Good evening everyone!
I hope you’re having a relaxing Sunday 🙂
Work was crrrazzy busy today, and I couldn’t wait to get home and relax, especially because today was my day off from the gym!
At work, I munched on another new raw food bar: flavor? Coconut acai!
These raw food granola bars are SO GOOD, and are slowly becoming my new favorites. I just might order some RAW REVOLUTION ones once I get paid!
I met up with my friend after work (the same one that joined me for brunch dinner yesterday), and we headed out to the usual, Starbucks, for a quick pick-me-up. Trying to keep my coffee intake low, I opted for a tall green tea latte, which is made with Matcha green tea powder and is actually a little bit good for you. (I asked for less syrup so it wasn’t so sweet).
We got to the grocery store, and then once back to the apartment I heated up a mug and put my latte in there…it’s just so much better out of a real mug 🙂
We headed to the grocery store for some veggies because I decided to conquer my first batch of quinoa (considering I had the whole afternoon to relax)!
I’ve never had the stuff, but it’s gluten free and a great source of protein and fiber so I figured I’d give it a try. So, here’s how I made it:
- Rinsed the quinoa (1.5 cups) in cold water for 10 minutes, rinsed, and added back in 2.25 cups of water (found this recipe here, and changed it up with ingredients)
- Then I brought the mixture to a boil and brought it down to a simmer for 15 minutes or so.
- While it was simmering, I chopped up some black olives, artichoke hearts (from can, rinsed), flat leaf parsley, orange pepper, some carrot, and a tomato.
- Once the quinoa was done (you can tell because all of the water is completely soaked up), I put it in a large bowl and let it cool for a few minutes. Then, I added in the chopped veggies and parsley, some garlic powder, salt, pepper and mixed it up. To season further, I added a ‘dressing’ as shown on the website of a little lemon juice, some more EVOO, sea salt and pepper. Mixed again. This is the final product!
I put the bowl in the fridge for fifteen minutes or so to let it cool while I made my first attempt at grilling chicken on the George Foreman…
After googling it a little and figuring out that it takes about 4-6 minutes per breast to cook all the way through, I mixed some EVOO, garlic powder, Spike Seasoning, sea salt, and pepper on a small plate. Then I drenched each side of the chicken breast in the seasonings and rubbed them in a little, stuck the chicken breast on the George for about 6 minutes and BAM! Delicious, seasoned, juicy grilled chicken.
My friend and I split the chicken breast, had a little quinoa salad, and I opted for some extra veggies in a little mesclun/spinach mix salad too:
Afterwards, I treated myself to a few of those mini dark chocolate bars (pictured yesterday) dipped in a little almond butter! YUM YUM YUM. When I first tried almond butter I thought I was going to hate it, but it has slowly grown into a love situation. I had to stop myself from eating a billion more 🙂
That’s all for now…look forward to a post on homemade acorn squash soup tomorrow or the next day, and maybe even a homemade (and easy) whole wheat pasta recipe! (I have a couple days off, and some time to kill).
Off to watch the Pro Bowl, X Games and the Grammys (at the same time?) with some friends 🙂