This simple recipe is great for the end of a busy week and can accommodate almost any ingredients you have around. Sub couscous for quinoa, add in other veggies, or include other proteins if you have them handy.
Quinoa and Brussels Sprouts
- 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
- 1 lb shredded Brussels sprouts (I got them precut from Trader Joe’s – one bag will do it!)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, chopped into thin strips
- 2 tbsp lemon juice – about one lemon worth
- salt and pepper to taste
- goat cheese (optional, for topping)
- Cook the quinoa – one cup of quinoa to 2-3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer covered for 15-20 minutes for liquid is absorbed. Let rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.
- Add the oil, onion, Brussels sprouts, salt/pepper, and half the lemon juice to a frying pan over medium heat. Stir frequently – when the sprouts get bright green, add more lemon juice and bell pepper. Stir for about 7-10 minutes total, until sprouts are cooked but still crunchy.
- Add quinoa to the pan of veggies and mix well. Serve hot or cold. (I topped mine with goat cheese crumbles – SO GOOD!)
This made about four salad-sized servings – can’t wait to eat it for lunch later this week.
Aka reason #45978 why I love my work
As this winter drags on forever, I’ve started to dig further and further into my bookshelf and Google Reader, and have found some pretty cool things to read. Here’s what I’ve been picking at lately – what about you?
- Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg – I just started this and it’s already making me seriously think about the kind of world us women are setting up for ourselves. Is calling something “work-life balance” and putting those two words at odds with each other any different than calling one movement “pro-choice” and the other “pro-life”? Did I judge my classmates too harshly for decisions I would have applauded had they been male, even in our women-dominated college? Am I really sitting at the table? I’m definitely going to keep thinking about this – let me know what you think of her ideas.
- This article about how Downton Abbey is just a retelling of Fiddler on the Roof. OR, is Fiddler just the best way to tell the story of modernization, cultural understanding, and the inevitability of pissing off your parents?
- The New York Times section that features MY SISTER, Kat (see the Judge John Hodgman piece on the far right). This page is kind of a mish-mash of weirdness, but the important thing is that a) Kat got into the NYTimes magazine (beating me even though it’s part of my five year plan!) and b) that she won her argument with her friend.
- This article that simplifies just how crucial the Supreme Court’s ruling on Prop 8 could be. I still can’t believe that decades after we had the same exact argument about interracial marriage, people still have to fight to be with the people they love and have that relationship recognized by the government. So ready for us to grow up as a nation and start treating people as we say we do – “with liberty and justice for all.” Follow the case on HRC’s website for up-to-date information.
As usual, the Maccabeats have come out with a catchy video to kick off the Jewish holidays. This time, it’s less about creative new lyrics and instead focused on the crafty repurposing of the Les Misérables songs to tell the story of Passover (with some mighty fine singing in the process, though I would have liked to see them hit those high notes…).
Check it out below – and check out my matzo brei recipe if you’re looking for a way to spice up your unleavened bread.
I am the definition of a breakfast person.
I could eat it three times a day – eggs for breakfast, cereal for lunch, crepes for dinner. Bring me to a diner at any hour and I am 99.9% likely to order hash and poached eggs. I simply can’t live without a good meal to start off my day. But when I combine my love for breakfast with my tendency to hit snooze a million times (right family?), it gets to be an expensive habit that ends up with me stopped in at Dunks on my way to work.
Luckily, I saw this pin the other day and decided to whip up some planned-ahead breakfasts so I could save some money and time in the morning. These tartlets came out great, and in 45 minutes, I was able to pack up 6 healthy breakfasts to eat and freeze for the week ahead.
Quiche Breakfast Tartlets
- 5-8 oz of baby spinach
- 1 cup baby portobello mushrooms, sliced
- 2 links chicken sausage (optional)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated (low-fat preferred, or another kind of shredded cheese works too!)
- 3 eggs and 6 egg whites (I use them from the carton) (alternatively, you can use 5 eggs)
- Dash skim milk
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a frying pan, heat up 1 tsp olive oil and cook the mushrooms. Cut the chicken sausage into small pieces (1/2 dime sized or so) and add to mushrooms, browning lightly. Remove from pan. Wilt spinach in frying pan. add to mushrooms and sausage.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Pour into lightly greased muffin tins, making sure that each section has all types of filling as well as some liquid.
- Bake in oven for 20-25 minutes, until edges are browned and tops are solid. Remove from tins and let sit before freezing/storing.
By the end, you should have 12 muffin-sized crustless quiches (mine actually made 5 mini muffins as well – use it all up!) which are each worth 2 PointsPlus each (I recommend two as one serving). In one travel-sized bite, you have cheese, eggs, meat, and veggies, or as I like to call it “perfection.”
These quiches are super versatile to whatever you have in your kitchen – asparagus and red pepper, cheese and more cheese, garlic and onion, you name it. My recommendation: go light on the fat, especially in the cheese. I only had full fat cheddar around, and these were a little more oily than I would usually eat, but they’re still quite healthy and definitely delicious.
What’s your go-to breakfast food?
What’s better than helping cure blood cancers?
Curing blood cancers WHILE drinking beer WHILE playing pub trivia right in your own city!
Join me for a night of Geeks Who Drink Trivia to benefit my race for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Trivia is free, and for $5 a person you can win cash prizes and support my race for LLS. It’s the perfect win-win-win-win all night long!
What: Trivia to benefit cancer research
Where: Hong Kong, Harvard Square
When: March 26 – trivia starts at 8:00, I recommend getting there by 7:45. I’ll be there before then!
Questions? Leave me a comment here!
Hope to see you there!
PS: Want to know more about why I’m running in the first place? Read more here!
That’s kind of how I feel right now. How exactly does one balance all this, you may ask?
- Training for a half marathon
- Working my butt off at work (seriously, no butt left)
- Being a bridesmaid in two weddings this summer, and attending two more, AND helping plan another two for next summer
- Traveling down the California coast with my sis
- Spending time with my family, including future in-laws (once Kat and Wes tie the knot)
- Surviving endless snow storms
- Hunting down Girl Scout cookies
- Sharing gossip over wine with best friends
- Hosting a rockin’ Oscar party (stay tuned for more on that later this week)
- Doing my taxes
(Would you be surprised if I told you that one thing on that list might be neglected, and it’s the most expensive item possible?)
Anyway, life has been a serious trip lately. A good one, but an exhausting one too. More on all that, especially the party and road trip, later this week – scout’s honor! What’s new in your life as we transition from winter to spring?