I’ve always been told baking is a science. You’re not supposed to throw together ingredients like in cooking, but for some reason, I insist on rebelling because hello, recipes are boring….
My two favorite ways to eat quinoa are either paired with cheese or peanut butter/nuts. (The two best ingredients, am I right?)
For this dish, I used my cheesy quinoa from the night before and added more cheese (a spicey pepper jack- no such think as too much cheese) frozen spinach, and more red pepper flakes.
No lie, I had this meal for breakfast yesterday. I was craving vegetables so I added frozen mixed veggies and peanut Thai sauce to my coconut breakfast quinoa. Savory!
Cheese and peanut butter, although not together, are my two favorite ways to flavor foods. All day, everyday!
What are your favorite flavorings?
Have a great Wednesday!
How’s your Tuesday?
I woke up pretty hungry this morning but I was determined to get to yoga before breakfast. I may have been planning this breakfast during shavasana. I’ve actually noticed that my mind is a lot harder to calm in the morning than later in the day. Maybe that’s a sign that I’m meant to be a morning person. 😀
I’ve been trying to eat more clean recently. It’s a lot easier when your parents load you up with lots of veggies to take home!
This is one of my new favorite salads. (How often do I say that?) I used spinach, mixed lettuce greens, and broccoli slaw as the base. I then added black beans sprinkled with garlic salt, heart of palm, a little salsa, and tomatoes and peppers on the outskirts. I topped the fiesta with my Mom’s homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette (so good!) and roasted Brussels sprouts. This salad, with a handful of peanuts before dinner on the side, really held my appetite. I don’t know who started the rumor that salads aren’t filling but I beg to differ.
Speaking of peanuts, happy Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! I just perused this Buzzfeed article and am officially craving PB&J
desserts, sandwiches, smoothies everything. Chocolate PB&J cups? Sign me up!
What’s your favorite way to eat peanut butter and jelly?
I was in a cooking kind of mood yesterday evening. For dinner, I made a Mexican infused version of a taco salad. First, I made Vegan Angela’s healthy hidden broccoli guacamole. (She’s got some great recipes to check out!)
Next, I made a taco salad for dinner in a new way.
Okay so this meal has a faint resemblance to nachos but then again, all the ingredients match up with a taco salad too. Or as comedian Jim Gaffigan says, Mexican food’s great but it’s essentially all the same ingredients – tortilla with cheese, meat, and vegetables.
I picked this cookie up at the grocery store last week and it was pretty good albeit not great. It was very intense so I only ate half (say what?). I topped it with rainbow sprinkles and popped it in the microwave to enjoy. I then spent the rest of the evening watching Mad Men and doing laundry.
This morning I woke up feeling a little tired and decided to let myself sleep in until 7:20. The cooking bug was still rocking so I made some homemade peanut butter. (I hope my neighbors didn’t wake up to the food processor!)
I was conveniently out of peanut butter so I added my homemade version to the jar. I used coconut milk instead of canola oil and found the milk to be a little too sweet. Next time, I’ll stick to my first homemade peanut butter recipe.
This evening, I hope to hit the gym before meeting one of my friends for dinner. I’ll leave you with this motivating article that I read last night in pursuit of strengthening my mind and will power, “How to be great, Part 2: Strengthen the Mind.”
Keep on keepin’ on! 🙂
So last night I got cookin’ in the kitchen. After seeing Abby’s post a few days ago about making homemade peanut butter, I decided to give it a try!
It was so easy. I had extra peanuts that I wanted to use so I tried to make Lara Balls with raisins instead of dates.
I would definitely recommend sticking with the dates because the raisin consistency didn’t work as well. Next, I made some soup.
Finally, I decided to get my life together even more and make breakfast for the next 2 days.
This morning’s breakfast came together so easily. Almost too easy because I ate right when I woke up and skipped working out.
After eating, I got back in bed (with my pillows propped up so I didn’t fall back asleep of course) and read. It was so nice. I don’t remember the last time I had a leisurely morning. I’ll have to do this more often. 😀
Have a great Thursday!
What’s your favorite thing you’ve learned or made since joining the blog world?
This morning I decided to try the grain-free pancakes again. I added 1/4 cup of pumpkin puree this time using this recipe, hoping to fluff the cakes up a bit. No bananas were called for in this recipe but I added a half of one to add some potassium.
I like these pancakes but I still need to play around with the ingredient ratios. Also, I think almond flour would be a good thing to add in to give the cakes a more carby flavor.
I really like these pancakes although they definitely have an acquired taste.
I only used half the batter so I’ll probably make some of these again for breakfast tomorrow. I actually started thinking and getting excited about these cakes early this morning while I was exercising on the bike. Sometimes if I need a little inspiration to get through a workout, I’ll whip out my phone and get on Pinterest. It’s great for when I want a new weight workout too or just need to be reminded why I’m in the gym and not sleeping. 🙂
Here’s a post that my Dad recently sent me full of mobile apps that help keep you fit.
What inspires you through workouts? Do you use any fitness apps or other exercise tracking tools?
Cheers to the weekend! I’m currently eating my lunch that I threw together this morning.
I’ve been eating a lot of salads this week and the trick is dressing them up with different ingredients. I added a fried egg, shrimp, grape tomatoes, and goat cheese to this. Since I’m out of salsa, I added Teriyaki sauce to give it an Asian tang.
I woke up early this morning and completed a mere 20 minutes on the elliptical before calling it a day to go eat. I woke up really hungry this morning so it was everything I could do to not head straight to the kitchen and forgo the workout. I’m currently out of oatmeal and wasn’t really feeling eggs for breakfast this morning, so I grabbed my peanut butter and plantain chips.
Not the ideal breakfast but it was good enough!
And now the challenge of the
Girl scout cookies! These guys have made several appearances in the office this week. Of course, I had to buy some to support
my obsession with cookies the Scouts. Well, so far, I’ve had 3 cookies this week. I think that’s because we’ve had 2 boxes in the office and no one wants to be that co-worker that gets 5! (Now, in my own apartment, on my own time…)
I haven’t opened my 2 boxes that I bought, but when I do, it won’t be pretty! My Mom and I once ate 2 whole boxes of Samoas. (Sorry for outing you Motha!) Anyways, maybe I’ll open them this weekend with friends. 😀
What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie?
My favs are Samoas (Caramel Delights) and Tagalongs (Peanut Butter Patties) Yum!
Have a great weekend and enjoy the Super Bowl! Who’s playing again? Just kidding! 😉