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Weekend Snapshots June 22-24, 2012

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Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your first “official” weekend of summer! It was hot and steamy in DC, but I still managed to spend some time in the sun, and eat some great grub! Friday night, I threw together a quinoa salad with garbanzo beans and leftover roasted veggies from earlier in the week. Dressed with a little olive oil and red wine vinegar, this was a light and quick dinner that I enjoyed before Chris and I met a few of his friends out in DC!

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Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Oh man, these were de.li.cious. My Southwestern Stuffed Peppers come together quickly, and are pretty healthy!! They are vegetarian to boot, you won’t even miss the meat!

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Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

Risotto. So creamy and delicious.  Risotto gets a bad rap because it is typically very high in calories (cream, wine, butter…yum), and requires a lot of attention while cooking. This risotto however uses a very small amount of butter (1/2 tablespoon, compared to the average 3!), and it uses quinoa instead of arborio rice. For those of you that are unfamiliar with quinoa, it is actually a seed, and serves as a complete protein, you can find out more about quinoa here. There are 18 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber in the one cup of quinoa used in this recipe! Quinoa is often used to replace grains for those with gluten-free diets. In fact, you can easily make this dish gluten-free, just be sure to check the label of your chicken broth. The brand I used does contain wheat gluten, but Swanson and Progresso both make gluten-free broths!

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Filed under dinner, healthy, lightened up, main course, meatless main, quinoa, risotto, vegetable