Thursday, May 29, 2014

"Happy New Year"...

Wednesday Recap:

9:00am:  Breakfast- Leftover Cinnamon Quinoa Bake
Even though Sunday is our usual GO ALL OUT breakfast treat of the week, I had whipped up this healthier fare this weekend given that I knew chicken & waffles was in our immediate futureJ  Cinnamon scented custard is the base for this quinoa breakfast which, after a bite to get used to the 'unique' texture, made for a yummy & healthy treat.  Leftovers were easily heated up for 1 minute in the microwave and make for a great 'grab & go' breakfast.  Oh...and I topped both servings with a little almond butter to make it even MORE filling.

Morning Workout:  Power Yoga
The workout room was HOTTTTT before we even STARTED.  Toss in a bunch of torturous power moves (including the dastardly 'up up down down pushups'...GRRRR!) and you had the makings for working out in a sauna!  Sweat = POURING.  It was a hot one, folks!

12:30pm:  Lunch- Coconut Cherry Smoothie in a bowl

Hot class = COOOOOOOOL lunch needed!  This one fit the bill with:
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 7-8 frozen cherries
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • Chobani coconut Greek Yogurt

Whirled up, poured in a bowl & topped with a sprinkle of coconut chips, coconut butter & Go Lean crunch made for a coooooooool & creamy lunch.  
I was JUST about to toss some spinach in there, but didn't want to loose that pretty PINKJ

2:00pm:  Snack- TOAST with butter & flax seed
I had been craving toast for a few days and it was finally time to GIVE INJ  1 slice and I was satisfied for the rest of the afternoon.

5:00pm:  Dinner- Mexican Quinoa with Guacamole
This may just be the EASIEST 'healthy' dish I've ever made, or at least it's right up there.  And it was an absolute HIT all around!  (based on THIS RECIPE!)

All you need to do is:

1.- Toast up 1 sliced onion & 2 minced garlic cloves for a few minutes in a pan drizzled with olive oil.
2.- Add:
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup RINSED quinoa
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 can rinsed & drained black beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • (I also added 1/2 bag of roasted peppers & onions since I had them in the freezer)
3.- Bring to a boil before covering & simmering 25 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.

SERIOUSLY, how easy is that????  That's what I call ONE POT MAGIC!!! 

Once the quinoa is cooked, the fun can begin in the form of TOPPINGS!  I started with 1 cup Mexican quinoa topped with diced cilantro, diced green onions & a squeeze of lime juice... 

...followed by 
  • guacamole (1 avocado mashed with salt and some lime & cilanto)
  • salsa
  • sour cream
  • a sprinkle of reduced fat Mexican cheese
  • a few tortilla crunchies for good measure J

Absolutely outstanding and the short cook time makes it a 'No excuse healthy weeknight dinner.'  Seriously, give this one a try if you're trying to eat better or cooking up quinoa for the first time.  You'll be both amazed how quickly it comes together AND how delicious 'health food' can beJ 

A definite hit ALL aroundJ 

Evening Workout:  Body Jam
My beloved Body Jam 64 did NOT disappoint last night.  My energy level was OFF. THE. CHARTS since I was SO EXCITED to DANCE this one outJ

8:00pm:  Dessert- Mini pudding piesJ 
This time made with a mint chocolate pudding cup and a squeeze of light whipped cream...swoon!  Just too cuteJ

And in full disclosure of my morning so far:  

My breakfast prep descended into THIS:

Which lead to me keeping Katie busy for a little while:

Although that little plan of clean up has now lead to tossing the oats like confetti and screaming "Happy New Year," followed by making 'snow angels' in the oats all while I type this postJ
#Disaster  #MemoriesJ

Alright...well, I better get to actually cleaning up these oats that have now spread far & wide throughout my kitchenJ  Have a great ThursdayJ

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