Peruvian Quinoa Chowder


Here’s the recipe from the picture I shared earlier. It’s delicious stuff.

  • 32 oz chicken broth + 2 cups water
  • 1 bunch green onions (about 6), diced
  • 2 large or 3 small cloves fresh minced garlic
  • 1 serano chilie pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2/3 cup quinoa
  • 1 can hominy OR 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

 Cook 6 hrs in crock pot; then add:

  • Two 4 oz cans baby shrimp
  • ½ cup half and half or 1 can coconut milk
Continue cooking until heated through. Top with chopped fresh cilantro and fresh lime juice if desired.

I served this with Cheesy Mexican Cornbread (1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix, ½ cup defrosted frozen corn kernels, ½ cup shredded pepper Jack cheese, ¼ cup sour cream, 1/3 cup half-and-half, one egg, baked 400 degrees for 20 minutes).

Dinner Tonight: Beef Stroganoff


We are having Beef Stroganoff for dinner tonight. We will be making it in the crock pot so it will mean eating for a couple of nights. Cook once, eat twice!

  • 2 ½ lb stew beef, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 4 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 packet onion soup mix
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar or red wine (optional)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms (drain first if using canned)
  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 8 oz sour cream*
  • 12 oz egg noodles or rice

Put beef, flour, salt, pepper, and soup mix in slow cooker and stir to coat evenly. Add vinegar, broth, mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup; stir lightly to blend and cook on low 4-6 hours. Stir in sour cream until fully incorporated. Add extra salt/pepper as needed. Serve over cooked noodles or rice.

(*Note: to make this more healthy, use low-fat or fat-free sour cream or plain yogurt instead of sour cream, and serve over whole-wheat pasta or brown rice. Conversely, to make it richer, use cream cheese or Philadelphia Cooking Cream for part or all of the sour cream.)