Dine with Diana: Too Good To Be Healthy Veggie Quinoa

If you’re like me, you’re scrambling around this week trying to get the kids back to a respectable bedtime routine, trying to remember where you left off at work, unpacking from holiday trips, and just generally trying to keep your head screwed on.

Meanwhile, my kids will not stop asking for snacks and chocolate. Literally. They average about once an hour. In the morning they want a snack, not breakfast. And around 9am they start saying, “Can we please have chocolate now. We haven’t had any yet today!”

Now that they no longer get their way, they go into full tantrum mode in hopes of recreating the near free-reign eating they experienced during the break when grandparents, uncles and even laid back parents were caving in at every turn.

So now our challenge is to get us all back to eating normally again with a focus on nutritious and delicious meals. Oh yah, and you know me. Fast and easy are key.

Since we’ve all been eating hearty dishes with a lot of flavor and comfort to them over the holidays, I wanted to come up with something that would give our family the same comfort feelings without being full of fat and calories.

Hubs and I came up with this amazing Veggie Quinoa dish that can be used as a side, a full meal (don’t be afraid to add meat) or as Hubs did, as a bed for our roasted leg of lamb a few nights ago. Decadent for a post holiday meal, I know, but it really wasn’t heavy at all.

The flavors, nuttiness, textures and healthy-factor on this dish all add up to perfection for getting back on track at the dinner table this week.

Let me know how you serve it!

Xo,

Diana

Too Good To Be Healthy Veggie Quinoa

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Ingredients

  • 1 bag vegetable quinoa mix- I like Roland brand Garden
  • Yellow grape tomatoes cut in half
  • Toasted pine nuts
  • Golden raisins
  • Dried cranberries
  • Top with raw Brussels sprouts, trimmed, finely grated or shredded with a knife
    (amount of added ingredients is all to taste)

 Directions:

  1. Prepare the quinoa mix according to package instructions
  2. Toss in the yellow tomatoes, pine nuts, raisins, cranberries and mix
  3. Sprinkle top of each serving with the crispy raw Brussels sprouts

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Totsy’s Top 5 Holiday Pins

Happy holidays! Nothing new, but you all know that we here at Totsy LOVE Pinterest!  We are practically addicted ;-).  We have rounded up out top 5 pins for the holidays!  These are just some of our favorites, but you can enjoy the holiday season with more pins from our Tis the Season board!

5) Heart- (and belly-warming) hot chocolateLove this idea! Put whipped cream on a cookie sheet, freeze, then use heart cookie cutter to cut out heart shapes.  Add to a steamy cup of hot chocolate!

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4) Candy cane tablescape. Perfect for the holiday season – simple and festive!

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3) Christmas tree cupcake.  How adorable is this??

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2) Winter cocktails. Our favorite? The hot toddy. Warms you from the inside out!  Find the recipe on our blog along with a few of our other favorite winter cocktails.

Glass of hot toddy with cinnamon and anise. Shallow dof.

1) Cutie holiday photo op. We couldn’t help but smile at this little snowman! Have you ever had a creative and festive photo op with your child?

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That’s all from us folks!  Don’t forget to follow and pin with us on Pinterest.

Share with us your favorite holiday pins by pasting in the comments below.

Happy holidays to your family from us here at Totsy!

A Totsy Scavenger Hunt Worth $1,000!

Totsy brings you our first-ever Twitter Scavenger Hunt!  It’s a journey that will take you to a prize valued at $1,000!  There will only be one winner so be sure to follow all the rules! Good luck!

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RULES:

  1. Must be a member of Totsy. Sign up here:  http://go.totsy.com/RX3B0J
  2. Must follow Totsy on Twitter: @mytotsy
  3. Check Totsy’s Twitter feed daily at 11:00 AM EST, we will tweet clues for the scavenger hunt. Missed the clue? Use hashtag #12DaysOfTotsy to search.
  4. Jot down your answers and keep them somewhere safe.
  5. When the final clue is tweeted on December 22nd*, go to The 12 Days of Totsy and fill out all the fields. You have until December 30th to submit your answers. Good luck!

*Remember, you have to submit all of your answers at once! So, keep track of what you find and get it to us between December 22-30.

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A Curious George Twitter Party

We are ecstatic to have Curious George join us on Totsy again!  Come join us for this very special Twitter Party. You can win some lovely prize packs from this lovable monkey! See you there :).

DATE: Friday 11/16
TIME: 2PM ET
HOST: Totsy Mom Committee member, Caryn Bailey
HASHTAG: #totsyparty

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Having guests over?  Try this easy appetizer dish that only takes minutes to make. Smoky, salty bacon combined with the crunch of asparagus makes the perfect combo for this quick 15 minute appetizer.

You’ll Need:

  • 10 asparagus spears – rinsed, trimmed
  • olive oil
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 5 bacon strips – halved, lengthwise

Step-by-Step:

  1. Lay out asparagus on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with pepper.
  2. Wrap a strip of bacon from the top of the asparagus to the bottom.
  3. Place cookie sheet in 350 degree oven for 7-10 minutes (or until bacon is crispy).

How To: Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt

If you and your family are not big on trick-or-treating or Halloween, try this fun, easy and seasonal frozen yogurt recipe for a healthier alternative to ice cream. Spend a night in a whip up this delicious dessert.

Serves: 3-4

You’ll Need:

  • 3-4 cups Greek non-fat yogurt, strained
  • 1-2 cups pumpkin puree
  • Agave nectar –  squeeze until you reached desired sweetness
  • Pumpkin pie spice – add until you reach desired taste
  • Large flat dish

Step-by-Step:

  1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix all the ingredients.
  2. Place the bowl in the freezer and stir every half hour until it reaches the desired consistency.

Enjoy with a scary movie!

Tell us, what are some of your favorite fall treats?

Al Fresco with Autumn: Chicken Salad Towers

Every time I go home to visit family I learn something new in the kitchen. Our last trip in August was no exception. The weather was broiling, and our busy hungry family needed something quick, cool and healthy. Mom whipped out this simple recipe, and literally, just ask my husband, I’ve eaten it for lunch almost every day since. Sometimes you just need a break from the heavy-breaded sando, so give this little cracker variety a whirl. It’s particularly tasty with a small bowl of tomato soup and a Diet Coke. Oh yeah baby…back to basics.

Chicken Salad Towers

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serves: 3-4

Ingredients

1 12oz can of chunk chicken breast

2 Tbsps spicy pickle relish

2 Tbsps lite mayonnaise

Ground Pepper

Milton’s Multi-Grain Crackers

Avocado – sliced

Tomato – sliced

Directions

1. In a small bowl, mix together chicken breast, relish, and mayonnaise.

2. Top each cracker with a spoonful of above mixture, adding avocado slice and then tomato slices on top.

3. Add freshly ground pepper to taste.

Enjoy!

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