Quinoa Fajita Stuffing

In my extensive search for creating a meal that is filled with nutrients and tasty (a.k.a. staring into my refrigerator until an idea pops into my brain), somewhere the idea of quinoa fajitas came around.  Both my hubby and I really enjoyed this meal, and so did our 15month-er.

A little bit of a back story, since yesterday was my first day at being 100% vegan, I was a bit stumped when it came to dinner time. Like I have said before, I have always used some type of cheese or yogurt product when making dinner, but since we officially found out what my little girl is allergic/sensitive to, vegan it is! Any way, I had this beautiful meal in my brain (key words) planned out, I was going to make quinoa fajitas, with guacamole and salsa, and as a side I was going to ‘veganize’ a recipe for a bloomin’ onion that I found, and then I was going to make up a vegan dip for the onion.

It all looked beautiful, as you will see in the final picture, and all but the vegan dip tasted yummy. The fajitas were delicious, but I couldn’t make the guacamole because the avocados weren’t ripe enough. The bloomin’ onion was good, but somehow the onion itself needed to be cooked a little longer without burning and all the crumbs fell off the peddles since I didn’t use an egg wash. And last but not least, I attempted to make a “creamy” sauce, but since my little one is allergic to coconut and soy, well, it just didn’t taste very good.

But! I will tell you how I did the quinoa fajitas and hopefully if you make this meal, all your other sides will turn out a lot better than mine did đŸ˜‰

Quinoa Fajita Stuffing:

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Ingredients: 3/4 cup dry quinoa, 1 1/2 cups vegetable stock (or water if you wish), 1Tbs olive oil, 1 tsp minced garlic, 1 sweet onion sliced, 3 or 4 small sweet peppers, and at least 2 tsp taco seasoning with option to add more to taste.

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First step is to pour vegetable stock (or water) in a small sauce pan and add quinoa. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until all liquid has been absorbed. About 20 minutes.

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In a skillet, add olive oil and garlic and saute until fragrant, about 3o secs. Add onion and sliced sweet peppers, and saute until onions are caramelized and peppers are soft.

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Once quinoa has been cooked, add 2tsp of taco seasoning, or more if you desire.

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Mix in your veggies and serve with guacamole, beans, salsa, lime wedges, or anything you wish!
(and obviously tortillas)

Quinoa Fajita Stuffing:

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 sweet onion, sliced
  • 3 or 4 small sweet peppers, sliced
  • 2 tsp taco seasoning + more if desired  — recipe here

Directions:

  • In a small sauce pan, add quinoa and vegetable broth (or water). Bring it to a boil then reduce to a simmer until all liquid has been absorbed. About 20mins.
  • In a skillet, add olive oil and garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 secs. Add onion, and sweet peppers and saute until onions have caramelized and peppers have softened.
  • Once quinoa has completed cooking, add 2tsp taco seasoning or more to taste.

Ideas to serve with:

  • guacamole
  • 3 minute salsa
  • tomatoes
  • Tofutti
  • lime wedges
  • black beans
  • or any other yumminess you can think of =)
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Loaded Southwestern Vegetarian Quesadilla

I apologize for the lack of pictures, I will update it the next time I make them, promise! I had a starving hubby on my hands so no time for the extra time to take a picture.

BUT, we both LOVED this meal. It was so yummy, I could eat it every night this week! I want it to remain that delicious so I won’t burn myself out.

 

Loaded Southwestern Vegetarian Quesadilla
Makes 6

Ingredients:
– 6 Burrito Flour Tortillas

Stuffing:

– 1 Red (or green or yellow, or orange) Bell Pepper
– 4 Campari Tomatoes
– 1/2 Videlia Onion chopped
– 2 Avocados (the “meat”) sliced and diced
– 1 Cup Cooked Black Beans
– 12-14 oz Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Sauce Topping:

–  1/3 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
– 1/6 cup Mayonnaise
– 1/2 Tbs Taco Seasoning  — Recipe here
– 1/2 Tbs Ranch Seasoning — Recipe here

 

Directions:

– In a small bowl, mix all sauce topping ingredients together and set in refrigerator to remain chilled.

– Prepare all stuffing ingredients. Lay out tortillas. On half of tortilla, layer cheese, beans, onion, tomato, bell pepper, and avocado. Place in a skillet one at a time, folded in half until golden brown on both sides and cheese has melted.

– When ready to serve, slice into 4 “quadrants” and dollop a bit of the sauce on each quadrant.

 

Hope you enjoy them as much as my hubby and I did!
Let me know what you think below!

Crock Pot Vegetarian Soup Beans

I am quite sure it has been well over a month since I last blogged. I keep waiting for life to “slow down” (hahaha) so that I can do pretty much anything other than look up a recipe or facebook for a few minutes here and there on the internet. I have simply come to the conclusion that life just doesn’t slow down. Sure one thing will end, but it is always followed by another.

Since the last I have posted, we have had an ER visit (we found out the hard way that our daughter who is now 14months is allergic to peanuts and cashews), we have had my husband’s wisdom teeth removed, and we have moved. The moving was very quickly done and we hadn’t planned on moving until next year, but our landlord (we live in a townhome “village”) offered us a deal that was for a three bedroom instead of the two that we were in and for $50 less a month. Long story short, we moved in about a week after they told us about it.

So now that life is getting back to normal, hopefully I will be able to blog a little more often.

Now, I’m not sure about where you live, but around here, it has been raining for a good two weeks. Not just raining, but lightening and thunder and wind and all that good stuff that comes with a big storm. I hear there have been several tornadoes in the Midwest, and so I guess I should be thankful that we live in the mountains and are only getting the storm part. This weather does not scream “almost-summer-the-pools-are-opening-next-week” to me, so we have been eating a lot of soups for dinner.

For awhile now, I have been craving soup beans, but ALWAYS forget to soak the beans overnight. This morning I woke up, got my hubby off to work and decided that there has to be an easy way to cook dried beans without soaking them. After a little research online, I found out that you could either in a dutch oven, which I don’t have, or in a crock pot, which I do have. Then I went on to search out recipes that didn’t involve ham, and I couldn’t find one to my liking, so what to do? Make up the recipe.

It has turned out amazing!

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Ingredients: 1 cup each of the following, dried pinto beans, dried great northern beans, dried black beans. 6 cups of vegetable broth, 3/4 of a very large Vidalia onion thinly sliced, 1 Tbs minced garlic, 1tsp dried basil, 2 bay leaves, 1/2 stick of butter, and salt and pepper to taste.

*Side note* This is very easy to make vegan. They only thing making this vegetarian and not vegan is the butter. I usually use a vegan butter, but in this instance it was easier for me to use real butter instead of a soy based product.

 

I didn’t have time to take an in between photo because I was running out the door to have lunch with my hubby (the awesome thing about crock pots! have dinner ready when you get home!) but here is what you do….Throw it all in the pot except for the salt and pepper! Turn it on high heat for 6 hours, when the beans are tender salt and pepper to taste!

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Tah-dah! You are done and the prep work only takes as long as it does for you to dump beans and slice an onion! They are so yummy! and you don’t feel very heavy eating them like you do when there is ham or other meat products in them. =)

Let me know how yours turn out if you try them, or if you added anything else to them. I think carrots would be a nice addition. Make them your own!

 

Ingredients:

1 Cup dried Black Beans1 Cup dried Pinto Beans
1 Cup dried Great Northern Beans
6 Cups vegetable broth
3/4 very large Vidalia onion, sliced thinly
1 Tbs minced garlic
1 tsp dried basil
2 bay leaves
1/2 stick of butter (4Tbs)
Salt & pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a crock pot except salt and pepper. Turn on high for 6 hours, or until beans are tender. Once tender, salt and pepper to taste. Serve with corn bread, or rice, or if your from the north, add ketchup or whatever you like!