tabbouleh. Usually made with bulgur this one made with quinoa is protein packed and just as flavorful as bulgur wheat. I was looking for a way to use some of the 10 pounds of quinoa I purchased from Azure standard in our last bulk food order when I came across a tabbouleh recipe in a Martha Stewart cook book. That recipe was so-so but it sparked my imagination and I came up with this recipe instead.

Gluten Free Tabbouleh--grain needs time to cool

4 cups water plus more for rinsing quinoa
2 cups quinoa
1/2 market bunch of parsley-a good handful
1 green onion
1 cucumber
3 large tomatoes-best you can afford
small handful of fresh mint leaves
3 TBSP olive oil
3 TBSP plain yogurt
1 TBSP lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

bring the 4 cups of water to a boil in 2 quart dutch oven or sauce pan
then wash quinoa, you must wash quinoa before cooking with to remove bitter saponins (present to keep birds from eating it) this is easy enough to do, place quinoa in a bowl cover it with water and gently rub the quinoa between your hands for 1-2 minutes then rinse with cool water and drain off as much water as possible, set aside
when your cooking water is boiling pour in the rinsed quinoa and return to a boil
reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally
when finished cooking cool completely
when cooled, clean and finely chop all veggies
fluff the quinoa and stir in the veggies
in a small jar with a lid shake the oil, yogurt and lemon juice until blended
pour over the quinoa and veggies
stir to incorporate
cover and refrigerate to allow flavors to blend
taste and add salt and pepper to taste

Delicious and packed full of good grainy protein, the way a cool refreshing summer salad should be. My kids absolutely ate it up, of course they love quinoa, so it stands to reason they would love this. I'm slowly chipping away at the ten pounds of quinoa I bought. If you're interested (and local) in ordering in bulk and saving a lot of money on natural and health foods let me know and we'll get you signed up. Our next order will be due soon.

Peace and Love--


The Penny Worthy Project-thrifted style

I've started packing for The Road Trip of Happiness and BlogHer 11, actually making sure everything is clean and ready to wear is more like it. I decided to check my bag rather than force everything in one bag and dragging it everywhere. In preparation for the trip I spent some time laying out my thrifted clothes and snapping pictures before I rewashed them and packed them. I thought I'd share my thrifted style with you'all.

I made these two bracelets

and this one I bought 13 years ago in Mexico.

I love a good necklace, or many good necklaces it seems. None of these are new, I made the peace and love one, the tree was given to me and I bough the circles one last year.

This one was made for me by my dear friend Katie last year when I was speaking at BlogHer Food.
 I'll be wearing it again this year.

I bought this one off ebay from another dear friend Christina who's reselling to fund her wedding(SO COOL).

These are few odds and ends I think I might wear too. We'll see.

Good lord I bought a brand new with tags swimsuit, in {case} I need to swim...Catalina brand

Then we have brown pants and a sleeveless gingham

tank I showed you last week

Pink tank

purple tank dress

Cute brown skirt, bought on clearance last year

Cardigan with sparkle buttons for SparkleCorn party

hippie skirt

gauze shirt

purse was bought new last year I added the felty mushroom

this one I've had for 10 years

and this one I'm upcycling

it looked like this

I'm also taking my glass water bottle to keep from buying any disposable bottles down there.

 Even my makeup bag is thrifted!

 Oh and this vintage Vera scarf.

And I have one pair of jeans I'm taking and I plan to buy one new pair at Old Navy in San Francisco at their flagship store...three stories! THREE.

I have a couple auctions going right now, because apart from buying all my clothes throfted I'm planning to spend money made from reselling.

My thrifted style haul, thoughts? Horrid? Or Awesome? Wait maybe I don't want to know.

 I have purchased new shoe, good ones because mine were worn slap out. I invested in a good pair of Danskos because I need them after my broken ankle and foot surgery. They set me back a pretty penny but considering I spent very little on clothes, under a hundred total, I didn't feel horrible. I can't wear just any shoe now so I had to have good ones. I'll need a good bra too and I bought a pair of spanx. That's the limit on my new purchases for BlogHer 11. I feel great about it.

From beginning to end I have worked pretty hard to make the most of our money and offset the costs with reselling. I'm happy. I'm content. I'm almost ready for the Road Trip of Happiness to BlogHer 11.

Peace and Love--


Depressed or Dehydrated?

Headache or dehydrated?

Tired or dehydrated?

Sore muscles or dehydrated?

Minor confusion or dehydrated?

Bad mood or dehydrated?

Those are all signs of dehydration. When I fist started looking at this topic I had no clue I would find any of those symptoms. I thought dehydration meant I was thirsty, not cranky, or sore or tired for no reason. I was completely surprised at all those signs and a little ashamed to admit I suffer from all of those symptoms. And I drink only water, uh well after my morning coffee that is, no juice, soda or energy drinks. Even worse I discovered that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, I'm not alone but I don't even want to be in this group.

I've come to the conclusion that many times I think I'm sick and I'm not, I'm dehydrated. And I drink a good amount of water everyday but I'm thinking it's not enough. How much is enough? One site mentioned drink enough to have a full bladder every 4-5 hours but I've had a couple of kids so just LOOKING at water sets me off. Another site recommended between 2.2 and 3 liters of water daily. And yet another stated 8x8 ounces of fluid a day, not water but fluid, that seems a dangerous statement because you can get that in 3 venti coffees and yet drink no real water. I found this great water calculator on about.com and it figured I need to drink about 3 liters a day. So for me in Alaska that's what I'm going to do.

If one in 75% of us are dehydrated  and One in 20 Americans are depressed what are the chances that there is some over lap there? What is that doing to the mental state of our country? Our kids in school? Our employees? Our truck drivers. This has to have a direct correlation on the health and well being of our country as a whole. No?

And what about our insurance rates? Our doctors bills? Our pharmaceuticals? The soda industry? These all BENEFIT from us being dry and parched. Hello??

If you smoke, drink coffee, breath, sweat, drink alcohol, exercise, pee or uhhhem the other, you need to replace that water that's being used. If you suffer depression, aches and pains, minor confusion, bad moods or headaches akin to migraines or hangovers chances are you are dehydrated. Drink water for your health and for the health and well being of those who must live with you.

America the land of the free and the chronically dehydrated.

Peace and Love--


Double Cheese and Broccoli Soup

Ah yes the broccoli is still going to town in the garden and my kids have been asking for my broccoli cheese soup. Who am I to deny? We all love this soup recipe, it's a true family favorite. As luck would have it our first bulk food order was delivered here yesterday and I got a pound of grated Parmesan in my order. We love it for topping popcorn but I used some to really cheese up the soup, it got rave reviews.

Double Cheese and Broccoli Soup

2 TBSP cooking oil
1/4 of an onion, chopped
3 large heads of broccoli, stems chopped and heads broken to bite sized pieces
6 cups water or broth
1 TBSP of kosher salt--only if you don't use salty broth
1 cup milk
3 TBSP flour
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan
salt and pepper as needed

heat the oil in a 4 quart dutch oven
quickly saute the onion in the oil
add the chopped broccoli
stir and cook for a minute or so
add the water or broth scraping the pan to get up any little tasty bits
add the salt if using
bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes until broccoli is tender
meanwhile mix the milk and the flour in a small jar, put the lid on and shake until smooth
when the broccoli is tender slowly whisk in the milk flour mixture
cook and stir until soup is thickened nicely
then sprinkle on the cheddar and slowly cook and stir until blended in
do the same with the Parmesan
add salt and pepper as needed
serve soup with extra cheese sprinkle on top

We're now ordering bulk foods from Azure Standard and having them delivered to our house, like I said our first order came in yesterday, our order came and was picked up smoothly by everyone. I really love buying food in bulk and will try to note when I use products we get from Azure so anyone can see how to integrate that much food into your life. If you are local and want to join with us in ordering feel free to contact me and I'll add you to our group. Of course there is no obligation to buy every month and we don't charge any handling fee of course tips are always appreciated. HA!

Peace and Love--


Warm Potato Salad

The first time I tasted this potato salad I was completely in love, smitten if you will. The tangy dressing spiced with ample basil was such a fantastic surprise I didn't want to stop eating it. The six hungry adults completely demolished it within minutes, so eventually I had to quit eating it. I set to work pretty quickly making my version of the salad and I'm pleased to announce my kids loved it as much as we did. They liked it so much they ate it all too. I think if you DID have leftovers the salad would be great cold but so far we have not managed to have leftovers.

Warm Potato Salad 
1 1/4 pounds red potatoes
1 garlic clove crushed, peeled and minced
2 TBSP good olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste

cut potatoes to bite size, leave the peels on
cook the potatoes until fork tender
be careful not to over cook--like I did!
when the potatoes are done drain completely
pour into a bowl large enough to mix in or right back in the pan
add the minced garlic right away and toss to warm it through
mix the oil, lemon juice and vinegar together and pour over the hot potatoes
toss to coat
chop the basil and mix into the hot potatoes
taste for salt and pepper add as needed
serve right away

This recipe completely changed my mind about warm potato salad. I always assumed I'd hate them the idea of potatoes with warm mayonnaise was stomach turning. Whew, now I know better, so glad I do.

Peace and Love--


Just Another Meatless Monday #70 Broccoli Cheese Quinoa

Hey What's For Dinner

I planted 25 broccoli plants this year, guess whats booming in the garden? Yep broccoli. I've always felt like we never have enough, we do this year and hopefully we'll have enough to freeze for the winter too. I hope, I hope. This easy lunch dish was planned around what else was in my garden and ready to be used too, you can easily switch up the veggies to use what you have or what's on sale.

Broccoli Cheese Quinoa
2 cups quinoa
4 cups water plus more for rinsing
2 TBSP cooking oil
6 cups broccoli, I cut the stems into bite size pieces and then broke up the florets
2 cloves garlic, crushed, peeled and chopped
2 small zucchini-washed and dried
8 swiss chard leaves-washed and dried
10 leaves of kale-washed and dried
2 TBSP good olive oil
salt and pepper
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

while the quinoa is doing it's thing it's time to start sauteing vegetables
heat a skillet over medium heat and add a TBSP of cooking oil
add the broccoli and garlic, saute for a minute then slice the the zucchini right into the pan
cook and stir until the veggies are just tender, remove to a bowl
add the other TBSP of cooking oil and chop the bottom stems of the swiss chard in and saute for a minute or two
tear the leaves into bite size pieces and set aside
tear the stems out of the kale, tear the kale into bites size pieces
add both the chard and the kale to the pan and cook until wilted, set aside until quinoa is done
when the quinoa is done stir in all the cooked vegetables and the good olive oil
add salt and pepper to taste
serve with grated cheese on the side

Peace and Love--


The Penny Worthy Project

The Penny Worthy Project is my response to tightening our belts.  Everything seems to cost more theses days, how are you getting by? Do you sell on Etsy? Ebay? DIY? Thrift shop regularly? How are you getting by on less when everything costs more? Are you creating art, sewing or painting to let your soul breathe? I'd love to know! Leave a comment or a link to your blog post to join in and tell the world how you are making it.

I  may have found some thrifty peeps who will be a BlogHer 11, I'm excited to know I won't be the ONLY one wearing thrifted clothes and who made their traveling money reselling. I knew they HAD to be out there somewhere and after following the tweet stream #blogher11 I found 'em. This girl had a garage sale to to fund her trip to BlogHer, she's after my own heart.

I bought this cute top for a DOLLAR

I have a brown skirt or brown pants (both thrifted) I can wear with it. I can also change it up by putting brown leggings under the skirt and top it with a cardigan for evening wear or in chilled rooms. I'm NOT used to air conditioning, except the warming kind that is.

Check out this book I bought for 25 cents, it's listed on Amazon for 35 dollars and up, CRAZY.

I also found these American Dolls paper dolls which are going to be listed on eBay soon. Did anyone else used to have paperdolls? I loved them when I was little.

I LOVE these, LOVE them and I'm not selling them, wow I feel like Gollum there but I LOVE vintage FireKing.

I've been busy in the garden during the past week, so many weeds popping up. And MINT, oh my, mint a go-go here. So I decided to make dream pillows for my sons, all three of them. I picked mint, rose petals, clover, pineapple weed and chammomile from around the property.

I shook out the bugs and set them to dry today in the sun and the wind. When they are dried I'll pop a handful into a tiny pillow for each boy to tuck inside their bigger pillow cases. They smell lovely and should bring good and happy sleep to them.

I've also spent ridiculous amounts of time watching these two babies play. It's disgustingly cute and time consuming but it must be done.

ohh look what mama put in my food bowl a KITTY
I'm also giving away COOKIES for the best BlogHer advice in Haiku, details are here.

Peace and Love--


BlogHer 11 Advice in Haiku-updated with Haiku Advice

Hey can you Haiku? I'm looking for the best BlogHer 11 Conference advice in Haiku. You know 5-7-5? Everyone who is attending is writing a post about what to wear or how to fit it in all the parties or carry home their swag, but can you cut your advice down a bit? Say to 17 syllables?
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Leave your haiku in the comments and I'll publish them as they come in and link right back to you. The best conference advice haiku wins a prize. So what are you waiting for? Get your haiku on!

Say NO to high heels
Know you will thank me later
We want happy feet!

Who *is* everyone?
Try to say HI! and be nice
ignore the posers.

When the day is done
good friends are meant to be shared
treasure those good times.

Know that your pencil
will not be enough to write
all the things you hear.

Don't be a clique-hole
greet, smile, share, laugh, repeat
we're all together

Give me a reason
To make a nice new dress
Covered in flowers

Shoes are hard to find
But they finish the outfit
So get out and look!

I won't remember
if you wore a maxi dress.
Your smile says all.

Comfortable shoes.
Without them, there will be tears
as people dance by.

Do not be afraid
to give me your business card.
I want it. Really.

Tweet me beforehand.
It is awesome to know folks
Before the fun starts.

People aren't kidding.
The amount of swag is nuts.
Don't get overwhelmed.

POST BlogHer Recap from 2010--needed to be included because I like it

I type words and tweet
and now see you in real life
I'm with my people

Peace and Love--