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Broccoli with Sun-dried Tomatoes over Quinoa

It’s finally getting warm here, the weekend ended up being beautiful!  Although Saturday morning was gloomy and chilly, by the end of the day the sun was out.  We took a walk on the Mall, among all the tourists, and got a little sun.  For dinner we tried burgers at Good Stuff Eatery, which were delicious.  Spike Mandolhson is known from Top Chef, and he opened this burger join a couple of years back.  Both of us were very surprised how busy it was!  So if you’re in Capitol Hill, and enjoy a good burger- check this place out.

In order to counteract the (not so healthy) burger, I decided a quinoa salad would be much better for us.  So below is a great recipe, for a quick and easy salad.  As always with these, feel free to change the vegetables or keep these yummy one’s.

Broccoli with Sun-dried Tomatoes over Quinoa
Adapted from: Vegetarian Times

1 cup uncooked quinoa
3 tbsp pine nuts
2 tbsp grape seed oil (feel free to use another oil)
2 heads (about 1 lb) of fresh broccoli, cut into small florets
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese (feta can be a substitute)

Cook quinoa per package directions.  Once it’s cooked, add to a large bowl.  Toast pine nuts in a dry skillet over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Transfer to the large bowl.

Heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add broccoli and cook for 2 minutes, or until florets are coated with oil and begin to soften and brown.  Add water and cover tightly with lid.  Steam broccoli for 5-10 minutes, until the water has evaporated and the broccoli is tender.  Once cooked, add to the large bowl.

In a small bowl mix: sun-dried tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.  Stir to mix all of the ingredients.  Pour over the salad in the large bowl.  Mix the ingredients, so the vinaigrette is covering the salad.  Top the salad with goat cheese.

No-riccotta Lasagna

I enjoy eating lasagna, but I can never order it at a restaurant or enjoy it made by someone else!  Why?  Because of ricotta cheese- it’s my stomach’s worst nightmare!  I’ve tried substituing other cheeses, but it’s just not the same….until I came across this recipe! 

I’m not sure if everyone else enjoys tofu like I do, but if you’re willing to give this at try, it really is enjoyable.  Obviously, you have to add a lot of flavor to the “tofu ricotta”, otherwise it’s a little bland.  But once you blend the tofu in the food processor, the texture is very similar to the ricotta.  Feel free to play around the with the flavors, and this way it won’t be the same lasagna each time you cook it.

No-ricotta Lasagna
Adapted by: Love and Olive Oil Blog

1 (14 oz) package of firm tofu, well-drained
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/3 cup parsley, chopped
1/3 cup pine nuts
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
4 zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch slides
5 cups marinara sauce
8 oz lasagna noodles
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  cook a 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray.  Toast the pine nuts on a dry skillet over medium heat.  Keep stirring until they are golden. 

In a food processor, combine: tofu, basil, parsley, pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice, salt, oregano, red pepper flakes, and sugar.  Blend until smooth and the texture will be similar to ricotta cheese.

In a skillet, heat oil and saute zucchini on medium heat until they are tender. 

Spread 1/4 of the marinara sauce on the bottom of the baking dish.  Then cover with a layer of noodles.  Layer 1/2 of the tofu mixture, then 1/2 of the zucchini mixture.  Then place another layer of noodles and the remaining zucchini.  Next, add 1/2 of the marina sauce and another layer of noodles.   Finally, spread the remaining 1/4 of the marinara sauce.  Cover the pan with foil and bake for 1 hour.   

Let it rest for 10 minutes before serving, sprinkle Parmesan cheese onto each serving.