Recipe Monday

Mexican Quinoa

I love love LOVE this versatile dish, adapted ever so slightly from Annie’s Eats. It’s hearty, but not heavy and super tasty. It’s good warm or cold as a salad. It makes a good topping for a burger if you’re going bun-less too.

Yummy in my tummy

Yummy in my tummy

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) chicken broth
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chili peppers, with juice
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • Juice from half a lime

Directions:

  • Add oil to a medium saucepan and heat over medium high heat. Add garlic and jalapenos and saute for a minute or two.
  • Add quinoa, chicken broth, black beans, tomatoes and corn and bring to a boil. Simmer covered for about a half hour until liquid is absorbed. I took the lid off for the last five minutes and stirred it every once in a while.
  • Add cilantro, lime juice and salt. Enjoy!

Quick-glance nutrition information (from myfitnesspal app)

Servings: 5 (1 cup each) | Calories: 262 | Fat: 4.8 grams | Carbs: 46.9 grams | Protein: 12.5 grams

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Recipe Monday

Healthy Bowl Recipes

I came across this Fitness Magazine article while browsing Pinterest and was instantly intrigued. Healthy Bowl Recipes for dinner.  That sounds really easy and actually kind of fun! I think they know just how to hook you because I probably wouldn’t have been as excited if everything was neatly portioned out on a plate. But mixed together in a bowl? Now that caught my interest.

I’ve been craving steak and Mexican, so I thought I’d do some Mexican Steak Fajita Bowls! Other than accidentally overcooking my steak, they came out really good.

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Here’s what I put in each bowl:

  • Steak (obviously)
  • Quinoa
  • Black beans doctored up with some spices
  • A little bit of corn (it was in the freezer and I love it)
  • Sauteed onions and peppers
  • A fresh salsa made from chopped tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice and a little salt

It was something easy and different. And you can customize them based on what you’re craving or your eating style. And all the protein in this kept my full for a while!

Have you tried anything like this yourself? What other combinations are good?

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