Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, MARY SULLIVAN, and her favorite recipe for MARY SULLIVAN’S GRAIN BOWL!
ALWAYS EMILY by MARY SULLIVAN
This time, it has to be forever…
Emily Jordan has been in and out of Salem Pearce’s life for years. As an archaeologist, her work often took her far away—even when he asked her to stay. She called it bad timing. He called it running away. Now she’s back and asking for one last chance.
But Salem is a single father with more than himself to think about. If he gives Emily another shot and she takes off again, it’ll hurt his daughters, too. He can’t take that risk. But deep down, he needs Emily. He always has. Maybe this time she’ll stay…
ALWAYS EMILY by MARY SULLIVAN
A few years ago, Mary picked up LaVyrle Spencer’s Morning Glory and became hooked on romance. She discovered Harlequin Superromance and knew she wanted to write these heartfelt stories of love, family, perseverance and happy endings.
In 2005, she was a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest. She has since won writing awards and garnered wonderful reviews. Her tenth Superromance, ALWAYS EMILY, is in bookstores now. Who knew daydreaming could feel so rewarding?
Links to Mary’s website, blog, books, etc.
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Karen, thank you so much for having me here today! The recipe I’m going to share is called a grain bowl. I first had a version of this at a small take-out place in Toronto called The Urban Herbivore in Kensington Market. It was exactly my kind of food, so I’ve come up with my own version that I make at home.
The recipe looks long and complicated, but isn’t really. It’s dead simple. It’s just that I make this in a large batch on Sunday and then have lunches ready for the entire week. It comes in handy when I’m on deadline!
MARY SULLIVAN’S GRAIN BOWL
1 cup of raw quinoa or brown rice
Cooking this much quinoa or rice should give you about 2 ½ cups of cooked grain.
Tinned beans or lentils, drained
Roasted vegetables, any selection of the following, as many or as few as you like, according to what’s in season:
Carrots (I roast them with olive oil and turmeric for my joints)
Cauliflower (fabulous roasted until done at 425 degrees with oil, thinly sliced garlic or shallots, and a little crushed red pepper flakes)
Or whatever appeals to you, using whichever oils, herbs, spices, garlic, fresh ginger, etc. that you like
Sautéed vegetables, whichever combination you prefer and as many or as few as you like, according to what’s in season:
Spinach or Kale
Colorful sweet peppers
I like to sauté my veggies, especially kale, with olive oil and lemon pepper seasoning.
Store the quinoa, beans and vegetables in containers in the fridge.
When you are ready to make lunch, spoon some cooked quinoa into a bowl and add some beans or lentils. Cover with your selection of roasted and/or sautéed vegetables. If you don’t like beans, add a different protein, i.e. diced turkey or chicken, sliced cold cuts, tinned tuna, boiled eggs, tofu, or broiled salmon, etc.
I top it all off with two of my favorite garnishes…some sliced avocado and toasted sunflower seeds!
Pour on some of this healthy dressing recipe I made up:
CARROT SESAME DRESSING:
2/3 cup carrot juice
1/3 cup cashew butter (I’ve also substituted almond butter, and peanut butter, depending on what I had in the house at the time)
½ to 1 TBS minced fresh ginger
4 tsp sesame oil
Salt and pepper, if desired
Crushed red pepper flakes, if you like heat.
Put into a jar and shake well. You are ready for the week. Shake well before using.
With a little preparation ahead of time, lunches are easy and healthy.
This grain bowl is a shot of awesome nutrition and will keep you full for hours!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Mary will give away a copy of her May Superromance, ALWAYS EMILY, to someone who answers this question today…what is your favorite vegetable?
Don’t miss this chance to read this story. Thanks, Mary, for sharing your story with us!