NaBloPoMo #12: "5 Things In My Fridge" + Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake Recipe

I have tons that I want to update you on, and I am so excited!!!  I’ll probably put all in another post, but first thing’s first.  
My writing prompt for the day is followed by an amazing recipe that turned out better than I imagined.  Melted cheese, garden fresh basil, tomatoes, and can’t forget the quinoa!  See below.

Today’s writing prompt:  Name five things inside your refrigerator right now and how you feel about them.
Hmm…let’s see.
Bell peppers – I love it!  This is a new craze for me.  My best friend got me to eat these.  I never liked them ever in my life.  Ever.  And now I can’t eat a sandwich wrap without them.  I’ll even eat them alone, dipping them in the red pepper hummus – is that like cannibalism? 

Red Pepper Hummus – I feel like I could eat this every day with carrots or the bell peppers above.  And I love putting this in my wraps.  I think I may have convinced D that this is a purchase out of necessity.  Delicious!  I should just learn to make it on my own.  I think I saved a recipe somewhere…

Jalapeno hot sauce – I’m sorry I bought this last year.  I got excited when I read that it came from a local farmer, but I don’t quite know what to do with it yet.  I think it was used twice, to my knowledge.  Most of you reading this would probably say to throw it in chili or something.  I am not sure…Hmph.

Bag of cheese – I made a sucker out of myself and bought these two humongous bags of cheese to use in the future (over a month’s span)  I try to shop once a month to restock completely, then only go for stuff that runs out or doesn’t last long (bread, bananas, beer, etc [haha] )  I thought “Why not make cheese purchases something that happens once a month?”  Sam’s Club got me, and I went with the two huge bags of both mozzarella and cheddar.  Eh, it seemed necessary.

Okay, so I’m really excited to share this recipe with you guys.  I found it on Pinterest, and I am now following her foodie blog.  Read on!

Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake


I apologize upfront for not having any pictures of the process in making this delicious side.  You should definitely visit this blog to get the full picture and recipe.  She did a wonderful job on photography for this dish.  And her food blog “Half Baked Harvest” is full of amazing recipes.
 I love easy recipes, and this is definitely easy!  I am proud to say that I made this recipe and it was a HIT!  Both kids and D liked it.  Anything that gets more than 5 bites is a success.  I had a minor setback, since I didn’t read the directions properly.  Use cooked quinoa!  But it turned out perfectly, even if I took a different route to get there.

This recipe called for basil and I was praying that I wouldn’t have to make a trip to Walmart.  Shocking news: it is November and I was able to pull off a ton of leaves from the basil plants in my garden.  I love basil!!!  I would have made pesto and divided it up for future use in sauces, but that’s because I didn’t know any other way of “preserving” the basil leaves.  That was until I pinned this on Pinterest.  I only used about 8 basil leaves in the quinoa bake, and M had picked a ton for me.  So I thought I’d try this method to preserve them in my freezer.  Bonus:  I used up the entire box of salt so there’s more room in my cabinets.  Haha, small victories.

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