Thursday, October 3, 2013

Quinoa and Vegetable Stew + Mail Organization

It's my Friday - Yay!

Did everything I could to focus on work and get as much organized as possible so I can enjoy the long weekend with my peeps.   Sent a recap note out to my CEO and President with the status of things so am waiting to see if there is any final commentary before I log off.....although in reality I never really truly log off.

Did the usual routine - got home and we put the kids in the bath and I am helping the big boy with homework now.

I put in the slow cooker Quinoa and Vegetable Stew.  Two thumbs up from my husband and the baby.
I thought it was mediocre and the big boys gave it thumbs down, but we got them to shovel in a few spoons.

Quinoa Vegetable Stew
Slow Cooker Revolution 2

1 pound red potato, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup chopped onions
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon chili powder
6 cups vegetable broth
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
salt  and pepper
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup frozen corn
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
Avocado for garnish

Microwave potatoes, onion, oil, garlic, and chili powder in bowl, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes (I am anti-microwaves and don't have one, so did this in a pan).
Transfer to slow cooker.
Stir in broth, tomatoes, and 1/2 tsp salt (I didn't add salt).
Cover and cook until flavors meld and potatoes are tender, 4 to 5 hours on low.
Transfer 2 cups potato-tomato mixture to bowl and mash with potato masher until mostly smooth.
Stir quinoa and mashed potato-tomato mixture into stew, cover and cook on high until quinoa is tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
Stir in peas and corn and let sit until heated through, about 5 minutes.
Stir in cilantro (I didn't) and garnish with chopped avocado if desired.

Getting the house in order now for the night.  My big boy has 1/2 day of school tomorrow, so we decided to do a quick overnight to Pennsylvania.  We went for a night back in June and loved it so much.

It's an easy drive and the area this time of year with the leaves will make for beautiful scenery.
Our plan is to leave around noon, have a sandwich in the car and we should get there 1:30/2 and go to a farm that was listed in Sports Illustrated Kids as a "25 cool things to do".   We'll have a quick bite to eat after for dinner and then relax at the hotel and maybe go for a swim in the indoor pool.  The next day after breakfast we'll go to a small, adorable little amusement park.  We'll head back around dinner time.  
We're all so excited!

Get It Done Tip: As part of my night time clean up routine I always go through the day's mail and immediately toss everything I don't need.  The only bill we get is for the mortgage, which happened to come today.  I'll put the check in and toss it in the mail tomorrow.  Any catalogs I am interested in flipping through go right in my work bag, along with magazines for the train ride.  Everything else gets tossed.


Hope everyone has a great Friday!

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