Thursday, April 18, 2013

Quinoa with Pork, Parsley & Bell Peppers + A Gourmet Garden Giveaway!


In celebration of surpassing 2,000 Facebook fans, let's have an awesome giveaway, shall we?!

I recently met Mary from Gourmet Garden at FoodBlogSouth 2013 back in January.  They were sponsoring the conference, and I got to taste samples of their goodies.  I love the convenience of their products, because I'm not always able to have a big selection of fresh herbs hanging out in my fridge.  That's where Gourmet Garden really comes in handy.  

Their herbs are organically grown, and then washed, chopped, blended, and packed into handy little tubes for everyday use.  They also last months in the fridge, which is another big plus for me.  Some of their varieties include Parsley, Cilantro, Chili Pepper, Basil, Garlic and even Lemon Grass!

Last night, I whipped up their recipe for Quinoa with Parsley & Bell Peppers.  I added some diced, leftover roasted pork loin from the night before, taking it from a simple side dish to a full meal.  This dish was a healthy and easy weeknight recipe, packed with yummy flavors.  In my book, that's a winner!

 First up, here's the recipe (keep scrolling for GIVEAWAY details!):



 
Quinoa with Pork, Parsley & Bell Peppers
Adapted from:  Gourmet Garden

Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa
1/2 cup wild rice
1 Tbsp olive oil
8 oz. mushrooms, diced
1/2 cup diced green onions
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 small yellow bell pepper, diced
1 tsp Gourmet Garden Parsley
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Gourmet Garden Chili Pepper 
2 cups diced, roasted pork loin (see note below)

Directions:
Rinse quinoa.  In a large skillet, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.  Add the quinoa, stir, reduce heat to low and cover.  Continue to  simmer, about 15 min.   

Ina  medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to boil.  Add the rice and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until done, about 40 min.  Drain, if necessary.


In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, green onions, bell peppers, parsley, and chili. Cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Add quinoa and rice.  Stir.  Serve warm.

Note:  I added about 2 cups of diced, leftover roasted pork loin to this dish, which made it a full meal!  Leftover chicken would also be great.

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Now, to the fun part...the GIVEAWAY!   

This giveaway is for a small cooler FULL of Gourmet Garden herbs and spices:


How to  Enter:
Simply leave a comment on this post, which answers the following question:

What is your favorite herb or spice to cook with?

Also, for extra chances to win, simply do the following and leave SEPARATE additional comments letting me know that you did:

The Rules:
  • Entries must be submitted by midnight (CST time) on Tuesday, April 30th
  • A winner will be picked at random (using random.org) and will be announced on Wednesday, May 1st.
  • Please make sure you include your name and email address so that I will have a way to contact you if you win...especially if you leave a comment using the "Anonymous" option.
  • At this time, the contest is open to US residents only.
Good Luck, and THANKS for stopping by!  :)

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74 comments:

Leslie W said...

I love using garlic! It's so good and can be used in so many dishes :)
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Jack Quick said...

Sage - its not just for dressing anymore. Try blackberry sage tea to see what I mean.

Elisabeth Jones said...

I love cooking with garlic and oregano!!!

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rachel said...

I use garlic and ginger nearly every day!

It Isn't "Just Food"! said...

I love to cook with the Chili Paste! Sometimes I have peppers on hand, but when I don't, I always have this so that I can put some spice in my dishes!

FireRunner2379 said...

I make alot of Italian food and use plenty of fresh basil.
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Tammy Northrup said...

Our favorite spice to use is cayenne pepper. we like our food spicy.

Susan C said...

Garlic, but closely followed by Cilantro

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Stephanie said...

Cilantro. I love the fresh taste it gives.

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Leann said...

One of my favorites is cumin. chefl@swbell.net

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Anonymous said...

I love cooking with Ginger since I make a lot of Asian dishes. I'm also, following you on Pinterest. yardlca@aol.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite herb to cook with is basil. I like to use fresh basil from my garden when in season. I make a fab recipe: chicken in basil cream sauce .
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Meryl said...

I love smoked paprika!

Lou said...

Chili powder and smoked black pepper.

Recie said...

Definitely garlic and basil

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JennyG said...

I love cooking with Cilantro. It's a new found favorite!

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Becky said...

Rosemary and Basil are my two most favorite.

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jackie-tn said...

Love cooking with garlic!

Anonymous said...

I love cooking with garlic! It always spices up a dish!

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Anonymous said...

i love to use garlic it flavors your dishes.

Amy said...

Basil is my absolute favorite!`

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Kerri said...

I am a sucker for Italian Seasoning mix because I am an Italian girl and nothing beats it!

Anonymous said...

My favorite spice to cook with is smoked paprika. It adds so much flavor.
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Deborah said...

One of my favorite herbs is bay leaf. It's so aromatic and it just seems to boost the flavor of whatever dish it's added to. Rats, bad grammar to end a sentance with to. Twice. ;)

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Tina said...

I use garlic in EVERYTHING! It's so yummy. I followed you on FB as Ambelleina Warwillow, same for GG's Facebook page and followed your board on Pinterest as Ambelleina. Fingers crossed, I'd LOOOVE this! :)

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Anonymous said...

My Favorite spice to cook with is garlic!!
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Barb Beliveau said...

I'm a big fan of ground mustard and like to add a touch to cheese dishes. As for herbs, where to start, they are all so wonderful and especially when combined. Oregano and basil are probably my favs. Thanks for the great recipes!

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i love to cook with curry powder

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