Flower Power: Quinoa with Orange Blossom Infused Strawberries

 

Meet the new darling of my kitchen, orange blossom water.

I have the Recipe Redux to thank and the June theme, Floral Flavors:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries, cleaned, hulled and cut into quarters
  • 1/2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons orange blossom infused water
  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted dry toasted sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. 1.Place strawberries in a pie plate. Sprinkle with sugar and orange blossom  water. Allow to sit.
  2. 2. Rinse and drain quinoa. Place quinoa, water and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until water is absorbed and grain appears soft and translucent and the germ ring is visible along the outside edge of the grain. Remove from heat and allow to cool about 20 minutes.
  3. 3. Add quinoa to strawberry mixture. Add coconut flakes and almonds and gently toss to combine.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 584kcal Calories from fat 178
% Daily Value
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Transfat 0g
Sodium 976mg 41%
Carbohydrate 90g 30%
Dietary Fiber 15g 60%
Sugars 23g
Protein 18g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g


Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms with Corn and Black Bean Relish

Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms with Corn and Black Bean Relish

Serves (serves 4)     adjust servings

Ingredients

(serves 4)

  • 12 ounces tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup skinless, seedless cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
  • 1/4 cup diced carrot
  • 2 drops hot sauce, or to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Juice from 2 limes (about 4 Tablespoons)
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 whole avocado, divided, chop one half and slice second half
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

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    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per Serving As Served
    Calories 169kcal Calories from fat 69
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 8g 12%
    Saturated Fat 1g 5%
    Sodium 455mg 19%
    Carbohydrate 26g 9%
    Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
    Sugars 16g
    Protein 3g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories 2000
    Total Fat Less than 65g
    Sat Fat Less than 25g
    Cholesterol Less than 300mg
    Sodium Less than 2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate 300g
    Dietary Fiber 25g

    By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Mushroom Council and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

    I’ve never been one to kiss and tell  and I believe maintaining a bit of mystery sustains excitement.  So on Wednesday afternoon, when I prepped some vegan stuffed  portabella mushrooms, I thought it unnecessary to reveal what I used when I swapped out the meat. However,  my daughter wouldn’t have it. Husband on the other hand, walked in,  grabbed a wedge of  my never been taste tested vegan stuffed portabella mushrooms like it was a slice of pizza (balsamic glaze dripping off his fingers), and inhaled it without even a mention of what he was eating. He still doesn’t know that I stuffed these babies with …shhh… tofu. But seriously, who would have thought! This vegan dish is delicious hot or cold, as an appetizer or entree. And not only that, it’s nutrient rich; providing vitamins (including vitamin D), minerals  and  protein for relatively few calories.

    Using portabella mushrooms as a base for stuffing and topping (with or without meat) is one way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet. Another way is to chopped them and use them (or other mushroom varieties)  as meat extenders. Mushrooms blend wonderfully with lots of protein sources (including beef, pork, chicken, turkey and  fish). So I say you give it a try; then enter the Mushroom Council’s consumer recipe contest, ‘Swap It or Top It’ where you might win $5000!

    WJcaS

    Find out more about why mushrooms are Nature’s Hidden Treasure, and don’t forget to visit the links at the bottom of this post for more amazing recipes that keep mushrooming.

    Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms with Corn and Black Bean RelishStuffed Portabella Mushrooms with Corn and Black Bean Relish

    4 entrees or 24 appetizer servings

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    Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms with Roasted Corn and Black Bean Relish

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 4 large portabella mushrooms, wiped clean, stems and gills removed
    • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 cup chopped onion
    • 1/2 cup chopped red pepper
    • 1 1/2 pounds firm tofu, coarsely chopped
    • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro

    for the corn and black bean relish

    • 2 T olive oil
    • 3 cup fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears)
    • 1 cup canned black beans, drained
    • 3 T balsamic glaze
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 T olive oil
    • salt and freshly gound pepper to taste

    Instructions

    1. 1 Place olive oil in saute pan ove medium high heat. Add the corn and saute until corn begins to brown. Add black beans and heat through.
    2. 2. Remove from heat. Add balsamic glaze, sugar, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Mix with a slotted spoon and set aside at room temperature.
    3. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    4. 2. Stir the balsamic vinegar, and garlic together in a small bowl until blended. Place the mushrooms into a large resealable plastic bag. Pour the balsamic vinegar mixture over the mushrooms, seal bag, and turn gently to coat mushrooms evenly with marinade. Place in refrigerator for one hour.
    5. 2. Place olive oil in saute pan over medium high heat. Add onions, and red pepper. Saute until softened.
    6. 3. Add tofu, lime juice, salt and cumin. Cook while stirring until mixture looks like scrambled eggs. Add cilantro.
    7. 4.  Remove mushrooms from marinade and place in a baking dish top sides down.
    8. 5. Spoon the tofu mixture evenly over the mushrooms and bake about 12 minutes.
    9. 6. Top each stuffed mushrooom with roasted corn and black bean relish. Slice into wedges.

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