Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Weekly Cooking

Breakfast: Vanilla Quinoa Oat Mini Muffin Tops

I never thought I'd be letting MJ eat ice cream for breakfast, but these just looked so tempting and nutritious that with a few modifications I had to make them! After officially weaning MJ all his nutrients are coming from his meals. So it is even more important to make sure that all his nutritional needs are met. This recipe contains the super grain quinoa, which is a complete protein, as well as oats another powerful grain. 

Ingredients: (yields 24 mini muffin tops)

1/2 cup melted So Delicious Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream
1/2 cup cooked Quinoa
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
1 3/4 cup ground Oats
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt

  • Cook quinoa and let cool
  • Melt ice cream and combine with melted coconut oil
  • Add ice cream+oil to quinoa
  • Mix ground oats, baking powder and salt & add to wet ingredients
  • Mixture should be a thick muffin mix consistency, but not stiff. Add more oats or melted ice cream to get desired consistency.
  • I originally scooped spoonfuls onto a cookie tray, but they didn't look right so I baked the second batch on the reverse side of my mini muffin tray.
First batch didn't look smooth enough, but still tasted delicious.

Lunch: No-rice Risotto with Rainbow Chard

I saw the most beautiful rainbow chard at the market. I just had to buy it. The colors were just so vibrant and enticing. Chard is also a Vitamin K & A powerhouse I wasn't sure what I was going to make, but I knew I needed the protein from beans. I paid for my first app last week, the Green Kitchen app and it paid off with a delicious No-rice Risotto recipe that only needed a few modifications. The recipe originally called for mascarpone cheese and I couldn't find any soy-free cream cheese, so I used coconut milk, which of course altered the original intended taste.

Ingredients: (Makes 3-4 adult servings)

2 cups of rainbow chard (stems & leaves separated)
7 cups cooked white beans (I used Northern beans)
1 red onion
2 garlic cloves
1 lemon; juice & zest
olive oil
2c vegetable broth
1 tbsp potato starch
4 tbsp coconut milk
sprinkle of salt

  • Cook beans (I used dried beans so I soaked them overnight and simmered them in veg. broth for an hour), but drained, rinsed and cooked canned beans are fine too.
  • Chop garlic, chard stems and onions very finely and saute in olive oil
  • Add veg. broth & chard and cook well.
  • Add beans & potato starch and simmer while stirring frequently.
  • Cook until veg. broth dissolves.
  • Add lemon juice, thyme & a sprinkle of salt
  • Add lemon zest before serving

Dinner: Cheesy Spinach-Avocado Pasta

I had some washed, chopped spinach that I had stored in the freezer a few weeks ago so I decided to use it for this extremely simple recipe. There are definitely a lot of ways you could play with this recipe. I added some nutritional yeast to give it a "cheesy" taste, I think it could also go great with some soy cream cheese, but the avocado really gives it such a creamy texture and delicious base.


1 1/2 avocados
4 c frozen spinach
2 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
2 garlic cloves
lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon
sprinkle of salt
sprinkle of pepper
Pasta (Brown Rice Pasta to make it gluten-free)

  • Puree frozen spinach and avocado along with lemon juice
  • When it reaches a creamy consistency heat in saucepan & add olive oil, garlic & nutritional yeast (sidenote: this could also probably be a really good raw dip if you didn't cook it)
  • Spice accordingly
  • Add to pasta tossed in olive oil
  • Sprinkle with nutritional yeast and serve

Simple & Delicious


  1. Thank you for trying out my muffin tops!:) they taste amazing right.. and all the nutritious quinoa in them!

    love your chard risotto and the cheezy pasta.. it sounds like one perfect day with these meals!

  2. Yes! My son can't get enough of the muffin tops I may have to make more! Thanks for checking out my adaptation of them :)