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My lunch today: lit with candles

Friday, November 08, 2019

Hello everyone.. thought I would post lunch today. It has been a few days since I have been on here.

Today, I decided to light some candles around the house to get good smelling aroma and ambiance.

(Quinoa, riced broccoli and chickpeas)

I made Quinoa, a superfood, with tons of great vitamins and antioxidants. I cooked it in the rice cooker and made extra for another day. In the rice cooker, I seasoned with bouillon and riced broccoli as well. so, it is filled with flavor and had an extra vegetable too. They cooked together and it worked out great. Basically, its like rice and has protein that gives a protein boost to the diet.

In the freezer section of the grocery store, you can find riced broccoli and riced cauliflower. It makes for easy cooking and for picky eaters that don't like the crunch of vegetables. I love fresh vegetables but the picky eater in my house prefers the riced ones so I wanted to make use out of it.

Along side, there are garbanzo beans or chick peas as some would say. I drained the can in a strainer and rinsed with cold water. I heated up a non stick pan with olive oil and put the chick peas in. While cooking, I put about 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice and 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into the pan. It cooked for about 10 minutes. Be aware when they are browned they will pop out of the pan so be careful!! lol!! I put the extra away for another meal as well. I learned this recipe from another spark member. See how we help one another!!

When on the plate I added a sprinkle of lemon juice and salt-free seasoning(like Mrs. Dash) for added flavor. It isn't my favorite meal but it was acceptable and very healthy.

The protein content was 16 grams which is a lot for a meal and ,also, it is free of animal products if you don't include the bouillon or use vegetable bouillon. Quinoa is pronounced keen-wah if you haven't heard of it before. It was tricky for me when I first learned about it. I rinsed the quinoa before cooking to rid any impurities. I, also, do that to rice before cooking in the rice cooker. In the end, the preparation isn't too bad because most of the techniques become habit and more automatic than in the beginning. We all learn new stuff.

Tonight, I'm having fish and potatoes and some vegetables but right now I'm pretty full and think this will last well into dinner time.

Hope you all have a nice weekend and I'll probably be on here tomorrow. Til then, have a great evening!!!
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