Carrot-Basil Quinoa with Roasted Eggplants & Mushrooms

Carrot Quinoa w/ Roasted Veggies & Fresh Basil

Tonight's recipe inspiration came from last weeks kids cooking class recipe: Carrot Cake Muffins. They had 1 cup WW Flour & 1 Cup Cooked Couscous. The Couscous was cooked in the microwave, but I used 100% carrot juice instead of water. The couscous came out a beautiful orange color and tasted like heaven. I couldn't believe how good it was!! Then the cupcakes ended up being awesome too.

I do so many different and weird things with the kids I've made it a rule that eww,yuck,nasty & gross are words not allowed in the kitchen. They can say different, strange or weird instead. And of course after they try it they can say they don't like it. All part of the beauty of trying new things. To my delight though they loved the Carrot Cake Muffins!

But, the delicious Couscous got me thinking! YUM--I've got to do this with Quinoa and eat it with roasted veggies. The options are endless.

Tonight I cooked the quinoa in the microwave with equal parts quinoa & carrot juice (Click Here for instructions on how to cook in microwave). Allowed it to cool, toss it with fresh basil & topped with the roasted Eggplants & Mushrooms (just some plain old olive oil, S&P).

One of the coolest things about this recipes was the mushrooms. Last year I got all my blood work done and found out I was super Vitamin D deficient. So, I desperately started searching for foods high in Vitamin D. Well the neatest thing has happened--we now know that when mushrooms are exposed to UV light one of their natural substances called ergosterol will convert into Vitamin D2.  Just three ounces of button mushrooms will provide you with 100% of your daily Vitamin D. Very important for those of us that don't do dairy.

Carrot-Basil Quinoa with Roasted Eggplant & Mushrooms 

Fresh Basil from my Backyard! So Proud!!

Serves 2

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup 100% Carrot Juice
  • 10 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 4 baby eggplant, sliced into rounds
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • S&P 
  • Fresh Basil 
Cook quinoa in microwave using carrot juice in place of water.  Toss sliced mushrooms & eggplant with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roasted in oven at 400F for 20 minutes. Toss cooled quinoa with fresh basil and roasted veggies. Enjoy!

Latest Pintrest Influence:

Coffee Ice Cubes in muffin tins
Perfect for Ice Coffee

Nope that's not a brownie--Coffee!

No more watery ice coffee!

Had to add this pic b/c sadly my fave 1 T measuring cup has been broken to pieces by Mr. Garbage Disposal

1 comment:

  1. BBG, I'm getting so many good ideas about feeding my future grandchildren! I love the idea of not allowing words like "yuck!" And who would say that anyway, presented with that beautiful quinoa?