Make It Yourself! Vegetarian Red Quinoa Salad

My hubby picked up a quinoa salad from Costco last month and it was oh so yummy!  There was bit of crunch, a bit of salty and sour and it hit the spot.  It looked simple enough to replicate so I decided to give it a go.  This isn't the same as the Costco one but my hubby and I really like it.  I love it because this is super simple.

What you'll need:
1 c quinoa (uncooked)
1/2 English cucumber (or regular one)
1/2 onion, diced
1 tomato 
1/2 can chickpeas
1/4 c crumbled Feta cheese
1 c oil (I used grapeseed oil this time)
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice 
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

What I did:
In a small pot, I cooked my red quinoa, check your pkg instructions.  I usually use 1/2 c less water than instructed and I cook it 3 mins less than instructed.  This way there is no water left at the end.  Put cooked quinoa in large bowl and set aside.

In a small bow I whisked together my oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Then set aside and chop up the remaining ingredients.

I quartered the cucumber and cut out the  seeds and then sliced it up.  I did the same with the tomato.  Put cucumber and tomato into the large bowl of cooked quinoa.

Then I diced 1/2 an onion and stirred it into the quinoa/cucumber/tomato mixture.

Next I opened and drained out the can of chickpeas.  I added 1/2 can into my quinoa mixture.

Finally, I mixed in my oil dressing and 1/4 c crumbled feta cheese into my quinoa mixture until everything was mixed together.  

Covered and placed my bowl of quinoa salad into the refrigerator and I think it tastes best after sitting in the fridge overnight.  Hope you all like this quick and easy recipe.  Enjoy!!  


Make Ahead! Chicken Enchiladas

This is a super quick and easy meal to make for dinner or put in the freezer for a make ahead meal for another night.  I usually make two containers of 6, one for dinner and one for the freezer for another night. The one pictured below is a mini dish that a friend and I ate to test it out!  :)

What you need:
2 - 9x13 baking dish
Flour tortillas (12 depending on how many you prefer)
1 chicken or 4 cans of cubed pre cooked chicken
4 c shredded cheese
2 cans enchilada sauce
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced

What I did:
You can buy a rotisserie chicken and cut the meat into cubes, boil a whole chicken or buy pre cooked canned chicken.  Whatever your chicken preference is you'll need about 4 cups of cooked chicken.
In a frying pan over medium heat, stir fry the diced onion and garlic until cooked.

In a large bowl, mix half the onion/garlic, 2 c chicken, 1c cheese, and 1.5 c enchilada sauce.
If you are planning on baking the enchiladas for dinner immediately, pour 1/2 can enchilada sauce onto the bottom.

Scoop the chicken mixture 1/2 c chicken mixture onto a tortilla, roll up and place into baking dish.

Top of with the remaining enchilada sauce and 1 c of cheese.


Make It Yourself! Breakfast Buritos

If you haven't figured it out, my husbands favorite meal is breakfast.  However, breakfast has to be an on the go type item.  So, here is another one of his favorites....breakfast burritos.  These are a staple in my freezer so I wasn't sure if this should be labeled make it yourself or make ahead since he can buy a delicious breakfast burrito from a mexican restaurants on his way into work but I also stock up my freezer with these.  Oh well, moving onto the good part.

What you need:
Flour tortillas (I used mission burrito sized from Costco so there are 30 in a pack)
Sausage (I used chicken apple sausage from Aidelle - 5 links cut in half lengthwise, then cut in half lengthwise, then sliced small)
2 c cheddar cheese, shredded
1 onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 large potatoes, cube small
12 eggs
2 c salsa (I used kirkland organic salsa from costco)
1/2 c milk
1/2 tsp + 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 + 1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 c water
cooking spray
frying pan
saran wrap
mixing bowls

What I did:

Over medium heat, stir fry chicken apple sausage until slightly browned then place into a bowl and set aside.

In same frying pan, coat with cooking spray and stir fry potatoes.  Add in 1/2 c water and spices (1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp paprika).  Continually stir potatoes until  soft, takes about 20 mins.  Add in diced onion and red bell peppers.  Continue to stir until cooked.  Scoop potato, onion and bell pepper mixture into large bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl crack your eggs.  Whisk in 1/2 c milk then add in 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.  In the same frying pan, coat with cooking spray and scramble your eggs.  When eggs are cooked scoop into large bowl and make sure the egg is broken up into small pieces.

Now onto the assembly part.  On your counter you should have a bowl of sausage, a bowl of potatoes/onion/bell pepper, a bowl of eggs, flour tortillas, salsa and shredded cheddar cheese.

Using a soup spoon, spoon out 2 spoonfuls of the potato mixture, 1 spoonful of sausage, 1 spoonful of egg, sprinkle some cheese and a little less than 1 spoonful of salsa. 

Now, just roll it up!  I roll it up by bringing in both sides, flip the bottom towards the top, pull back and then roll it up.  Then I wrap it in saran wrap, place the breakfast burrito into a freezer zip loc bag and store them in the freezer.

Reheat in microwave until warm and enjoy!!

Easy DIY Infinity Scarf

Infinity scarves are everywhere!  It's getting warmer but the mornings are still chilly and perfect scarf weather here in Texas.  

I've got a closet full of regular scarves and have been tempted to buy some new ones.  Then I saw this post and I'm so happy I did!  Who knew how easy it was to convert a plain old scarf into a stylish infinity scarf?  

She has an awesome short step by step tutorial on how to do it so check it out:  http://www.gimmesomestyleblog.com/how-to-turn-a-regular-scarf-into-an-infinity-scarf/


2 year old Birthday Brunch!

We celebrated my son's second birthday by inviting our friends and their kids over for brunch this past weekend.  It was really fun and the colors I used were black, white and teal.  I made a couple of DIY party decorations to put up around the house:  A number 2 with white tissue pom pins and Happy 2nd Birthday pennant to hang over black, white and teal streamers on the mantle paired with black, white and teal balloons.

For the food:  croissants (from costco), honey baked ham (quarter ham), muffin sized zucchini quiche (recipe), deviled eggs, french toast, fruit skewers (grape, strawberry, pineapple, and blackberry) and a cookie bar (sugar cookies with royal icing (recipe), snicker doodles (recipe), chocolate chip (neatly toll house recipe), and oreo cookies staked like a cake).

Drinks:  Starbucks mocha frap, milk, chocolate milk, mimosas, beer, and water.

Favors:  Chocolate Chip cookies in mason jars.  I made a thank you love Aiden label for the front and printed the directions for the cookies to fit on top the lid.