Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wednesday: BBQ Salmon Steaks, Smoky Pineapple Rings with Chickpea -Red Pepper Aioli

As we are in the heat of the summer here in the Sacramento Valley, I've been using my BBQ exclusively or eating cold items like salads, etc.  Our kitchen heats up so quickly and you will have a sweaty cook (ie. ME) running around throwing ice cubes down her shirt to stay cool. Not a pretty sight...let me tell you!
This was the first time tasting BBQ pineapple rings. YUM! Apparently, you can pretty much cooking ANYTHING on the BBQ that you would normally do on the stove top. I will have to try grilled peaches next time since they are in season right now. Super YUM!    
There really was minimum ingredients on most of the items, except for the chickpea side dish. Just salt and pepper the salmon steaks, place on grill until done to your liking. Cut fresh pineapple into rings, and place on BBQ until you can see the sear marks on them. Cook the asparagus anyway you like. 
The Chickpea Red-Pepper Aioli side dish is another fun recipe from my father-in-law Pat. Whether you use soybeans or quinoa in the recipe, they are both a complete-protein. Read more about complete proteins below.

Chickpea with Red Pepper Aioli Recipe
Serves: 4 Prep: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes 

1 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
3-5 cloves garlic, minced
1 TB fresh ginger, grated
salt and pepper to taste
1/8 tsp Chipotle chili powder (may replace with regular chili powder)  
1 (15 oz) can of chickpeas
1 (15 oz) can of black beans
2 ears corn, grilled
1/2 cup quinoa or soy beans
2 Red Bell Peppers, roasted on BBQ

1. Puree mayonnaise to roasted red bell peppers until smooth in a food processor. Set aside in a large bowl.
2. Rinse quinoa in a mesh, metal colander, and place in small pan. Add 1 cup of water, bring to boil and let simmer for 15 minutes. Once water has evaporated, add Quinoa to large bowl with mayo mixture. Add all the other vegetables and beans. Mix well. Serve warm or cold. 


Plan and Prep Ahead 

Here are some helpful techniques to make life a little easier once dinner time hits. These tips will especially help those that work full-time and don't have a lot of time to prepare dinner. 

~Make chickpea salad ahead of time. Serve cold with meal or reheat.


Who likes to CHANGE IT UP? 

~Try white beans instead of chickpeas.
~Use kidney bean instead of black.
~To change the color, add yellow or orange roasted bell pepper instead of red.


Complete Proteins

Also known as high quality proteins, they contain all the essential amino acids needed. Proteins arrived from animal foods (like meats, fish, poultry, cheese, eggs, yogurt and milk) are all complete proteins. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, some plant complete proteins include soy, spirulina, hemp seed, amaranth, buckwheat and quinoa. 

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