Cilantro, the Recipe Killa

Let it be known that I love cilantro.  I think it is bright, fresh, and sassy tasting, and I love the refreshing zip it adds when it’s included in salsa (especially Lonestar Texas Grill’s).

Let it also be known, that I fail at cooking with cilantro.  I once absolutely ruined my Mexican Lasagna with too much of it, and I almost did it again tonight with a Mexican quinoa stir fry.

As much as I like cilantro, too much of it is DISGUSTING.  It is basically all you can taste.  It overpowers everything else in the dish.

When I am cooking with it, I will add some, think it doesn’t look like enough, and add more.  It’s bad news.  I thought I learned my lesson the first time I did this… But ol’ Andy-pants has now banned me from adding cilantro to anything he is eating.

So picky.

Shmanyway, despite the cilantro incident, dinner ended up being quite yumtastic.  Thankfully, I was able to pick out most of the cilantro, and counteract the rest with a bit of lemon juice.  Phew.  Dinner saved.

I <3 Quinoa

This quinoa stir fry included onion, garlic, green pepper, corn, kidney beans, salsa, and cheddar cheese (and of course CILANTRO).  While I cooked the quinoa, I stir fried the onion and garlic for 5 minutes before adding the green pepper, corn, and kidney beans.

Colourfully Yummy

I then added the quinoa, 1 cup salsa, and 1 cup cheese to this mix (and the cilantro, but we’re leaving that out ;)), and stirred it all together.

Et voila.

Quinoa Goodness

And here’s the rest of my eats today if you’re interested (and why wouldn’t you be?)

Lunch:

Beastly Salad

A salad beast including romaine lettuce, baby spinach, grape tomatoes, shredded carrot, green onion, black beans, and cashews.  Surprisingly VERY filling and just what I needed after this cheesefest (literally)…

So Cheesy!

Now THAT is CHEESE.  Holy shmoly, that is cheese.  I decided I wasn’t feeling anything at home for breakfast this morning, so I just grabbed a banana and hit up Druxy’s as soon as I got to work for some grilled cheese action.  You choose your bread, cheese, and toppings, and I chose 12 grain bread, havarti cheese, and scrambled eggs.

I had NO idea it was going to be so cheese heavy.  Yowza.  Ah well, I cleaned my plate (or, waxed paper in this case).  It was ridiculously delicious.

Team Buy

A few months ago, TeamBuy (like Groupon, but Canadian) gave me some TeamBucks (like a gift card) to buy something on their site.  Usually gift cards burn a hole in my pocket, but this one I have been saving until I found something good that I actually wanted.  I didn’t want to spend it on something silly like $10 for $25 worth of pizza, you know.

Well I finally used most of it!  I bought a 10-class pass to a Boot Camp nearby, which I am starting tomorrow evening (wish me luck, I may die), and I used some of it today on this:

I am not a beauty expert AT ALL, but I think it’s a pretty good deal, so you guys may want to check that out!

Hope you all have a great night!

PS – I updated my Playlists page with some new beats!

PPS – Thanks for all your well wishes yesterday!  I am feeling allllll betta today!

Question of the evening:

  • Have you ever ruined a dish with too much of one ingredient?

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15 responses to “Cilantro, the Recipe Killa

  1. According to my boyfriend, I’m the queen of over-garlicking dishes. I can’t help it – I think I was Italian in a past life!

  2. Since I haven’t really cooked all that long I guess I haven’t really had a chance to ruin anything yet haha…but I’m sure it will come one day! Good luck at your boot camp class!! You will do great! 🙂

  3. Paperbag princess! Love it!

  4. Oh yes, I have done this with cilantro as a matter of fact! And cumin…too much!

  5. First time commenter and I love your blog. I’m not sure I’ve ever put too much of something in a dish, except maybe oversalting…which is also totally disgusting haha.

  6. Just thinking about cilantro kills a recipe for me, lol! I used to like it then used too much once and now i hate it with a burning burning passion 🙂
    That grilled cheese sandwich has me drooling and glad you are feeling better!!!!

  7. I too have a cilantro problem!! I love it, but I sometimes overuse it and it really does steal the show in any dish. I also have the same issue with onion. I made a quinoa fried rice one time and added so much onion that I couldn’t eat. Huge waste of food!

  8. THAT QUINOA RECIPE looks schmawesome

    (I used the “sch” cause you liked it so much throughout the post ;))

  9. Over salting, always over salting.

    I have this fabulous kosher salt that I only use on special occasions, but the granules are just so big and I am never convinced one pinch will be enough.

    One time when I was a kid, my dad was putting salt on his Kraft Dinner (that sentence now disgusts me in so many ways) and the salt shaker fell apart and the entire amount of salt fell onto his KD. He actually tried to scrape the salt off and eat it, but I think in the end it may have been even too disgusting for him.

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  11. I totally get what you are saying with cilantro. I love it and I’m sure I’ve overdone it on a recipie before. It can just make things so yummy when used right.
    Love Druxy’s grilled cheese sandwiches!