Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Tuesday Food Day + Extras

Let me start by saying that life is absolutely insane right now for us so I am sorry I completely missed blogging yesterday!  We are due to move into our house NEXT THURSDAY!!!!!  I am just a tad overwhelmed!  SO bear with me over the next few weeks, posts may be slim to none.  But I enjoy this, so it may end up being my outlet.  

Back to food.  One of my best buds Libba, sent me this recipe yesterday thinking I would like it.  Does she know me or what?  This recipe is right up my alley!  I was all geared up to make it last night, only problem was I had not gone to the store since last week.  So completely random pickin's from the fridge.  This recipe did get me started with an idea though.  The original recipe can be found here, which looks delicious and then I will include below MY recipe made from "things in the fridge."  

Chickpea Quinoa + Roasted Tomatoes + Grilled Shrimp

1 cup quinoa
1/2 container roasted grape tomatoes (what I had on hand but any variety would work)
bibb lettuce( wish I had other greens on hand like swiss chard or kale but lettuce would have to do)
1 can chickpeas
1/3 cup raisins (recipe called for golden but I had regular)
lemon (would be better with lemon dressing-olive oil, garlic, lemon, s + p)
shrimp-peeled, deveined, marinate with honey, sriracha sauce, olive oil, s + p
*brussel sprouts-side item

First make the quinoa by boiling 2 cups of water + salt and adding 1 cup of quinoa and cook for 10-15 minutes with the lid on at a low simmer until all liquid is absorbed.  

roast tomatoes for about 20 minutes at 400 with s + p + olive oil.

marinate shrimp with honey, olive oil, s + p and sriracha sauce and grill.

*roast brussel sprouts with garlic, s + p, olive oil, sriracha sauce, and soy sauce at 400 for 10-12 minutes

saute olive oil, s + p, garlic, raisins, chickpeas and add roasted tomatoes at the end with a  squeeze of lemon.  

We served ours in bowls.  Lettuce first, quinoa, chick pea mixture, shrimp, side of brussel sprouts, scallions and lemon juice to top it off.  When making this again I would make a dressing for the "salad" such as my go to lemon dressing!  Not sure if Big R was starving or if he really loved it but he went back for more!  He also drowns his food in soy sauce so he may not of even known what he was eating:)  I loved it and it was really healthy, light eating which I always love!  AND I was able to be inventive and use only ingredients I had on hand!  

Scenes lately via my Iphone

We spent Saturday night at Sullivans with my cousin and her hubby and their little one/godson.  Is he not the cutest!!! He and Mr. Big are 6 months apart so I know they will have the best time misbehaving together!  Is it just me or do you see what he is doing. Full extension of leg to knock his cuz off daddy's lap....fortunately we're dealing with two tough guys so we let them duke it out!!!

Little R runs every time I pull my phone or camera out so only this little badger ends up in all the pics!  My in laws brought both boys back these cowboy boot glasses from their recent trip to the mountains and next thing I know baby cakes has pulled them out the cabinet and is slipping them onto his feet trying to walk.  

And don't forget to come to our Rikshaw show at Novel. 341 King Street Suite B this Thursday and Friday!!!!!  SOOO many cute things for momma and/or babe


Natalie {Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers} said...

Your recipes are the best and most importantly I'm so impressed Big R eats that healthy. My hubs is a struggle to please with healthy meals! Sad I'm headed to Charlotte so I'll miss the trunk show:(

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