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Choose your own adventure: Recipe Edition

Hungry?

Here’s a simple and nutritious Quinoa Salad that you can make.

Why do I eat so much Quinoa? Here’s a few reasons…

  • It cooks in under 20 minutes – great for when you’re crunched for time!
  • It’s a *complete protein – containing all of your essential amino acids
    *This is great news for Vegans/Vegetarians!
  • It takes on almost any flavour (spices, sauces, herbs)
  • It’s filling! You can eat a meal that contains Quinoa, and be satisfied for hours.
  • It doesn’t sit too heavy, so you can eat it before working out

My latest concoction.

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Recipe. (I kept it fairly vague so that you could throw together your own combination!!)

Step 1: Pick your GRAIN (preferably a whole-grain) – Today I chose QUINOA because it’s the super food of the year!

Step 2: Choose your veggies, chop them up – or grate them if you prefer! I chose Rapini (Leafy Green), a Yellow Bell Pepper, and Whole Carrots

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Step 3: Choose your spices! I sprinkled on some Garam Masala (an Indian blend of ground spices), Paprika and Tumeric (because it’s anti-inflammatory)

Step 4: Choose your “Add-Ins”. I chose to chop up some almonds and pumpkin seeds (for some essential fats and protein), chickpeas and white kidney beans (again, both protein sources), and some fresh cilantro because it’s my favourite (and it chelates heavy metals in your body – literally pulls them through your system, detoxifying your body).

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*Cilantro has many other uses in Integrative Medicine – some of which can be found here!

(You can research other herbs and their medicinal properties by Googling ‘Botanical Medicine’ – very fascinating!

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Aaaaand…. that’s it ! Eat up !


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Crazy Sexy Hummus!

Happy Hump-Day !

This week has FLOWN by for me. Between a quiz, a final exam, working, seminars and all that came in between – I managed to find little time to blog. With my lack of blogging though, came a nice long lost of future post ideas, so stay tuned for what’s to come!

Where to start…

On MONDAY – My Split Green Pea Hummus Recipe (click to check it out!!!) was posted on KrisCarr.com!

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I was beyond stoked about this, especially since this is actually a recipe that I really enjoy. Most people will traditionally make their hummus with chick peas, but what happens when you don’t have any of them on hand?

I figured lentils would do the trick (split green peas to be more specific), so I tried it and it was a success!

If you’re expecting that ‘chick-pea hummus’ flavour, you might be slightly disappointed – so don’t hold it to that standard! It’s a different texture but it tastes AH-mazing!

Let me know if you have a chance to try it out.

Also, I did some recipe experimenting with a friend last weekend…

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Using my Quinoa Revolution Cookbook that my sister gave me for Christmas!

This book has been wonderful so far, especially if you are a vegetarian looking for recipes that will give you an added source of protein (it’s a super food because it contains all 8 essential amino acids). Quinoa is amazing for that!

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This recipe was actually quite simple to make – maybe because we had to power of 2 people working away at it, but all in all it was quite basic.

There are no lasagna noodles either, just quinoa! Sure, it’s not a TRUE lasagna – but it’s definitely a healthy alternative, and believe me there was NO shortage of taste (I know because I’m eating the leftovers right now!)

It kind of fell apart in the photos…. oops!

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This recipe has been modified slightly from the original in the cookbook Quinoa Revolution

What You’ll Need.

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 cup of mushrooms
  • Garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of tomato sauce
  • 2 cups of cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup of parmasean
  • 2 Tbsp. Basil and Oregano
  • 1 chopped Zucchini
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach
  • 1 cup of mozzarella

Directions.

  1. Preheat oven to 350, spray a square casserole dish with cooking spray
  2. Cook quinoa according to directions, and spread at the bottom of the pan
  3. Saute onions, mushrooms, garlic and tomato sauce in a pan
  4. Combine cottage cheese, egg, Parmesan and herbs
  5. Spread 1/3rd of the tomato sauce over the quinoa, then layer ALL zucchini, then all of the cottage cheese mix, then 1/3rd of the tomato sauce mix, then the spinach, then the tomato sauce remainder, and finally the mozzarella on top!
  6. Bake for 35 minutes, until the cheese is  bubbling!

Good Luck!

You won’t be sorry if you try this, and you’ll have lunch leftovers for a couple of days (and who doesn’t love that!)

What’s your favourite way to eat quinoa?

Leave me a comment below, I love to hear from whoever is reading!


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Quinoa, for breakfast ?

My breakfasts are usually quick, simple, fruity and tasty. Those are really my only requirements.

I often don’t allot enough time to make myself something extravagant in the mornings, but this often leads me to not eating until late morning or sometimes even lunch (I know, I should know better – not healthy).

By making sure to have a nutrient and proteinpacked breakfast, you’re literally “BREAKING THE FAST”.

Your body has been in a sort of starvation mode while you sleep. Your poor liver has been maintain your blood sugar all night (somewhere around 12 hours) of not eating for me normally, so eating a healthy morning meal is a way for you to flick the switch on your liver from ‘giver’ to ‘receiver’  … make sense?

That, and many many mannyyyyy others reasons is why I decided to try something new for breakky today!

The recipe was an adapted version of one from this book that I got for Chirstmas…

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I never really thought to eat Quinoa for breakfast – but then I questioned myself, WHY NOT?

It’s a complete protein, is gluten-free, has plenty of vitamins and minerals, energizing, nutrient dense, quick to cook and delicious too! Wow!

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Cook your quinoa (takes about 13 minutes total)

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Add in your fruits of choice, vanilla extract, cinnamon + nutmeg (or if you’re like me, pumpkin pie spice), maple syrup

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I didn’t get a picture of the finished product – but there ya have it!

How do you like YOUR quinoa !? Leave me a comment!


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3 hour CYKL

What, the weekend is over already?

Back at it tomorrow! For some of you, it’s probably time to get back into routine because your holiday ends tonight…  I’ve eased back into it over the last week so I’m feeling good about conquering another Monday.

I’m finally feeling the hype of Christmas die off, and it’s a bit sad. No more Christmas movies and music, no more endless cookie supplies from my mom,  no more excuses to be lazy (not that I really needed one…)

Updates of my last couple of days… In no particular order

I managed to partake in a “3 Hour Ride” at CYKL today. Well, for me it was only 2 hours – but I still got a GREAT if not AMAZING workout in. I used to think, 3 hours – who is crazy enough to sign up for that? Well – there are a few keeners that’s for sure, and I now understand why. It’s a challenge, but totally doable as well – despite your first thought of YA RIGHT MY BUTT WOULD BE SO SORE!

Here we go… 3 hours, no problem!

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My workouts for this week (planning = doing, for me anyway)

  • Sunday:Take  Spin
  • Monday: Power walk with a friend + Abs (maybe)
  • Tuesday: Teach Spin
  • Wednesday: Take Spin
  • Thursday: Teach Spin
  • Friday: YOGA
  • Saturday: Rest

I really, really want to diversify my workouts – but between 2 jobs at spin studios – It’s only natural. Oh well, can’t complain!

Soup for Lunch – Quinoa, veggie, noddle soup !

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Dinner last night was out for my Grandmas 80th Birthday Party! Since we were at a steakhouse, naturally I decided to order steak

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But eating red meat after avoiding it for 3 months on and off didn’t prove to be THAT satisfying!

Sure, I’m not a vegetarian or vegan – but cutting back on animal products has made me less inclined to eat them on a daily basis. Especially, red meat… I can simply do without it. And by doing so, not only do I save money – but I save my digestive system from working for hours to break it all down once it’s inside.

I also don’t like the thought of the meat-packing industry, since I’ve looked into it quite a bit. If I had a million dollars, I’d only ever buy organic and free range animal products…

Anyways – that’s a side note!

 

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Woke up to get to work, spilled my water ALL over my carpet… OOPS

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Home from work now, sipping on some coffee.. Been craving it all day – and I’m satisfied at last…

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Here’s to hoping I’ll have lots of time to write some interesting blog posts this week! For now, I’ll do my best to keep you posted on the small things.

I’m off to cook some dinner, with the little food that I have. I need to hit the grocery store to get some PROTEIN though since I’m running low – lots of beans, legumes, nuts and seeds is what I’m going for.

Happy Sunday Funday. Leave me some feedback if you’re reading – you can comment below, with no hassle!

I’d love to hear from you. In the meantime, keep avoiding those Drive-Thru’s. Now that it’s Winter, get outside and enjoy the fresh and crisp air!