Well the second Friday of Lent is here so I thought I'd share one of my meatless meal ideas. I actually made this earlier in the week (with meat) but it totally works without it too. Lately, I've been "trying" to make sure we eat less processed food. Obviously it's just an effort. I don't obsess about it because that would make me crazy. Peter's lunch today may or may not have consisted of cheez-its, animal crackers, and pirates booty...But seriously I am trying! Andrew needs to eat right for the sake of his heart health and I need to eat right so I can stop looking 3 months prego (stupid fupa). Anyway, this recipe is my feeble attempt at clean eating. I have absolutely no claim at being a good or creative cook in the kitchen but I think this one is pretty good.
I made this recipe for my bff Emma and she gave it a stamp of approval. I hope you like it too! It's packed with protein sources (other than meat) so you don't have to worry about it being too carb heavy.
What you'll need... Quinoa, (pre-cooked) lentils, zucchini, yellow squash, and (pre-cooked) edamame.
1) Cook 1 cup of quinoa. In a small soup pot bring 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water to a boil. Reduce to simmer and set timer for 12 minutes. Quinoa is done when you can see the ring around the grain.
2) Cut up zucchini and squash and spread over a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Place the veggies in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes.
3) Warm up in a skillet your (pre-cooked) edamame and lentils. I buy these at Trader Joe's. Having them pre-cooked is nice so they are ready to go in just a few minutes. Save this step towards the end so that you don't over heat them causing them to get mushy.
4) Once the quinoa and veggies are done, mix them in the skillet with the edamame and lentils.
3) Season you skillet with your choice of spices and you're all set!
This recipe makes about 6 servings. If you want to add meat I would suggest diced pancetta (said in my Giada De laurentiis voice) or slow cooked chicken breast. And as far as modifying this recipe.... you really can add/sub anything. I think next time I'll add some roasted chick peas and sautéed mushrooms!
If you give this a try, let me know me know what you think!