Category: Quinoa - Four Ways To Do It.....In The Kitchen!
 
Tonight I cooked this beautiful Mediterranean Crusted Salmon with a side of Quinoa and variety of greens I picked out of my yard. Yes - I ate my lawn. It's delicious, free, and there are NO pesticides etc. 

Salmon

Ingredients:

2 Salmon Fillets (roughly 6oz each)
Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs (Zesty will give you a kick!)
2 tbsp Pine Nuts
2 tbsp Sun Dried Tomatoes, chopped
1 cup Egg Beaters (you can use regular eggs if you have them, but I try to do the egg beaters for washes)
Parmesean to taste
And a pinch of any herb you choose

Directions: 

*Dip the filets into the egg wash and when you lift them out - let them drip a little.

* Mix together the dry ingredents in a bowl and coat the fish and set on a rack for about 10 minutes to rest. 

*Cover a cookie sheet in foil (easy clean up!) and lightly spray with olive oil. Place the fish on the cookie sheet and heat your oven to 375. They should cook about 22-24 minutes.

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Quinoa (Rice Substitute with much higher protein, lower carb, and high fiber.)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Quinoa
1 3/4 cup of Lime & Chili Chicken Broth (got this at HEB, but you can use regular chicken broth and add some lime juice)

Directions:

*Bring the broth to a good boil, then add your rinsed Quinoa. Turn down your heat to simmer covered for 12 minutes. After 12 minutes, leave covered but turn off the heat and let it sit another 5 minutes before fluffing. 

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The salad is a mixture of Sow Thistle, Wood Sorrel, and Dandelion leaves, tied together using a chive. If you are NOT familiar with eating the weeds - then you should check out THIS BLOG if you live in the Houston area. This blog will also help you if you don't live in this area - but obviously due to climate - you will have a different growing season. This is a FREE way to eat salad, and it's absolutely delicious! Obviously - dont pick from an area that you KNOW animals are urinating, and wash thoroughly. Do not eat someone unless you are SURE it's what you think. Most cities have an extention service that you can take the plant into and have identified for you.

Anyway, I'm very familiar with eating this way so I washed my leaves, tied them together with a chive to look pretty, and then spritzed with a balsamic dressing (just put it in a spray bottle to make sure everything has a little but to avoid making your salad soggy.