Sunday, January 16, 2011

Yum! a little adventure in cooking

I have noticed that the past couple months I have gotten really lazy with cooking. Hank is hardly ever home so I am really unmotivated to make a fancy for meal just for Sam and me. I think I realized one day after Sam had had his 3rd peanut butter and honey sandwich that I needed to get out of my food runt. Hank got me America's Healthy Test Kitchen Cookbook for Christmas and I have made a goal to develop some skills in preparing nutritious food for my family. It has been a really fun couple weeks. Hopefully by blogging about my kitchen creations it will keep me motivated to continue cooking/baking and poor Sam can experience some variety in his diet.

1 TB olive oil
 1 onion chopped
1 cup bulgar
1/2 cup quinoa
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 cup chopped broccoli florets
1 cup spinach
1 can drained chickpeas
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
Salt and pepper

I sauteed the onion in the olive oil until it became tender. Add the quinoa and 1 cup of broth. When quinoa is halfway done add the bulgar and the rest of the broth and water. When both the quinoa and bulgar are done, add the Parmesan cheese, garlic, broccoli, spinach, chickpeas, salt and pepper. Stir all together. Put the mixture in a casserole dish and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake on broil until cheese melts. Enjoy!


Megan Tea said...

Yum!!! Sounds Delicious. I have an america's test kitchen cookbook too! (the unhealthy version ;) But, I love their cookbooks. Think I will need to try the healthy version someday. I think you are so great. I still think about the brief time that I knew you quite often. My favorite is when you came and asked about my favorite thing in my house for a school assignment. lol. Hope all is well.

eebs said...

sounds great I want to try it. what's it called?

The Wards said...

Hey I've got to try it, it looks like something we would eat! I have to admit it sounds better than it looks, but sometimes those are the best things!!! I love your blog Leah!

Lindsay said...

Thanks for posting this! I'm always excited to try new recipes! Oh, and I was totally laughing and relating to the "3rd PB and honey sandwich." It's hard when your kid only wants one thing, or sometimes it's just easier to make a sandwich.

Do you have the other test kitchen book as well? I've read reviews that there is a lot of overlap with their recipes between that one and the healthy version. Do you know if that's true or do you think it's worth getting the new cookbook?

whitney said...

Wow! It looks so good! I'm impressed, I'm pretty un-adventurous with my cooking.

Leah Florence said...

I do have the other cookbook. I think there might be a little overlap, but it mostly focuses on making common dishes healthier. They have a lot of tips and substitutions. the original cookbook uses a lot of butter and sugar. The healthy cookbook cuts back and lot. I am having a ball with it actually.