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Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

I’m always trying out new things in the kitchen, and I had been wanting to try Quinoa for some time. In fact, I’ve had a box of Quinoa sitting on my cabinet for a while now. As always, I want to keep my Foodies informed, so I did a little research on this “pseudo cereal” as it is called. Quinoa is closely related to species such as beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds. Tumbleweeds? makes your mouth water, doesn’t it?…

Quinoa was of great nutritional importance in pre-Columbian Andean civilizations, secondary only to the potato, and was followed in importance by maize. In contemporary times, this crop has become highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high (18%). Nutritional evaluations of quinoa indicate that it is a source of complete protein.It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest. Because of all these characteristics, quinoa is being considered a possible crop in NASA’s Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration human occupied spaceflights.

Impressive, right? Since it’s so good for you, I wanted to try a recipe that I could get my daughter to eat. I succeeded with this one, so I recommend you try it at home. As far as preparation is concerned, no big deal. It takes 15 minutes.

Helga

Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Sweet Corn & Quinoa
with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Serves 3-4
Adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

Ingredients:

1 cup dry quinoa
2 cups water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 scallions, sliced
2 ears sweet corn
salt & pepper

For the Honey Lemon Vinaigrette:
1 Tablespoon lemon zest
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 garlic clove, microplaned or finely minced
1 Tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Procedure:

  1. Rinse quinoa thoroughly under running water in a fine mesh sieve. Combine with water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, then place a lid on top and cook until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for the Honey Lemon Vinaigrette in a mason jar or small bowl, then shake or whisk to combine. Set aside.
  3. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add green onions and sweet corn, season with salt & pepper, then saute until corn is tender, about 3 minutes. Add in cooked quinoa and Honey Lemon Vinaigrette, then toss thoroughly to combine. Taste, add more salt & pepper if necessary, then serve.

Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Sweet Corn & Quinoa with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow treats… doesn’t it take you back to when you were a kid? I think this was one of the first things I ever made all by myself,   I must have been about 8 years old.  I remember I didn’t push them into a pan, but instead made them look like fat, deformed cookies. But I loved them… my family was probably just humoring me, but they ate them all!

I hadn’t even thought about making these until a few months ago, I’ve only made them a couple of times because I don’t want to overindulge Kristen’s sweet tooth, but…  she’s still a kid, so I make these for her from time to time. (It’s a handy little lunch box snack, too).

Marshmallow treats are great just as they are, cut into squares. However, this variation is fit for a celebration, or for any time you will have a group of kids in your home.  They are toddler friendly too, I gave one to Kristen and she had no trouble eating it.

The easiest way to cover your treats with chocolate, is to transfer the melted chocolate into a glass. It is easier to cover the area this way.

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Recipe from Ricekrispies.com

Yields: About 12-18 pops, depending on the size of you pan.

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
6 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
8 Oz Semi Sweet Chocolate (such as Baker’s)
Sprinkles

Procedure:

  1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add cereal. Stir until well coated.
  2. Using buttered spatula or wax paper, evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into eighteen 3 x 2-inch bars. Push one stick into the bottom of each bar.
  3. Melt chocolate in a double boiler, stirring from time to time until it has completely melted. Dip bars into chocolate and decorate as you like. Place on wax paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until chocolate is set. Best if served the same day.

Variation:

Instead of making pops, you can:

  • Cut your treats into squares and drizzle chocolate on top.
  • Spread chocolate evenly on top of your prepared treats, and after it has set cut into small squares
  • In step 2: Instead of pressing the mixture into a pan, spread and press it evenly on a cookie sheet.  You can use metal cookie cutters to cut off shapes… and you can eat the remains ;)

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops

Marshmallow Treat Pops