Friday, November 09, 2007

recipe and update

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Recipe from NPR.
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Makes 4 servings as a main dish
2 cups vegetable broth or water
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 zucchini, quartered lengthwise then sliced across thinly
1 yellow squash, quartered lengthwise then sliced across thinly
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup pine nuts
6 coarsely chopped basil leaves
4 large bell peppers, washed, with the tops cut off and reserved, and the seeds removed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a small (approximately 7 inches by 11 inches) baking dish. Heat the olive oil in a medium, heavy-bottomed pot. Add the onion and saute a few minutes until soft. Add the zucchini, yellow squash, fennel seeds, oregano and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes or until vegetables soften. Add quinoa and stir to incorporate. Quickly add the broth or water, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and stir in the tomatoes, pine nuts and basil. Place the peppers upright in the baking dish and fill them with the quinoa mixture, topping each with its top. Bake 30 minutes. Serve immediately, with a salad and roasted potatoes.

I made this tonight, it's really yummy. I used grape tomatoes and added about 9 big chopped basil leaves instead of 6. I wouldn't use plain water, it wouldn't have much flavor. Very good.

I've been itchy and rashy with little hives popping up randomly and very red skin for a while now and finally went to the allergist. I am allergic to all kinds of things and have started on 3 new medications as well as restarting an old one. I counted about 67 holes from the allergy tests and they drew 6 vials of blood on top of that. Besides the allergies, I'm also being tested for celiac disease, since my 1st cousin has that. I am allergic to milk products, peanuts and soy, along with dust mites, various trees, weeds, grasses, dandelion, molds, cats, nickel, latex and vinyl. At least I'm not allergic to dogs! I've now got my bed set up with the various dust mite covers. Hopefully I will start to feel better and my immune system will start to recover. I go back to the allergist in a little more than a week. She also told me to not take any aspirins or NSAIDS (ibuprofen!) because they will make my itching worse and to really not take any OTC meds at all. She also instructed me to get Cetaphil cream and mix it with petroleum jelly and put it on my skin twice a day. I didn't realize how bothersome that would be until I started doing it, I hate feeling gooey and putting clothes on. I have noticed some improvement with my itching and hives, though I still get red welts from things touching my skin, like the car seat belt.


At 8:55 AM, Blogger Christina said...

oh, goodness. this doesn't sound like fun at all. pavlos gets slathered with just cetaphil on daily basis because he has really dry skin. paul has celiac's. i don't know what we would do with a milk allergy (paul says that he is fine with celiac's but would have a really tough time with a milk allergy because he loves cheese). I'm so sorry you hae to go through all this!

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Mimi said...

Ugh. What a mess to go through. I can agree, that does sound goopy. However, I'm also so glad you've gotten some answers.

And, yum, that looks good!


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