Quinoa Avocado Salad with Cardamom Cashew Butter

Quinoa Avocado Salad with Cardamom Cashew Butter

Try our quinoa avocado salad! It’s a delicious spin to a quinoa dish, the zip of the cardamom mixed with the creamy avocado and cashew butter creates a salad to remember!  This colorful salad is packed with protein and fiber to keep you full all day long. You’ll #TasteTheDifference!

Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cardamom Cashew Butter

1/2 c uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained

1 c water

1/3 c diced red onion

1/2 c fresh spinach, shredded

2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped

2 T lemon juice

1 T olive oil

1 ripe avocado, halved, seeded, and chopped

1/3 c crumbled feta cheese

spinach leaves for salad

Step By Step Quinoa Avocado Salad Recipe Directions:

Step 1In a 1-1/2-quart saucepan combine quinoa and water.

Step 2: Bring to boiling; reduce heat.

Step 3: Simmer, covered, about 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Step 4: Transfer quinoa to a medium bowl.

Step 5: Add tomato, spinach, avocado and onion; stir to combine.

Step 6: In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, Betsy’s Best Gourmet Cashew Butter and oil. Add to quinoa mixture; toss to coat.

Step 7: Place spinach leaves on 4 salad plates.

Step 8: Spoon quinoa mixture over spinach greens. Sprinkle with some of the feta.

Step 9: Enjoy your quinoa avocado salad!

Makes 4 main-dish servings.

Please let us know what you think of Betsy’s recipe for this quinoa avocado salad with cardamom cashew butter! Is this a salad yo will take to work for lunch? Will you eat it as a dinner salad?
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Pork Tenderloin with Seed Butter Quinoa Stuffing

Pork Tenderloin with Seed Butter Quinoa Stuffing

Betsy’s pork tenderloin with sunflower seed butter quinoa stuffing is a must try recipe! Toss the bread and use a gluten-free superfood stuffing instead!  A higher fiber and protein loaded stuffing will not only stuff your pork tenderloin, but fill your belly.  A flavorful combination of quinoa and Betsy’s Best Gourmet Sunflower Seed Butter makes this stuffing unique and an amazing compliment to the pork. You can serve the pork stuffed or keep the stuffing as a side dish.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 T Betsy’s Best Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter

1/4 C uncooked quinoa

1/2 C water

2 Tbsp grapeseed oil

1/2 onion, chopped

1 cloves garlic, chopped

1 small apples – peeled, cored and chopped

1/4 C raisins

2 Tbsp sunflower seeds

4 button mushrooms, chopped

2 Tbsp white wine

1 (1 pound) pork tenderloin

1 pinch ground cinnamon

1 pinch garam masala, or to taste

salt and ground black pepper to taste

Step By Step Quinoa Stuffing Recipe Directions:

Step 1: Cook the 1/4 c quinoa and 1/2 c water according to package directions.

Step 2: Heat the oil in a skillet and sauce the onion, garlic, apples, raisins, sunflower seeds, and mushrooms until the onion has softened and turned translucent. In a bowl combine the white wine and Betsy’s Best and stir to dissolve. Stir in the Betsy’s Best mixture, and cook another 1-2 min until some of the liquid has evaporated. Combine the apple mixture and quinoa until evenly mixed; set aside.

Step 3: Preheat an oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).  Slice the tenderloin from the top to the bottom lengthwise maintaining one edge intact so you can open like a book. Open the two sides and place between two sheets of heavy plastic on a solid, level surface. Firmly pound the tenderloin with the smooth side of a meat mallet to a thickness of 1/2 inch. Season the tenderloin on both sides with cinnamon, garam masala, salt, and black pepper. Spoon the quinoa filling onto the tenderloin, then roll up and secure with kitchen twine or toothpicks. Place onto a roasting pan.  Roast in the preheated oven until the pork is no longer pink in the center, about 35 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the filling should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Cover with aluminum foil, and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Step 4: Enjoy your quinoa stuffing with the pork tenderloin or as a side dish!

Betsy’s sunflower seed butter infused quinoa stuffing this is a sure fire dinner party crowd pleaser! Please let us know if you #TasteTheDifference!

 

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Four Healthy Pantry Essentials

Four Healthy Pantry Essentials

Why do you need a list of healthy pantry essentials? With the fast paced environment of today’s society, sometimes cooking and baking can be shoved to the side due to lengthy preparation time. This is not good because oftentimes this means consuming meals with low nutritional value. Sometimes preparing meals can become a burden without the correct ingredients. Below you will find four healthy pantry essentials that should always be in your cabinet to avoid that stop at a fast food restaurant. These ingredients will aid in keeping meals simple & nutritious!

4 Healthy Pantry Essentials:

Nut Butters As founder of Betsy’s Best Gourmet Nut and Seed Butters, saying Betsy is nuts for nut butters is an understatement. At her company, she always tries to incorporate one of her gourmet butters into whatever she is making and explain its usefulness in our cabinets. Whether she is making “Cardamom Cashew Butter Crepes” for a delicious breakfast or a “Lemon Pie Smoothie” to cool off on a toasty summer day, these nut butters are the secret ingredient to making things taste so yummy. Nut butters can serve as substitutes for non-healthy ingredients, add additional flavor, increase nutritional value and literally make you go nuts when they are not in your cabinet!

Cha-Cha-Cha-Chia Seeds – Chia seeds are another one of Betsy’s favorite ingredients. These little seeds can be incorporated into anything (yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, even your main entree)! Being high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein and calcium, adding these seeds to any meal can be simple and rewarding. Start incorporating chia seeds into your meals and fill your tummies with its bountiful beauty.

Quinoa – Doesn’t a food that contains all nine essential amino acids, large amounts of fiber, iron, copper, magnesium and folate seem too good to be true? Well, thankfully for everyone who consumes quinoa, it’s not. Being the superhero in the land of enriched and refined grains, quinoa is here to save the day! Quinoa can be eaten plain. Quinoa can be substituted for another grain. Quinoa can be used in grain salad like the “Quinoa Avocado Salad.” Quinoa can be used to stuff vegetables. Quinoa can and needs to be an essential ingredient in your cabinet.

Healthy Oil – When looking for a healthy oil to use and to keep in the cabinet, she likes to stick with one of the three S’s–Sunflower, Safflower and Sesame Oil. All oils are high sources of fat and should be used in moderation. She likes to stick with using one of the three ‘S’oils because when used in moderation, they can actually be nutritious and beneficial for our bodies. Coconut oil is also one of our favorite oils to use (even though it does not begin with an ‘S’). Although oil is not used in every dish or baked good Betsy makes, she likes to be prepared and ensure that we always have healthy oils in the cabinet.

What other healthy pantry essentials do you keep at home?  Do you keep a supply of Betsy’s Best all-natural nut butters in your pantry?

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