This easy and delicious Herb and Garlic Quinoa is the perfect side dish to accompany just about anything. What’s even better is the recipe uses pantry staples so you can throw it together whenever you are looking for an easy side dish to pair with dinner.
Herbed Quinoa Recipe
You need to keep this recipe in your back pocket because whenever you are looking for a side dish to pair with your dinner, this is the one! Nutritious and earthy, quinoa is cooked up with pantry staples to make the best flavored quinoa side dish! You have the option to either add dried herbs or fresh herbs if you have them, making this the perfect seasoned quinoa dish to make all year long.
Italian herb blend (or fresh herbs)
Is quinoa healthy?
Our in-house nutritionist Gabby says: Quinoa is tremendously healthy, especially for those following a vegan or vegetarian diet. Quinoa is one of the very few plant proteins that contains all nine essential amino acids that our body cannot make by itself, making it a complete protein. Not only is it a rich source of protein, it is also naturally gluten-free, safe for those with celiac disease.
There is much debate about whether quinoa is a seed or a grain. Either way it is a nutrient-dense, high-fiber substitute for things like white pasta. Quinoa is high in many vitamins and nutrients that Americans are deficient in such as magnesium, thiamin, folate, iron, potassium, calcium and phosphorus.
Do you need to rinse quinoa?
This is controversial because some people feel strongly that they prefer to not rinse quinoa. But after all of our testing we feel that this is not a step that should be skipped, even if your quinoa says “pre-rinsed”. Rinsing the quinoa gets rid of the natural powdery coating called saponin that has a strong, somewhat unpleasant flavor. To rinse it, put the quinoa in a strainer and rinse really well under cold water for 1-2 minutes. Then it’s ready to use.
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Rinse quinoa under cold running water really well.
In a medium pot add all of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 10 minutes.
Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 5 minutes.
Fluff with a fork and serve!
Check out this post, all about the different methods to cook quinoa.
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If you’ve got 5 minutes, than you can put together this easy homemade taco seasoning recipe and always have some on hand for taco Tuesday, or any night of the week!
Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe
It sure is easy to buy your own spice blend at the store, but you know what else is easy? Making it at home so you can control the ingredients and flavor and always have it on hand! Homemade taco seasoning mix is simple, can be customized to your tastes (though we’re pretty sure you’re going to love this blend), and can be used on an endless variety of meats and veggies for a quick meal any night of the week, and not just for tacos! Use it on chicken, beef, shrimp, beans, cauliflower, potatoes or even popcorn!
What’s in it
Ground Celery Seed
Fine Sea Salt
Pinch Cayenne Pepper (optional)
Why you should make your own DIY taco seasoning
The best part about making your own spice blend is that you can control the quality of the spice and quantity of each. When you are purchasing a bottle of it at the store there is always a chance you actually don’t like the taste. You’ll know what we mean if you’ve picked up a brand name bottle and hated it because they really can vary drastically in flavor. Taco seasoning, or Mexican spice blend is definitely one of the ones that can be hit or miss. But our blend of spices? It’s the best, we promise! But also we list what we use and the quantity, so if you know you love a particular spice a lot and want to add a little extra, it’s totally okay to do. Start with 1/2 teaspoon at a time of decreasing or increasing to adjust to your particular taste.
How long does it keep
So it’s not that spices go bad, it’s that spices lose their potency. It’s generally accepted that spices should last about a year once opened, but that’s assuming the store you are purchasing it from has a quick turnover rate and isn’t let spices sit on the shelves for a while. If you are making this spice blend with spices that have been sitting on your shelf for a while your blend will lose its potency quicker. At the LCK test kitchen, if spices have been around for more than a year we toss and refresh with new ones.
Place all ingredients in a jar and stir or shake to mix it up completely.
Close with a tight fitting lid and store for up to one year (see note).
Spices are best kept for one year, so if you are starting with older spices it may lose its potency sooner.
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This Cauliflower Hummus recipe is so simple to put together and is a great vegan and legume-free alternative to traditional hummus. It’s Whole30, Keto and Paleo friendly and truly you wouldn’t notice it wasn’t traditional hummus.
Cauliflower really is a magical vegetable that can be turned into anything! Previously we’ve made noodle-free tuna casserole, hash browns, cauliflower parmesan, and pizza bites with cauliflower and now we’ve turned a classic dip into a legume-free version! This Cauliflower Hummus is so close in flavor to the real thing that most people eating it wouldn’t know it wasn’t traditional hummus. This is a great dip for people who can’t tolerate beans, those eating a paleo diet or a low carb diet. But also it’s just a really great dip: no special diet or lifestyle needed to love this one.
And the best part about it all is that it’s so easy to make. Simply roast some cauliflower and garlic (of course!) and whirl it up in a food processor or blender with some traditional flavorings and it’s done!
What do you serve cauliflower hummus with?
This is a great dip to serve alongside a spread of crackers, vegetables or pita or a gluten-free equivalent. This would also be lovely served along a dinner like grilled chicken and vegetables.
How long can you store cauliflower hummus?
It can be kept in a refrigerator for about 3 days. It can easily be made ahead of time if serving at an event!
Tools we used in this recipe:
Essentials: knife and spatula
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On a sheet pan toss together cauliflower, whole garlic cloves and avocado oil. Roast until tender, about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly.
Remove roasted garlic from the skin and add to a food processor. Add cauliflower and all of the remaining ingredients and process until the hummus comes together.
If desired top with a drizzle of olive oil, paprika and fresh parsley. Serve warm, or chill and serve cold with crackers and vegetable crudite.
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This Sausage and Vegetable Pasta is my go-to gluten-free dish for a quick weeknight meal or for entertaining. It’s delicious, serves a crowd, is easy to prepare, and is made using only ONE POT!
Sausage and Spring Vegetable Pasta
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Optional: 2 to 4 tablespoons fresh parmesan cheese
In a large pot, make pasta as directed on the box/bag of pasta you are using.
Drain pasta and set aside.
In the same pot, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and sauté garlic for 30 seconds. Add in broccoli and asparagus and sauté for 5 to 10 minutes until fork tender. To speed up the time, add 2 teaspoons of water and cover the pot.
Remove the casing from the sausage and add to the pot. Cook until no pink remains.
These Baked Saucy Garlic Wings are the perfect addition to your Superbowl party, or tonight’s dinner! Slather on the garlicky, delicious sauce for some crowd pleasing wings!
First, let’s chat a bit! Remember a few months back I was in Atlanta with some bloggers for a fun Tuttorosso event with Chef Hugh Acheson?
Well, at the event, the Tuttorosso ladies set up a canned tomato tasting and we were all mind blown. Quite literally. I’ve never taste-tested canned tomatoes, because it’s not a typical thing to eat out of a can, and oh my, you guys….There is such a difference it’s really just insane. Between texture, flavor, appearance, color, and so much more. It really is interesting to check out.
SO, I decided to do a little experiment at home to show you. We have two different cans, same type of tomatoes (whole, peeled plum tomatoes). I cracked open the cans (not literally cracked), but you get the idea. Just look at the difference between these two tomatoes.
I wish you could have been in the kitchen with us when we did our little taste test.
Tuttorosso’s tomatoes were hands down the freshest, tastiest, and were uniformed (as you can see). The Tuttorosso can had no peels in the sauce, no taste from the can, etc. Canned tomatoes are used so often in recipes, and for good reason, so it definitely is a fun little experiment to try at home so you can really taste and see the difference in the canned tomatoes you are using!
Now… to the wings!
The Superbowl is right around the corner. For good measure and for some good taste-testers, I made these wings for last’s week championship game and everybody loved them!
They are perfectly cooked. Saucy, garlicky, and finger-lickin’ good.
In a small saucepan, heat butter and minced garlic and mix for 2 minutes
Add in additional sauce ingredients and mix to combine
Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes until thick and slightly reduced
While cooking, toss the wings with salt, pepper, and oil
Line on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through
Once wings are cooked, remove from the oven and toss with sauce (reserve about 1/3 for dipping)
Place back on baking sheet and place oven on broil (high)
Broil wings for 5 minutes to get them nice and crispy
Serve with additional sauce and fresh chopped cilantro
*Can use sauce in the whole or diced tomatoes, or blend up 1 cup of the tomatoes.
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These Gluten Free Garlic Breadsticks takes my favorite gluten-free pizza dough recipe and turns them into a garlic lover’s dream! They’re easy to make and perfect to serve as a snack or alongside your favorite Italian dish.
Gluten Free Garlic Flatbread
I love garlic sticks, and this gluten-free version definitely doesn’t disappoint! They’re easy to make, without the hassle of waiting for yeast to rise and they’re so delicious! Easy to whip up on with a weeknight dinner to serve alongside your favorite pasta dish or soup!
Ingredients Needed for Gluten Free Garlic Breadsticks
Ground flax meal
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