Cinnamon Banana Quinoa

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A friend of mine introduced me to Quinoa about a year ago. She put some in a salad she prepared for our lunch. The salad was delicious and I will certainly have to post the recipe at a later date. I had no clue what Quinoa was so of course I had to Google it!

Quinoa is a seed, not a grain. It is related to the spinach family. Quinoa is a good source of protein, fat, and vitamin E. It can also be a substitute for any grain.

It is a freezing cold dreary day, and I am stuck in doors nursing my sweet little daughter back to good health. I decided to get creative, pull out the box of Quinoa in my pantry, and whip something up.

My new creation….

Cinnamon Banana Quinoa!

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked Quinoa

1 small banana

2 cups water

cinnamon

1 oz of raw almonds

Prep time: 17 minuets

Directions:

Prepare Quinoa, follow instructions on the box. You will add 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water to boil on the stove top. Once you receive a boil, lower your heat and simmer for 15 minuets. This will make ALOT!! Just warning you!

Slice small banana.

Once your quinoa is finished place about 3/4-1 cup in a bow. Layer with banana slices, almonds, and top with Cinnamon to taste!

The Quinoa is nice and warm so it led me to thinking that this dish may be best served for breakfast! The texture of the dish reminded me of oatmeal, or porridge! It was very tasteful and very satisfying. The almonds gave it just the right CRUNCH!  If you want to make it into a porridge I would suggest you smash the bananas up with the Quinoa and cinnamon first, then add the almonds!

What is your favorite Quinoa dish?

Stay hungry my friends!

Leigh Leigh

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BACON …dog (recipe your children will love)

Being very short on time these days with various sports activities keeping us out of the home all but one day during the week, meals have become quiet monotonous to say the least! Today I got a wild hair and decided to put a spin on the children’s beloved Hot Dog! Since dear Son was my taste tester I let him name it!

Let me introduce you to the

…………………………………………………BACON DOG!

Things you will need:

1 Package of your favorite hot dog weenies

1 Package of your favorite bacon

1 Package of your favorite shredded cheese

16 tooth picks

1 deep baking pan

Prep time: 7

Bake time: 20-25 minutes

Oven Temperature: 350

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Using your knife cut a slit through weenie from top to bottom.

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Next, take your shredded cheese and begin to stuff the inside of the weenies with your cheese.

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Using both hands poke the bacon with your toothpick at the top of the weenie. Wrap the bacon all the way down the weenie and secure the bacon with another toothpick. I was able to use two toothpicks per weenie.

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Now it is time to put these little bacon doggies in the oven. Remember to use a deep baking dish as the bacon grease will be oozing off the bacon as it bakes. I baked mine at 350 for about 23 minuets.

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Ta Da! PERFECTION! The Bacon Dog is ready to be dressed up on the hot dog bun!

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Now it is time to serve! My son likes his Bacon Dog with Ketchup and extra cheese! I did have chili to put on top, but we didn’t use it tonight!

Top your Bacon Dog to your likening! (mustard, pickle relish, chili, ketchup, extra cheese, onions)

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YUMMMMMMMY! Oink Oink, Wuuf Wuuf!

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Jett gives it a big Thumbs UP and your kids will TOO!!

 

Oink and Wuuf!

Leigh Leigh

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