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3 Healthy Road Trip Snacks

by Claire Gallam in Recipes

The holiday season is upon us, and to many, that means lots of baking, holiday parties, endless shopping and long road trips to see family and friends. Even though it’s just as easy to pull into a McDonald’s or a Burger King when the kids start demanding food, those meals filled with fat, empty calories and sugar will only leave them hungry again in no time.

My suggestion? Skip the drive through and pack your car full with one of these healthy, fiber and protein-packed snacks for seamlessly easy road snacking. Now, I can’t promise your kids will behave, but I can promise they’ll eat these up without any complaining.

Preventing your son from licking his sister’s face or your daughter from hogging the iPad is on you, I’m just packing the snacks.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins | Bob's Red Mill

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yields about 8 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cups Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Flour
  • ½ cup Bob’s Red Mill Oat Flour
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of Baking Powder
  • 2 teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/3 cup of Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/3 cup of Canola Oil
  • 1 cup of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/4 cup of chopped Walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin tin with liners or spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift flour, sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt together. Form a well in the middle. Add eggs, vanilla, pumpkin and oil.
  3. Using a wooden spoon, stir until fully mixed. Add chocolate chips and nuts, stir until incorporated.
  4. Put 2 tablespoons of batter into each cup (or until 3/4 the way full). Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until browned.

Mexican Quinoa Bites | Bob's Red Mill

Mexican Quinoa Bites

Yields about 14 mini bites.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Quinoa (we love tricolor)
  • 1 large Egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded Carrot
  • 1 stalk Leeks, chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 Jalapeño Pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons diced Tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Green Chiles
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Cilantro
  • 1/3 cup shredded Colby Jack Cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon Mexican Seasoning
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Plus Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt) and Avocado for garnish

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, mix the quinoa, egg, carrot, leeks, garlic, jalapeño, diced tomatoes, green chiles cilantro and cheese. Mix in the seasoning and salt and pepper.
  3. Fill each muffin tin all the way full with quinoa mix. Bake for about 16 – 20 minutes, or until crispy on the outside.

Fluffy Banana Bread | Bob's Red Mill
Easy Frosted Banana Bread

Serves about 14 – 16.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened Applesauce
  • 2-½ tablespoons unsalted Butter
  • 3-½ medium Bananas, smashed
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour
  • ½ cup Almond Meal
  • ½ teaspoon Xanthan Gum
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 cup chopped Walnuts
  • ½ cup Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Chocolate Chips for garnish

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large 9 x 3 x 3 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the applesauce, butter, eggs and sugar, until creamed. Mix in the banana, cream and vanilla, stir to combine.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the flour, almond meal, xantham gum and baking soda together.
  4. Make a well in the center of the butter ingredients and add the flour mixture, fold to combine. Stir in the chopped nuts.
  5. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan.
  6. Bake for about 70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely.
  7. Once cooled, frost with cream cheese. Top with chocolate chips.

Claire GallamClaire is a cookbook author, food writer and recipe creator, soon-to-be culinary student
and avid world traveler. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. She writes full-time for the Food section of SheKnowsFabulousFoods.com and is a contributing writer for the Travel section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist. Follow Claire on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with her newest creations. 

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Hemp Seed Hummus {Super Seeds Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Recipes

Super Seeds by Kim Lutz is a small, but mighty book. With over 75 recipe using chia, flax, hemp, quinoa and amaranth, this book will inspire you with new ways to try these powerful seeds. All of the recipes are simple, which is not to say boring. They are short and approachable recipes that will expand your horizons. From basics on how to prepare the seeds to enticing recipes like Blueberry Quinoa Salad, Pesto Veggie Burgers, Pineapple Fried Quinoa and Lemon Amaranth Muffins, there is something to get you started and something to move you forward in your exploration. Lutz also provides information on what makes these seeds super and how to grind them into flour and incorporate the flours into your baked goods. We think it’s a pretty neat little book.

You can buy a copy from Barnes and Noble for $14.95 or enter to win a copy below. We are giving away a single copy of the book along with a package of our quinoa, hemp seeds, amaranth, chia seeds and flaxseeds. Simply follow the prompts below to enter and we’ll pick one lucky winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm  on 10/23/14.

Hemp Seed Hummus from Super Seeds by Kim Lutz | Bob's Red Mill

Hemp Seed Hummus

Makes 1 ½ cups

Hemp seeds do double duty in this recipe.

First, they take the place of the traditional ingredient in hummus, tahini (some people are allergic to sesame seeds). Second, they bring crucial phytonutrients, including zinc and magnesium, to this tasty, satisfyingly textured dip. It makes a great snack, served with crudités such as baby carrots, cucumber slices, celery sticks, and strips of crunchy bell peppers. In addition to making superb sandwiches, hummus is also a salad’s best friend. Try adding a healthy dollop on top of your green salad and you will have a flavorful, filling meal.

  • 1 ¾ cups cooked Garbanzo Beans (or one 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed)
  • 2 tablespoons Hemp Seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground Cumin
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Water

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or blender until smooth.

Reprinted with permission from Super Seeds © 2014 by Kim Lutz, Sterling Publishing Co.  Photography by Bill Milne

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Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Quinoa Chili | Bob's Red Mill

Meatless Mondays: Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Quinoa Chili

by Julia Mueller in Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Earlier in the year, we teamed up with Muir Glen and some fabulous food bloggers to create some stellar chili recipes. This Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Quinoa Chili comes from one of our leading ladies- Julia Mueller of The Roasted Root. The quinoa gives this chili a meaty texture, while the sweet potatoes add a earthy warmth to balance the kick of the chilis. Needless to say, we are in love. Check out Julia’s bio below for info on how to keep up with her and enjoy this wonderful dish!

Cheers! -Cassidy

Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Quinoa Chili | Bob's Red Mill

Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Quinoa Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 large Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 1 large Sweet Potato or Yam, chopped into ½” cubes (about 4 cups worth)
  • 6 cloves Garlic, minced
  • ½ cup dry Quinoa
  • 1 cup dry Black Beans
  • 4 cups low-sodium Vegetable Broth
  • 1 14.5-ounce can Diced Tomatoes
  • 2 Chilis in Adobo Sauce, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground Cumin
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tsp Kosher Salt, to taste

For Serving:

  • Sour Cream (or plain yogurt)
  • Cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Green onion
  • Avocado

Instructions:

  1. Pour one cup of dry beans in a large bowl or container and fill with water so that beans are completely covered. Allow beans to soak overnight. Drain water from the beans and set aside until ready to use.
  2. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil to medium.
  3. Add onion and sauté, stirring frequently until onion begins to sweat, 5 minutes.
  4. Add the sweet potato and cook another 5 minutes.
  5. Add the garlic, quinoa, and beans and continue cooking another 2 minutes, stirring everything together.
  6. Pour in the remaining ingredients and stir well. Bring chili to a full boil, cover the pot, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Allow chili to bubble gently for 15 to 20 minutes, until quinoa and sweet potato is cooked.
  7. Remove pot from heat and allow it to sit covered for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. The longer the chili sits, the thicker it will be.
  8. Serve with sour cream, cilantro, and your favorite chili toppings.

JuliaMuellerJulia Mueller’s two greatest passions are food and the great outdoors. Creator of the food blog, The Roasted Root, Julia enjoys whipping up and photographing nutrient-dense recipes that are healthful yet comforting, and are approachable to make any night of the week. Most of her recipes are vegetable and meat-based, gluten-free and refined-sugar free. Julia is also the author of the cookbooks, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and Let Them Eat Kale! An avid mountain biker and snowboarder, Julia enjoys balancing work with playing outside in the mountains. Keep up with her onFacebook and Twitter.

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Savory Golden Oat Soup with Red Quinoa | Bob's Red Mill

Savory Golden Oat Soup {Spar for the Spurtle 3rd Place Winner}

by Cassidy Stockton in Gluten Free, Golden Spurtle, Recipes

Our test kitchen whipped up this soup for the judges and, I’ve been dying to make this dish for myself at home ever since. Savory Golden Oat Soup from Edie Irwin of Topanga, California, combines steel cut oats with quinoa, tomatoes, jalapenos, onion, garlic and coconut milk for an Indian-inspired dish. Edie seasoned the soup with ginger, cumin, turmeric, fenugreek and cilantro. This satisfying and flavorful vegan soup is perfect for a cool fall night and can easily be made gluten free by using our Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats. The dish comes together in less than 30 minutes, making it perfect for a weeknight. I’m tucking this one away for the busy holiday season where a quick, nutritious dinner will be a lifesaver.

Savory Golden Oat Soup with Red Quinoa | Bob's Red Mill

Savory Golden Oat Soup with Red Quinoa

By Edie Irwin

Ingredients

  • 7 cups Water
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill® Steel Cut Oats
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Tumeric
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill® Red Quinoa, rinsed/drained
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp finely minced Ginger
  • 1 finely minced clove of Garlic
  • 1 small finely chopped Onion
  • 2 finely minced Jalapeño Chile Peppers
  • 2 medium Tomatoes, stemmed and finely minced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Cilantro
  • 1 (14 ounce) can Coconut Milk
  • Optional toppings chopped Avocado and Coconut Cream or your favorite Chutney.

Directions

In a 4-quart pot, bring water to boil at medium high heat – add steel cut oats and spices, stir. Reduce heat and simmer oats 10 minutes. Stir in rinsed red quinoa. Add in ginger and garlic. Next add in half of the cilantro, tomatoes, onion and chiles (saving the other half of the veggies for topping soup when serving).

Return to simmer, and cook (stirring occasionally) 12-15 minutes until quinoa is done. To finish, stir in coconut milk and simmer 3-5 minutes to marry the flavors together. Serve immediately or let settle to thicken a few minutes. Soup stays warm a long time if covered. Serve topped with remaining minced chiles, tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Add other toppings as desired such as avocado or chutney or coconut cream or yogurt. A great vegan soup everyone loves, especially on a cool winter day! Serves 6 people as a main dish or 8-10 peoples a soup appetizer.

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10 Best Salads for Summer

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

In honor of what might possibly be my favorite day of the year and, irrefutably the longest, here are our top 10 go-to summer salads. Whether it’s a fancy dinner party, casual barbecue or a day at the beach, each of these is perfect for your next gathering. If you can believe it, NOT A SINGLE ONE of these salads uses mayonnaise making them much more party friendly. Substitute gluten free grains in place of those featured to make these dishes allergen-friendly. Quinoa, whole grain sorghum and long grain brown rice are some of our favorite gluten free salad grains.

Sit back, relax and enjoy some wholesome whole grain goodness on this, the first day of summer!

10 Best Salads for Summer | Bob's Red Mill

Curried Carrots and Sorghum Salad
Mediterranean Farro Salad
Millet Spring Roll Salad

10 Best Salads for Summer | Bob's Red Mill

Buckwheat Pesto Salad
Farro Caprese Salad
Vegetable Bounty Quinoa Salad with Asian Vinaigrette

10 Best Salads for Summer | Bob's Red Mill

Tabbouleh
Greek Garbanzo Bean Salad
French Bean and Kamut® Berry Salad
Barley Salad in Radicchio Bowls with Champagne-Orange Vinaigrette

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Peanut Butter Quinoa Granola {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

I recently heard someone say they were “quinoa-d out.” Quinoa does seem to be everywhere these days and it’s becoming so main stream that people like David Lynch are incorporating it into artsy projects. You may be feeling a little quinoa-d out yourself, but never fear, we have 500 Best Quinoa Recipes to share with you! Ok, we technically only have one, but it’s a wonderful recipe! This book is would be a fabulous cookbook to have on hand to inspire your love of quinoa. And, if you don’t love quinoa, I’m pretty sure this book will have something to change your mind.

500 Best Quinoa Recipes by Camilla Saulsbury | Bob's Red Mill

500 Best Quinoa Recipes by Camilla Saulsbury (of Power Hungry and a 2013 Spar for the Spurtle finalist) is full of recipes using quinoa for every meal of the day, including dessert. Recipes cover the full gamut from familiar, Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad, to adventuresome, Seared Salmon with Pineapple Mint Quinoa. All of the recipes are gluten free, though, as is the case with many books we promote, the recipes are certainly not missing anything by leaving gluten out. The book starts off with an explanation of quinoa and its health benefits, and includes a handy guide on stocking your pantry with the ingredients for these recipes. There are so many delicious sounding options- you would never get bored!  Spicy Maple Pumpkin Soup, Caramelized Onion Quinoa Tart, Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Mash, Ginger Cardamom Drop Scones… the list goes on!

This book is really quite amazing and I am so proud of the work Camilla has done. I think you’ll enjoy it, too. Robert Rose has generously offered us a copy of this tome to give away to one lucky reader. We’ll pair this book with a quinoa starter kit, containing a package each of our gluten free and organic white quinoa, red quinoa, tricolor quinoa  and quinoa flour to help you get started. To enter, follow the prompts in the form at the bottom of the post. We’ll pick one winner at random from all who enter by 11:59 pm on 3/16/14.

Peanut Butter Quinoa Granola | Bob's Red Mill

Peanut Butter and Quinoa Granola

I have fond memories of my mother’s homemade granola, rich with nuts, honey and toasted oats. My version ups the flavor and nutrition ante with quinoa, peanut butter and dried cranberries. Spoon it up with milk, sprinkle it on yogurt or pack a handful in a small plastic bag for a mid-morning boost.

Tip

Any unsweetened natural nut or seed butter (such as cashew, almond, sunflower seed or tahini) may be used in place of the peanut butter.

•    Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C)
•    Large rimmed baking sheet, lined with parchment paper

  • 2 cups     large-flake (old-fashioned) rolled oats (500 mL) (certified GF, if needed)
  • 3⁄4 cup    quinoa, rinsed (175 mL)
  • 3⁄4 cup    lightly salted roasted peanuts, coarsely (175 mL) chopped
  • 1⁄2 tsp    fine sea salt (2 mL)
  • 1⁄2 tsp    ground cinnamon (2 mL)
  • 1⁄4 cup    natural cane sugar or packed light (60 mL) brown sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup    liquid honey or brown rice syrup (60 mL)
  • 1⁄2 cup    unsweetened natural peanut butter (125 mL)
  • 1⁄3 cup    vegetable oil (75 mL)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (GF, if needed) (5 mL)
  • 2⁄3 cup    dried cranberries (150 mL)

1.   In a large bowl, combine oats, quinoa, peanuts, salt and cinnamon.

2.   In a small saucepan, combine sugar and honey. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly. Turn off heat and stir in peanut butter, oil and vanilla until blended.

3.   Pour peanut butter mixture over oat mixture and stir until coated. Spread mixture in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.

4.   Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes, stirring twice, until golden brown. Let cool completely on pan.

5.   Transfer granola to an airtight container and stir in cranberries. Store at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Makes about 4 cups (1 L)

Excerpted from 500 Best Quinoa Recipes by Camilla V. Saulsbury © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Photos by Colin Erricson 

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Pumpkin Quinoa Muffins

by Cassidy Stockton in Birdspotter, Featured Articles, Recipes

For the second year, we’ve teamed up with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to bring bird lovers the ultimate birding photo contest. Each week we’re giving away prizes and sharing some of our favorite recipes, perfect for fueling a healthy, happy day of watching birds. Check back here each week for a great recipe, and don’t forget to vote on your favorites and enter your own photos in BirdSpotter!

Quinoa Pumpkin Muffins | Bob's Red Mill

These muffins are very moist and the added quinoa boosts the protein and offers a nice crunch. This recipe was developed especially for Bob’s Red Mill by renowned whole grain specialist, Lorna Sass, author of Whole Grains Every Day Every Way. Slightly sweet and full of whole grains, these muffins are perfect to take along on your next bird-watching expedition.

Pumpkin Quinoa Muffins

  • 1/4 cup Raw Shelled Sunflower Seeds
  • 1-1/4 cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 3/4 cup cooked Organic Quinoa Grain*
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Canned Pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup Low-Fat Buttermilk (well shaken)
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 5 Tbsp Unsalted Butter

Directions

Step 1

Place a rack in the center and preheat the oven to 400°F. Use 1 tablespoon of the butter to thoroughly butter the muffin tins. Set aside. Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and set aside.

Step 2

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the cooked quinoa, separating the grains with a fork to distribute them evenly.

In another bowl, beat the eggs. Add the pumpkin, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla. Whisk until the mixture is smooth.

Gradually stir the liquid into the dry ingredients just until the flour is incorporated. It’s fine if the batter is slightly lumpy. Do not overmix.

Step 3

Divide the batter among 12 muffin cups. (Each should be about 3/4 full.) Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sunflower seeds on top of each muffin. Bake until the muffins are nicely browned around the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Set the tins on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the edges and remove the muffins. Eat warm or cool directly on the rack. If not eating the same day, freeze for up to 3 months.

Notes

*NOTE: To cook Quinoa, bring 2 cups water to boil. Stir in 1 cup Quinoa and reduce heat to medium/low. Cover and cook for 12 minutes. Remove from heat, fluff with fork and let stand for 10-15 minutes.

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Quinoa Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies (GF, V)

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Recipes

All the flavors of carrot cake in a cookie fit for breakfast. These tasty little morsels from A Healthful Pursuit are absolutely packed with nutrients, yet taste sinful like any good cookie. They’re vegan and gluten free, though they could easily be made with regular flour, if that’s what you have on hand. Cooked quinoa give them a delightful nuttiness that pairs perfectly with carrots and raisins. Melted coconut butter is a wonderful (and scrumptious) alternative to cream cheese frosting. These make a great breakfast and on-the-go snack, not to mention a fantastic dessert.

Quinoa Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies | Bob's Red Mill

Quinoa Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

Contributed by Leanne Vogel of A Healthful Pursuit 

Prep time:  15 mins
Cook time:  30 mins
Total time:  45 mins
Serves: 24

Ingredients

Dry

Wet

  • ½ cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Grape Seed Oil
  • 1 tsp pure Vanilla Extract

Add-ins

  • ⅓ cup Raisins
  • 1 cup shredded Carrot, lightly packed, wrap in a clean kitchen towel and ring out extra juices

Optional Topping

  • 2 tsp melted Coconut Butter

Instructions

  1. Add quinoa and water to a saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes. Once complete, remove from the stove, remove lid and allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Set aside.
  3. Add all dry ingredients to a large bowl. Then, measure 1½ cups of the cooked quinoa and add to the dry ingredients. Stir to coat, until all quinoa granules are covered in the mixture. Set aside.
  4. Add all wet ingredients to a small bowl and stir well.
  5. Pour into bowl with dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  6. Stir in raisins and shredded carrots.
  7. One tablespoon at a time, scoop mixture onto prepared baking sheet, leaving a small space between each cookie. They will not spread out, so you can keep the cookies close. Lightly form each cookie, as you’d like them to come out. I flattened them slightly between my palms.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until cooked through and golden.
  9. Remove from the oven, let cool on the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack and allowing them to cool for a couple of hours. Because cooked quinoa was used in this recipe, the longer you leave it to cool, the firmer it will become. Leave it be and it will transform!
  10. Drizzle with melted coconut butter and serve. These cookies can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Nutritional Information:

Each cookie contains: Calories 100, Calories from Fat 25, Total Fat 2.5 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 10 mg, Total Carbohydrate 16 g, Dietary Fiber 2 g, Sugars 6 g, Protein 2 g, Vitamin A 15%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 4%.

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Meatless Mondays: Buffalo-Style Quinoa Chili

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

Earlier this Fall, Bob’s Red Mill partnered with Food52 for a contest titled, “Your Best Quinoa Recipe.” Over 120 recipes were submitted for the contest. The two winning recipes were selected by community voting and Food52 judges. Amber of Loves Food, Loves to Eat  was the chosen winner with her Quinoa Cookies with Coconut & Chocolate Chunks. The second place recipe was this amazing Buffalo-Style Quinoa Chili from Stacy McCann of Every Little Thing.

I’ve been saving this one because it looks like just the thing to warm your soul and I had a feeling that come November, a hearty bowl of chili would be needed around here. Bonus- it’s very simple to make, you’ll probably have most of the ingredients sitting in your pantry AND it’s ready in just 30 minutes. That is THE PERFECT Meatless Mondays meal in my opinion. If you like this recipe, head over to Every Little Thing for some more of Stacy’s great recipes.  If you’re looking for more quinoa inspiration, the other recipes that were submitted look mouthwatering. 

Buffalo-Style Quinoa Chili | Bob's Red Mill

Buffalo-Style Quinoa Chili

Contributed by Stacy McCann of Every Little Thing

Serves 2-4

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 White Onion, diced
  • 3 stalks Celery, diced
  • One 8-ounce can Tomato Sauce
  • One 14-ounce can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Vegetable Broth
  • 1 cup cooked Black Beans
  • One 14-ounce can Hominy
  • 1 cup cooked Quinoa
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Blue cheese, for topping

1.) Heat the olive oil over medium in a saucepan and, once hot, add the diced onion and celery to the pan. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

2.) Stir in the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer cook for 15 minutes. Add in black beans, hominy, quinoa, Frank’s, smoked paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Continue to cook 15 more minutes, until the flavors have melded.

3.) To serve, ladle chili into broiler-safe bowls. Top with blue cheese and place under broiler until cheese melts, 3 to 5 minutes.

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Weeknight Gluten Free {Giveaway} + Braised Carrots and Chickpeas with Yogurt Topping

by Cassidy Stockton in Contests, Featured Articles, Gluten Free, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

If you’re looking for a little gluten free inspiration, Weeknight Gluten Free is just the ticket. The new book from Kristine Kidd is full of inspiring, quick and easy meals for even the most harried cook. This book proves that gluten free does NOT mean weird or different. The recipes focus on the amazing bounty of foods available for those on a gluten free diet. If you’re not gluten free, you won’t miss the gluten, we promise.

Weeknight Gluten Free is filled with beautiful photography and over 100 recipes. I had trouble picking which of these recipes to highlight- there are so many! From lighter meals like Crisp Socca with Burrata, Greens and Olive Dressing and Shrimp, Avocado and Peach Salad to heartier fare like Beef, Carrot and Edamame Stew and Lamb Burgers with Mint Greek Salad there is a meal for every night and every eater. Most recipes have about 10 ingredients, making it easy to plan a week’s worth of meals without breaking the bank. Another bonus- no crazy ingredients. Nothing you’ll have to make a special trip to a different market to find. I like that.

Weeknight Gluten Free by Kristine Kidd

While this book is focused more on dinners than other meals, it does have a modest dessert section to round out an evening. Kristine provides information for getting started with gluten free cooking, a pantry guide and some basics for saving time in the kitchen—tips we all could use! She also includes a stellar “Basic Recipes” section at the back- easy things to have on hand for even faster meals like Quick Mashed Potatoes and Mint Pesto.

This book would be great for someone beginning a gluten free diet or a seasoned veteran. It’s not overly complicated, so even a new cook would be able to master these dishes. It’s also great for any mom or dad who need a little help getting dinner on the table. You can bet I’m picking up a copy for my collection!

Braised Carrots and Chickpeas with Yogurt Topping | Kristine Kidd

Braised Carrots and Chickpeas with Yogurt Topping

Tender beans and sweet carrots are infused with enticing spices, and get a dollop of an Indian-inspired yogurt topping. White quinoa is a great substitute for couscous, and it is very high in protein.

  • Slender Carrots, 1 lb (500 g), unpeeled
  • Olive Oil, 4 tablespoons (2 fl oz/60 ml) plus 11⁄2 teaspoons
  • Large Onion, 1, coarsely chopped
  • Sweet Paprika, 2 teaspoons
  • Ground Cumin, 1 teaspoon
  • Ground Cinnamon and Ginger, 1⁄2 teaspoon each
  • Cayenne Pepper, 1⁄4 teaspoon
  • Chickpeas, 2 cans (15 oz/470 g each), rinsed and drained
  • Diced Tomatoes with juices, 2 cans (14.5 oz/455 g each)
  • Raisins, 1 cup (6 oz/185 g)
  • Kosher Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
  • Quinoa, 1-1⁄2 cups (9 oz/92 g)
  • Plain Greek-style Yogurt, 1⁄2 cup (4 oz/125 g)
  • Fresh Cilantro leaves and toasted Sliced Almonds for garnish

Makes 4 servings

1. Halve the carrots lengthwise and then quarter them crosswise. In a large For the topping, nonstick frying pan over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onion and carrots and sauté until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add the paprika, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne and stir for 10 seconds. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes with juices, raisins, and 1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) water. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the carrots are just tender, about 20 minutes.

2.  Rinse and drain the quinoa 4 times, and then place in a saucepan. Add 21⁄4 cups (18 fl oz/560 ml) water and a pinch of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let stand for at least 5 minutes.

3. In a small bowl, mix the yogurt and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Fluff the quinoa with a fork, and then mix in the remaining 1 tablespoon plus 11⁄2 teaspoons oil.

4. Divide the quinoa among warmed plates. Season the chickpea mixture to taste with salt and black pepper and spoon over the quinoa. Spoon the yogurt on top. Sprinkle with cilantro and almonds and serve right away.

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