I have always liked Thursdays. For one thing, you know there is good TV on the way (hello Big Bang Theory/Parks and Rec!), and Friday is right around the bend. These days I have Thursdays off which makes them even better!
My aunt stopped by this morning, and I took the opportunity to ask her about a couple recipes she makes regularly. Both of these recipes include a respectable amount of healthy “super foods”. This is good if, like me, you are feeling the need to walk in righteousness for awhile during this post-Halloween-pre-Thanksgiving time…
The first recipe I tried was eggnog quinoa. My family has tried a couple variations on this dish, using both pasta and rice. However I have recently discovered quinoa and wanted to see what it would taste like. This dish is not altogether healthy, but quinoa is packed with protein and a smaller serving will keep you really full.
First things first – heat up some butter.
Add in the (cooked) quinoa, eggnog, raisins and spices. Simmer, then enjoy!
This was so good (and easy to make). It was sweet and warm, with a slight aroma of spice and holidays. I think it would be great as breakfast – it sort of reminded me of porridge or oatmeal.
Next up – Pineapple Spinach Smoothie! Just looking at this spinach makes me feel virtuous.
I’ve been putting spinach in my smoothies since I saw this blog post a month ago. However, I knew my aunt has been making one that turns out entirely green in color so I wanted to find out about it!
She has been making an adaptation on a recipe that came with her Vitamix blender. This smoothie contains spinach, Greek yogurt, pineapple, whey protein powder and a bit of ice. It blended into a gorgeous, creamy, light green.
This smoothie was so refreshing! I loved it. It’s a little bit tart, so if you don’t like that you can add some sweetener. I am going to start having this in the morning as well – a really clean, bright start to the day.
So there you go – two nutritious recipes! These were both so easy to make. Also, the measurements are really up to you – feel free to include more or less of the ingredients depending on what you like.
Have a happy Friday/weekend!
1 Tbsp butter
2 cups cooked quinoa (follow directions on package for cooking)
3/4 cup eggnog
1/3 cup raisins
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tbsp brown sugar
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of cinnamon
Heat butter in a pan over medium-high heat. Toss in the cooked quinoa. Add in 1/2 cup eggnog, and keep adding until it reaches the consistency you want. Add in the vanilla, sugar, spices and raisins. Turn the heat to low and let it simmer for a few minutes.
You can enjoy right away, or take it off the heat and let everything settle together for awhile.
Pineapple Spinach Smoothie
2 cups baby spinach
12 oz Greek yogurt (vanilla or honey flavor)
1 1/2 – 2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple
2 scoops whey protein powder
ice, as needed
1 Tbsp agave nectar, or sweetener of your choice
Blend together. Enjoy!