I haven't really filled you in on my coupon/money saving techniques on my grocery shopping trips but it truly deserves a post of it's own. Meanwhile, I will tell you that I've been saving a TON of money and able to buy some fun and healthy new things to try. The first of which is quinoa.
There's SO many fascinating recipes with quinoa and I've been so eager to try it. So I picked up some quinoa on my last shopping trip. It's an organic variety and seems pretty simple to cook. So in my quest to decide what to make first, I really wanted to find something that would be healthy and filling. I did a foodgawker search for energy bars....none with quinoa. Then I searched quinoa bars and nothing really stood out. Then I found THIS RECIPE for apple quinoa cake - perfect. I'm a sucker for dessert! As always, with my cheater / improv style, I had to make a couple of substitutions.
First mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 ts[ ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
In a separate bowl, mix the wet remaining ingredients. I used:
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans (any nuts wold work)
1/4 cup raisins
2 tbsp ground flax
Add 1 large apple, cored & grated and 1 cup cooked quinoa,