Beef and Quinoa Stoop

not quite thick enough to be a stew,
not quite thin enough to be a soup.

I currently have bronchitis 
and really just want a big bowl of

What better then this protein packed

you will need:

stewing beef (I bought 2 packs, around $8 worth)
3 stalks celery thin sliced
 1/4 bag of matchstick carrots (just easier and fast when your sick)
1 small sweet potato diced (approx same amount as celery)
1 small turnip diced
2 cloves garlic chopped
2 containers of beef broth (1.5L)
1/4 cup dried quinoa
frozen peas (if you like)
a large glug of red wine from your fridge (HA!)

roll and tie together with cotton string:
3 sprigs parsley (stole some from my bunny Flopsie. Shes cool)
4 sprigs fresh thyme
3 bay leaves (dried)

how to:

In a large pot
add some olive oil or red palm oil
add onion, cook for a min or 2 on med high heat
then add beef, it should make quite a sizzling sound
you want that, trust me
dont touch it at first, let it sear 
thats flavor my friends!
add s&p
cook beef for approx 5 min
then add all veggies except carrots(if using matchstick, dont want them mushy)
cook veggies with beef for approx 4-5 min
then add quinoa
stir quick so quinoa is mixed around with beef and veg
then add broth
and your bunch of herbs

bring to a boil
then simmer for 17 min 
until quinoa is done and veggies are cooked thru
last 2 min add frozen peas



Bacon wrapped Turkey meatloaf with more bacon

MORE bacon
You read right

Ahhh bacon...you can never get enough!

Turkey meatloaf is something I make often
ground turkey is super cheap
and who doesn't love meatloaf?
this is jazzed up meatloaf ladies and gents!!

preheat oven at 350

take 6 strips of bacon and line a loaf pan with the edges slightly overlapping.

in a large bowl I add

1 heaping tablespoon of PC Black Label bacon marmalade 
1 1/2 (eyeballed) yellow mustard
1/4 cup pasta sauce
1 egg
fresh ground pepper
2 tablespoons of epicures meatloaf seasoning
1 teaspoon of epicures poultry seasoning
mix til combined

add 2 trays of ground turkey
get your hands in there and mix it well
add to loaf pan, then gently fold over remaining bacon edges

bake for 40 min
then top with a mixture of 
yellow mustard (1/2 teaspoon), bacon marmalade (1 teaspoon) and pasta sauce (3-4 tablespoons)
(mix together well)
and bake for another 20 min 

let rest
better even the next day.. on a sammie!!


Quinoa Mac & Cheese (gluten and dairy free!)

This is the perfect dish for this 
"late spring blizzard" weather 
the forecast was calling for...
"late spring blizzard"...
what does that even mean!?!!

I got this recipe from 
Gluten Free Vegan Comfort Food
I have made it with rice noodles and it was just as yum!
I thought I would try it with quinoa and see what happens
I also added franks red hot thick
my new obsession

preheat oven to 350

now, because this is a sauce that thickens very fast
best to have everything ready to go
measure out separately:

2 cups of milk (i used So Delicious coconut milk, however, use what you want, as long as its not chocolate or vanilla! or use reg milk..)
1 tablespoon arrowroot flour/powder (instead of reg flour. its a gluten free thickener!)
3 cups of dairy free cheese (I use Daiya, I prefer the motz over the cheddar. dont worry about measuring it, 1 bag is enough... or use regular cheese..I'm not the dairy police, I just cant have it!!)

start your quinoa
bring 2 1/2 cups salted water to boil
rinse 1 1/2 cups quinoa thru a strainer
add to boiling water, bring back to a boil
turn down to med low, time for 10 min
then add 1 cup of broccoli florets
I cut them quite small including the stems
cover and let stand for 5-8 min
or until ALL water is absorbed

chop a small shallot or onion
add to a hot large fry pan with olive oil
cook for 3 min on medium heat
get your whisk ready!!
add arrowroot powder
and wisk around with onions and oil
as soon as it disappears add 1 CUP coconut milk
continue whisking until it starts to thicken (be patient, takes maybe 1-2 min)
then immediately add the rest of the coconut milk
continue whisking til mixed up
then eyeball 1 tablespoon dijon mustard (i like grainy kind)
and 1/4 teaspoon of cumin (optional, but REALLY tastes GREAT!!)
mix and continue to cook for 2-3 min
turn heat to low
add Daiya
whisk whisk whisk until it all melts (i dunno, like 5 min maybe?)
then I added about 1 tablespoon of Franks here
as well as 1/2 cup frozen peas

add quinoa broccoli mix to cheese mix
stir to combine (spatula!)
then pour into a greased (olive oil on paper towel) baking dish
top with bread crumbs and bake for 30 min

leftovers (if you can stop yourself) store nicely
airtight container for 3 days in fridge.
doesnt freeze well.. learned that lesson