So…I have never been creative. Shocker, I know. I don’t know how to bake or cook without a recipe (sometimes even with!) However, that has never stopped me from trying to create delicious healthy dishes that my husband will enjoy.
4 years ago, Tim lived on Taco Bell. There was one literally around the corner from his house, so it’s understandable that a house full of guys would want to indulge in Fourth Meal- a lot. And, it’s cheap. I don’t blame him for this, but it is something I am wary of.
My first quest in dating Tim was to lure him to the dark side :0) I would spend hours trying to make healthy meals, but still not grasping the concept of “less is more”. Slowly but surely, the fast food ventures slowed! Now, that I have him hostage, he is subjected to every kind of creation I come up with. Quinoa Cookies. Egg White Omletts. Turkey Bacon. Kale Chips. All these things so amazing to me, but scared him silly!
As I have delved into the world of vegetables, I have been amazed at the million combinations of recipes that there are!! This, my friends, is one such dish that came straight from the brain of me, Kim Ludeman. I hope you enjoy this dinner dish as much as I do!! (If I could only stop eating it for five minutes so I can finish typing this!) It is filled with fiber and protein, and is grainless but could be added to whole wheat spiral noodles, barley or of course, quinoa :0)
Most Incredible Broccoli Leek Salad
1 Leek (washed, root and green tops trimmed off, split in half and chopped into little horseshoes)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 crowns broccoli, chopped (I cheated and used Trader Joes pre-cut)
1.5 cup “soycatash” mix (this can be any veggies really- think chopped peppers, corn- I would recommend a frozen bag mix)
10 oz chicken breast, cooked and cubed
.5 cup edamame (You could use cashews/chickpeas)
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or go nuts and use a clove or two)
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes (cayenne for a kick!)
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup Almond Breeze (or soy milk/water)- Add more as needed.
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Pepper to taste
Add olive oil to large pan and heat up. Add in cut leeks and saute for a minute or two, until warm. Add 1 cup water and all veggies. Steam for about 10 minutes, covered. Drain cooked veggies, but save “broth” to cook the chicken in! Cook chicken for about 9-10 minutes and cut into cubes.
Sauce directions: Add all ingredients into blender/food processor/Magic Bullet and process until nice and creamy :0) Add to veggies and chicken and stir until coated. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can serve this warm or cold. Delicious!!!
Have you ever come up with your very own recipe?? If so, what is it and what inspired you??