Quinoa….what’s that?

Well, let’s start off by saying it correctly…..say “Keen Whaa”.  This has got to be the super food of the grain family.  It is a relative of the spinach and Swill Chard family, so that’s where it gets its nutritional punch from.  And it has been eaten for thousands of years by the native South Americans.  This grain is a complete protein, full of anti-oxidants, magnesium and a whole list of other good things.

We are trying to add more to our diet and tried this recipe last night!

crispy quinoa cakes

Pass the Quinoa please!

 

Crispy Quinoa Cakes with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

1 large egg
2 Tbs all-purpose flour
1-1/2 Tbs tahini or nut butter

1-1/2 red wine vinegar

1-1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1/2 cup finely grated sweet potato

1/2 10-oz. pkg frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry

1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
2 oz. crumbled feta cheese, optional

2 Tbs finely diced onion

1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)

1/2 tsp salt.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Coat baking sheet with cooking spray.  Combine eggs, flour, tahini and vinegar in a bowl.  Stir in remaining ingredients, then mash together until mixture is firm enough to shape into cakes.  Shape mixture into 1/4-cup patties with wet hands.  Bake on prepared baking sheet 25 minutes, turning once, or until cakes are browned.

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

makes 2-1/2 cups

1-1/2 cups roasted red peppers, drained

1/2 cup toasted almonds

1 clove garlic

2 tsp white wine balsamic vinegar

Puree all ingredients in a food processor and serve with Crispy Quinoa Cakes.

Recipe from Vegetarian Times September 2011 issue

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Cinnamon Roll French Toast…..

This recipe by no means is healthy, but it is fun and delicious!  I had frozen some left over cinnamon rolls that I had gotten from Ikea.  Since my husband had  had a long trip I knew there was no way the kids and I could finish them all, so  in the freezer they went.   He had mentioned that his co-pilot had tried making French Toast out of cinnamon rolls and that reminded me of the rolls in our freezer.  We prepared them like you would for any French Toast recipe,  they were yummy paired with a hot and steamy cup of coffee.   Our house is filled with the aroma of vanilla, cinnamon, butter…no complaints here!

Cinnamon Rolls

4 eggs

1/2 cup of cream or milk

butter

vanilla

cinnamon

french toast

Whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon

cinnamon roll french toast

Slice the rolls in half

cinnamon roll french toast

Dip the cinnamon roll into the batter

cinnamon roll french toast

Put in a hot pan with butter until golden brown

cinnamon roll french toast

So yummy!

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Just Ducky!

We ended Dd week learning all about ducks.  We read the children’s classic “Make Way For Ducklings” by Robert McClosky and “One Duck, Another Duck” by Charlotte Pomerantz.  We sang some ducky songs and then made a cute duck craft!  I love Make Way for Ducklings, it brings you to a time when police officers directed traffic, women and men wore hats and people stopped to notice things.  The song The Little White Duck is a really old song that my own mother used to sing to me when I was little and now I sing it to my own children and class.

The Little White Duck

There’s a little white duck sitting in the water
a little white duck doing what he oughter
he took a bite of a lily pad
flapped his wings and he said “I’m glad
I’m a little white duck sitting in the water
quack! quack! quack!”

there’s a little green frog swimming in the water
a little green frog doing what he oughter
he jumped right off of the lily pad
that the little duck bit and he said “I’m glad
I’m a little green frog swimming in the water
ribbit! ribbit! ribbit!”

there’s a little black bug floating on the water
a little black bug doing what he oughter
he tickled the frog on the lily pad
that the little duck bit and he said “I’m glad
I’m a little black bug floating on the water
bzzz! bzzz! bzzz!”

there’s a little red snake playing in the water
a little red snake doing what he oughter
he frightened the duck and the frog so bad
he ate the bug and he said “I’m glad
I’m a little red snake playing in the water
hiss! hiss! hiss!”

now there’s nobody left sitting in the water
nobody left doing what he oughter
there’s nothing left but the lily pad
the duck and the frog ran away, I’m sad
’cause there’s nobody left sitting in the water

boo! hoo! hoo!

make way for ducklings

"Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey

one duck another duck

"One Duck, Another Duck" by Charlotte Pomerantz

paper plate duck craft

First we started with half of a paper plate, then added a cut out head, beak, google eye and feet

paper plate duck craft

Adding the google eye

paper plate duck craft

Just waiting for his tail!

duck craft

Making the tail out of hand prints

paper plate duck craft

Our finished paper plate Little White Duck

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