Some WIAW Action

Gird your loins my friends, it’s time for…

(and thank you to Peas & Crayons for being the brains behind this beautiful eating operation)

Not gonna lie, my eats were pretty stellar today.

First up!

Smoothie-Licious

Breakfast was a portable cup of delicious smoothie that included frozen strawberries, a frozen banana, fresh pineapple, and about a cup of almond milk (plus a little xanthan gum for thickening).

Portable Yumminess

I took this baby to-go, as I had a long car ride ahead.

Downtown Toronto

At least traffic was light!  I headed downtown to meet my coworker Liz, before carpooling to Brock University in St. Catharines.  We have a coaches conference coming up there in the spring so we were just doing a little site visit.

And that is where I scored my lunch.

Big Ol' Stir Fry

A giant chicken stir fry, and the cafeteria had one of those circular grills, so you pick out all your ingredients and they stir fry it in front of you.  Love those.  Why couldn’t my school have one of those?!

Our conference coordinator at the university treated us to lunch, which was a nice surprise.  She really knows the way to my heart and is currently in the running for my favourite person (in the conference coordinating category ;))

It may have been dinner that truly stole the show for me today though…

Quinoa Goodness

Protein-packed quinoa stirfry (I’ll put the recipe up at the end of this post).

I love quinoa more and more each time I eat it.  It has totally replaced rice for me, and it just has a good healthy taste.  With every bite I get the feeling that I am eating something that is so absolutely good for me, and I love it.  Of course it helps that it is tasty.

I Love You, Quinoa

Friends, if you are on the fence about trying quinoa because it has kind of a weird appearance, just buck up and do it.  You will not regret it.  It is fast becoming my favourite easy meal.

I am off to hit the pavement for a run (didn’t happen this morning, whoooops!)  I will see you cheeky minxes later!

Here is the recipe:

Protein-Packed Quinoa Stirfry

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 can any kind beans, rinsed (I used a bean medley that included chick peas, kidney beans and white beans)
  • 1 can green beans, rinsed (you could also use fresh, but I only had canned)
  • half a large red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup salsa

Directions

1. In a large skillet sprayed with cooking spray (I used olive oil spray, or you could just use a couple teaspoons of oil), add your gaaaahlic and onion.  Cook on low for about 6-8 minutes until translucent.

2. Add both cans of beans, stir, and continue to cook until the beans are warm.

Beannnnnnns

3. Add in the cooked quinoa, stir.

4. Add in the salsa, and stir it alllll together.

Annnnd, deliciousness is born 😉

Stay full, my friends 🙂

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20 responses to “Some WIAW Action

  1. Mmm I love the salsa idea!

    Have you had quinoa patties yet? (aka pretend burgers)

  2. stellar for sure- that smoothie is insane- love when they’re nice and thick like that! God and i’m always hungry for a stir-fry and yours looks fantastic!!! mm and BEANS = YUM YUM 🙂

    xoxo <3

  3. Is quinoa the sort of thing you can just throw anything into? I have always wanted to try it, but I’m not keen on beans. That smoothie looks delicious, I am definitely going to search around your blog for other smoothie recipes.

    Great job on the run too 🙂 How do you find eating and then running? Do you have to wait a while or are you best at running on an empty stomach first thing in the morning?

    This next question may sound a little strange, but how do you breath when you are running?? I know, I know it’s silly, but I have so much trouble with something so simple – I don’t think singing as I run helps. Any tips would be massively appreciated.

    • Actually YES! That is what I love about quinoa, it is so versatile! There is an amazing bean-less shrimp quinoa stir fry on my recipes page (under seafood), and I’ve made it with peppers as well (I included beans, but you could leave them out)

      I definitely cannot run right after eating. It makes me feel pretty gross… I need to wait at least two hours, and even then it’s not as good as first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

      When I first started running I thought you were supposed to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, so I would try that and always breathe in for two counts, and then out for two counts. But I find that just breathing through my mouth works better for me. I still breathe in and out for 2 counts each. Sometimes I make each breath kind of a double breath. Hard to explain…like a half breath for each count. I probably sound ridiculous to anyone I pass. I have no idea if that is proper running breathing technique, but it works for me!

      • Thanks a million Lindsey 🙂 I know what you mean about the double breath, I do that whenever I attempt some boxing moves. I thought the same thing with in the nose and out the mouth, but it always felt weird so I will definitely give your technique a go.

        Thanks again, you are a legend!

  4. You’ve got me craving a smoothie for breakfast tomorrow. Looks delish! Glad you had such a great day 🙂

  5. mmmmm you had me at quinoa stir fry! yes! save me a bowl! i’ll be over in… ahhh many many hours! =

    happy WIAW darling!

  6. Mmmm glad quinoa made it into the WIAW menu 🙂

    Also – I’m originally from Stoney Creek! I used to do dance performances in the Brock Uni Auditorium 🙂

  7. I’m always so jealous of everyone’s xantham gum and guar gum smoothies – so thick and lovely!

    That sitfry looks amazing!

  8. Every time I see a post about quinoa it always looks so delicious. But I’ve tried it twice and didn’t like it either time. I wonder if I’m just cooking it wrong. Mine is always really bitter tasting and I read that if you don’t wash it well enough it will be super bitter. How do you wash yours? I might have to give it another go!

    • I’ve heard that can happen but mine never seems to taste bitter! Make sure you soak it first, that might help. I always soak mine for 5 mins in hot water in a pot, and then drain, and then add the water to cook it.

  9. I’m definitely making that protein packed dish… I need waaaay more protein! Did you use the blue menu bean medley? I saw that one the other day.
    Toronto looks so cool! I haven’t been since I was so little 🙁 I want to go back!!

  10. hmm, that stir fry does look good… i’ve just found your blog. i think that my tummy is glad for this fact 😉

    pop by and say hello- the creator of such haute cuisine is welcome aaaaaany time! 😀 haha!

  11. The fact that you used the phrase “gird your loins” makes you one of my favorite bloggers. I love it!

  12. I LOVE your blog and WIAW

  13. I love quinoa and need to eat it more. Everytime we have it my husband and I bicker over it’s pronunciation. Funny stuff.
    I’m sad I missed the visit to Brock and Tara, oh, and lunch. They have great food!
    I think it is impossible to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth when running. I just breathe in through my mouth and out through my mouth. Obviously, try not to hyperventilate. I find when breathing gets tough, I take a few big, deep breaths to slow down my breathing and refocus myself. I find a lot of it is mental too with feeling like you can’t breathe.