Category Archives: One Dish Meals

Black Bean and Pineapple Quinoa

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I am a fan of quinoa, the rest of my family not so much. I tried coming up with ways to fix it so that the kiddos wouldn’t complain much. The way to their hearts, or stomachs as the case may be, is definitely fruit. I already planned on using some black beans I made earlier with peppers from the garden and decided pineapple was the way to go. Continue reading

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Pasta with Chicken, Tomatoes and Feta

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This is one of our favorites in the summer. Somehow it just seems very refreshing and not too heavy. It has everything in one dish which I of course love!

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I usually make this with orzo pasta. That would be my preference, it really is great. Alas, I have not found a high fiber orzo pasta. So this time I made it with mini rotini since it has fiber in it. I just have to prioritize how I want to eat my “empty” carbs. This time common sense and health won out!

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The boys all just love feta cheese. They even ate the tomatoes when I made it! They can be hit or miss when it comes to eating tomatoes.

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This combines all my favorites from a Greek tomato salad. The fresh basil, feta and lemon juice are so fresh and full of flavor. It tastes great leftover as a cold pasta salad, add cucumbers and it’s even better (leftovers may require a little added olive oil). I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Pasta with Chicken, Tomato and Feta
1/2 pound dry pasta
2 Tbs. olive oil
Juice and zest of one lemon
10 oz. cooked chicken, diced
1/2 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
1/4 c. red onion, chopped
1/4 c. fresh basil, chopped
5 oz. feta cheese, crumbled

Cook the pasta to al dente, time will depend on which size/shape pasta you choose to use. Drain the pasta. Put the pasta, oil, lemon juice and zest in a bowl, allow to cool for about five minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well mixed. Serve warm or cold. If serving cold cucumbers are a nice addition.

Yields 6 servings

Quinoa Salad with Chicken, Oranges and Cranberries

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Let me start by apologizing for the photo quality, not exactly my best work. Yesterday was yet again another day of rain so finding some natural light was difficult. Factor in three hungry cooped up energetic boys and it made for chaos while I was attempting to take photos, especially with little hands stealing the sliced almonds off the food!

So anyway, I first made this salad several years ago to take to a friend’s party because she eats gluten free and is a vegetarian (I made it without the chicken that time). It was quite popular. I have made it several more times since then and now would like to share it with you.

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