Guys, I can’t wait to share about my lunch from yesterday with you all! After completing my very last final of winter term I was absolutely starving. I was tempted to just inhale a bagel from the dining hall, but I decided to restrain myself and instead let my creative culinary juices flow (ok, I did have some potato salad while I was at the dining hall, so sue me!). I picked up some fresh veggies from the salad bar and headed back to my house. I grabbed the leftover uncooked quinoa from when I made this and got to work. The result? An easy, healthy, and totally I’ll-never-eat-dining-hall-food-again delicious lunch that I am still dreaming about.
– 1 cup quinoa
– 2 cups broccoli, red and green bell peppers, and mushrooms
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 1/2 cup Kikkoman Stir-Fry sauce
Combine 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, set at a simmer and cover. While quinoa is cooking, heat olive oil in skillet. Add vegetables and stir-fry for about 3 minutes or until slightly browned in some places. Continue to check on quinoa, stirring occasionally. Return to vegetables. Add stir-fry sauce and mix well for about another minute. Remove skillet from heat. Quinoa should be just about ready now. Stir and make sure that there is no more water on the bottom of the pot — it should all be absorbed by the grains. Once the quinoa is ready, remove from pot and scoop into large mixing bowl. Add vegetables to bowl and combine with quinoa. Serve and enjoy!!
This was such a delicious lunch and I had such a great time making it (you should have smelled the house!). I could imagine adding grilled chicken or even some scrambled eggs to the mixture for an extra punch of added protein, but this simple meal was satisfying just the way it was! Please let me know if you try this recipe yourself, or if you come up with any creative twists on a scrumptious classic! And, as always, enjoy!!
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Who doesn’t love a good pancake? Such a sweet comfort food, but definitely not the epitome of a healthy breakfast. Luckily, the girls of Tone It Up have come to the rescue with amazing, delicious, and (best of all) super simple protein pancakes! I whipped up a batch for myself one morning last week after an early work out and before heading off to class. The recipe was so easy to follow and SO tasty! Treat yourself here:
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
– 1/4 cup egg whites
– 1 scoop protein powder (I used chocolate flavor — talk about taking amazing to the next level!)
– 1/2 banana
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1/2 tbsp almond milk
Mash banana in a small bowl. Stir in almond milk and mix in remaining ingredients. Coat small pan with cooking spray and set over medium heat. Pour batter into pan (about half works well) and cook until you see bubbles rising. Flip pancake and cook all the way through on the other side. Serve with fruit (or plain!) and enjoy!!
(Thank you to Karena and Katrina of Tone It Up for this delicious recipe!!)
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