Friday, February 17, 2012

Blueberry Breakfast Quinoa

My previous quinoa post was a big hit, and I have been meaning to offer more recipes featuring this protein-packed seed. If you aren't familiar with quinoa and its superfood status, check out my Quick & Easy Quinoa Salad post for more info (you can also see how much my camera skills have evolved - haha). I hope you are convinced to try it out, and discover how enjoyable it is when prepared juuuust right.

And now, here is a quinoa-for-breakfast option! I must admit that I was skeptical at first (as you very well may be). I have always enjoyed quinoa best with a tangy vinaigrette and vegetables, and wasn't sure how it would work in a sweet, hot cereal. And honestly, on my first try, I wasn't that crazy about it. I tried it in the same fashion as I like my oatmeal - with dried fruit, such as raisins and cranberries. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this blueberry version. The fresh berries complemented the texture of the quinoa much better. This recipe is one that I thoroughly enjoyed, and am excited to share with y'all! It will leave you feeling satisfied for hours, and you will feel absolutely wonderful sharing with the people you love.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Corn Pudding

This was my first attempt at corn pudding, and I must say I was quite pleased. Served alongside the Pulled Pork Sandwiches, it was a truly Southern-inspired Super Bowl feast. The pudding has a thick custard texture, which is complemented by the crisp taste of sweet corn and bell pepper, and a hint of spice. Topped with bread crumbs for a little crunch, and then green onion -- mostly for presentation's sake at the time, but actually paired very well with the flavors of the pudding. Hope you enjoy this comforting classic anytime; with either a big bowl on a cold winter day, or in the summer when fresh ears of corn are at the peak of their season.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Spicy Slaw

This spicy slaw perfectly complements my Pulled Pork Sandwiches, but is also a great slaw for any occasion.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled-pork is one of my favorite crowd-pleasing recipes. It's perfect for having friends over for a game (made this for the Super Bowl) or a summer dinner party. This recipe is done in a traditional North Carolina style; served in a vinegar-based sauce. Serve with slaw and hamburger buns, and you've got a hearty sandwich that will satisfy everyone's greatest pork desire.