• Ham & Cheese Biscuits

    These soft, cheesy biscuits are best fresh out of the oven but they are also a great option for a quick breakfast or lunch!  The whole family will love these and they are great for braces-wearers!

  • Homemade Hummus

    Make this delicious hummus even more perfect for braces by dipping soft pita bread and soft veggies like cucumbers, tomatoes and pitted olives instead of chips or hard veggies. Continue reading

  • Baked Blueberry Banana Pancakes

    Pancakes might be the greatest breakfast food in the world.  And their light, fluffy goodness is perfect for those with braces! This recipe is delicious and honestly a bit easier than traditional pancakes because they are baked.  Continue reading

  • Greek Pasta Toss

    We know that a leafy salad can sometimes get stuck in your braces.  Think of this as a Greek salad that became a delicious, easy-to-eat pasta! Continue reading

  • Pesto Caprese

    A delicious pesto over tomatoes and soft cheese! This recipe is especially great for braces-wearers! Continue reading

  • Corn Off the Cob

    Eating traditional corn on the cob is definitely something that patient’s with braces miss out on. This delicious substitution has the same taste as the original and keeps your braces safe! Continue reading

  • Slow Cooker Breakfast Burritos

    Who doesn’t love breakfast burritos! This is a favorite because you just put in all in a slow cooker, so easy! Easy on the braces too! Continue reading

  • Horseradish Deviled Eggs

    Deviled eggs are a braces-friendly dish that everyone just seems to love and the horseradish in this recipe really gives it an extra kick! Enjoy as a braces-friendly appetizer or anytime! Continue reading

  • The Power Smoothie

    Smoothies are simple, delicious and pretty much always safe for braces.  It also allows you to sneak in some healthy stuff you (or your child) might not otherwise get – in this case: spinach & chia seeds.  Enjoy! Continue reading

Quinoa & Roasted Veggies

A delicious braces-friendly meal that is gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan!  This one is a favorite in our family and so easy to make.  Lots of veggies and added protein from the quinoa!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ears corn (or 2 cups frozen corn or 1 can corn)
  • 2 chopped bell peppers (yellow, orange, or red)
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1 chopped avocado
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Directions

Place quinoa in a fine-mesh strainer; rinse well under cold water.  Transfer to medium saucepan; add 2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15-18 minutes or until water is absorbed and quinoa is tender.

Meanwhile, cut kernels off 4 ears corn.  Heat 1/4 cup olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.  Add corn and chopped bell peppers. Cook 10-12 minutes until tender and light brown, stirring occasionally.  Add quinoa and gently stir in tomatoes, avocado, and black beans.

Combine lime juice, sugar, cumin, and black pepper in a small bowl.  Whisk in remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil until blended.  Pour over quinoa mixture, toss lightly to coat.  Sprinkle with cilantro.  Serve warm or chilled.

Enjoy!

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