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So, this recipe is loosely based on a Charlie Trotter. The sauce is his, and the overall flavor concept is his, but I added some of my own touches and served the quinoa mixture in lettuce cups. Honestly, I think he’d prefer that I use his recipe for inspiration rather┬áthan to have me follow it to the teaspoon.

First thing I did was make the apricot-curry sauce. I took 3/4 teaspoon of curry powder, 1/4 cup of rice vinegar, 3/4 cup dried apricots, and 1/2 cup of water and blended it all together in my small food processor until all of the little apricot chunks were hacked up to a pulp.

Then I strained it while pressing it through with the back of a wooden spoon. I covered it in plastic and put in the fridge while I cooked everything else.

For the quinoa I used a handful of fresh chopped parsley, some red leaf lettuce leaves, 1 clove of garlic minced, 1/2 inch of ginger minced, 5 green onions chopped, 1/2 red bell pepper diced, a handful of dried apricots diced, 1/2 cup of quinoa rinsed, and 1/2 lb of skinless boneless chicken thighs chopped up.

In a hot pot I poured in about 2 tablespoons of canola oil and added the garlic and ginger. I let them sizzle for about 30 seconds and then added the bell pepper and green onions. After about 5 minutes I added the quinoa and let it sort of toast in the hot oil for a few minutes. This brings out its nutty flavors.

Then I added the chicken and let it just start to cook. I poured in about 1 cup of water, seasoned with a little salt and pepper, let it come to a boil, covered the pot, turned the heat to med-low, and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Then, I turned off the heat but kept it covered for another 15 minutes. After that I took off the lid, added the parsley, and fluffed it up with a fork. I tasted for seasoning and that’s about all there was to it.

To serve, I simply laid some of the lettuce leaves down, spooned on some of the quinoa, then topped with the curry sauce.

I served some white rice and miso soup along side.

For this miso soup I used miso, 3 shiitake sliced, 3 green onions sliced, 1 block of fried tofu diced, and some wakame. I used my typical miso soup making method.

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My wife and I went camping at Starved Rock a couple of weeks ago. Unsure of the grill situation at the campsite we decided to bring our little propane burner. While they had a grill, I’m glad we brought the burner so we could use the grill as a campfire and keep the flames high as it got pretty cold at night. I’m also glad we brought the fixins to make some Soba Noodle Soup to keep us warm and replenish ourselves after a full day of hiking.

Before we left I had cut up some onions, carrots, mushrooms, and cabbage. We also brought some fried tofu, a delicious addition to almost any soup. So, when we got back to the campsite to make dinner, I got the fire going while Yuki started the soup.

She boiled the water with the veggies so that we didn’t need to add any oil. Once the veggies were tender she put the noodles in and then the tofu. That ‘s all there was to it. The only thing we would have done different at home would be to boil the noodles seperately to keep the soup from being starchy. It was a little starchy, but tasted great and was extremely healthy. It also wasn’t too heavy so we were able to sleep comfortably afterwords (although not as comfortable as our tempurpedic at home).

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Go camping, and eat healthy!

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