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Spicy Mexican Pasta Salad

Give me some spice tonight! This morning was a hectic one. I practically ran out the door, coffee in hand. Grabbed some Pita Pit for lunch…yummy. And raced home in hopes I could get some additional stuff done. Looks like there’s just not enough hours in the day…

But for dinner! I decided to really turn up the heat with this spicy Mexican Pasta Salad. I automatically knew that I wanted to do a pasta dish, but when I started, had no idea I would cook this delectable guy up.

 

 

Ingredients:

2 Cups Whole Wheat Penne Pasta 3/4 Cup Frozen Corn
1/2 Cup Non-Fat Greek Yogurt 1/3 Cup Hot Chucnky Salsa
3/4 Cup Black Beans, drained 1 Medium Tomato

Directions:

1. Boil the pasta and when it is about cooked, add in the frozen corn, stirring occasionally. While the pasta is cooking, in a small bowl, mix the greek yogurt and the salsa.

 

2. When the pasta is cooked, mix the pasta, chopped tomato, corn and black beans in a medium sized bowl. Top with the dressing.

 

 

And you are done! It’s really that easy! Some other topping that you can consider putting into the pasta mix as well:

1/2 Cup Cubed or Shredded Cheddar Cheese 1 Chopped Zucchini
1 Tablespoon Lime Juice 1 Tablespoon Cilantro
1 Medium Chopped Green Pepper 1 Medium Chopped Red Pepper

 

Let your mind go wild, or just throw in what you have sitting in your fridge. If you aren’t a huge fan of spicy foods, substitute a mild or medium chunky salsa instead. I love spicy foods, so hot salsa it was. The pictures don’t do the pasta much justice. Pasta with a cream sauce is really difficult to make pretty!

This meal will probably take you about 20 minutes to make, and you can get a good 4 servings out of it. Definitely enough for some leftovers for me.

I didn’t end up getting my butt to the gym this morning and my knee is feeling a bit off today…so I did a quick elliptical workout. It really made the time go by fast.

To break it down…It’s 30 seconds for the resting steps at resistance 8 and 10. Then 1 full minute for the high anaerobic resistance at 14.

Now for some tea, and a but more computer work….MER.

What’s your favorite type of pasta?? Is it spicy, cheesy or tomatoey???

I’m a big fan of all types! Not really an answer but I can’t seem to get enough of raviolis!

Apple Quinoa and Interval Track Workout

Thursday, mer. For some reason I feel like Thursdays are the longest days of the week. Jumping out of bed…probably not going to happen on a Thursday. And, well, it just didn’t happen today. I woke up and just zombied my way into the kitchen to fire up the coffee pot. THAT, was when I realized that a few days ago my aunt had sent me a yummy looking breakfast recipe. I had printed it out, and shoved it in my bag to remind me that apples needed to be purchased. They were purchased, and this morning was the morning to give it a try.

It is a Sweet Apple Quinoa and it was a really different take on it than I have had before. I changed it up a bit from the original, because I wanted to make it Vegan friendly and I don’t really think that any recipe is ever finished. You can always give them a little tweek.

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Uncooked Quinoa 1 Teaspoon Vegan Butter
1/2 Apple, Chopped 3/4 Cup of Water
Pinch of Cinnamon 1 Tablespoon Light Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Almond Milk

Directions:

1. Rinse the Quinoa. Then, in a small saucepan, heat up 3/4 Cup of water with the Quinoa. Bring it to a boil for a minute, then reduce the heat to a simmer for 5-10 minutes. When the quinoa shows a little tail at the end of each piece, it is done.

2. Heat up a skillet and melt the butter. Add the apples to the skillet and cook them until they are at the desired texture. I really gave them a good cooking 🙂

3. Once the Quinoa is done cooking, mix in the brown sugar, milk, and cinnamon. Then stir in the apples and Bon Apetit!

While I was cooking this up, I looked down at the puppies. They literally sit right in front of the stove whenever I am making something. I thought the Oreo looked particularly cute and wanted to snap a picture to share. Apparently the flash was a bit too bright for Oreo’s eyes this morning:

Too Bright!!! Come on…she’s kind of cute…

After coming home, STARVING because I hadn’t eaten lunch the past two days in the office, I decided to pack myself a little snack and lunch. Whenever I am really looking for something to snack on when I’m on the road, I stop at Publix and grab one of the hummus and flat pretzel packs they have there. I absolutely love them because they are extremely portable and a healthy snack. They fill you up, and you don’t feel bad about what you just did afterwards. Unfortunately, I didn’t have one sitting around, so I just made my own!

It’s my favorite snack. Better than chips, but you still get that great chip crunch. And the hummus flavor you can change up all the time. This was a Red Pepper Hummus.

On the hummus roll (I really like hummus if you couldn’t tell already) I made an easy Veggie sandwich with a Garlic Hummus. I piled on some green peppers and sprouts on a honey wheat english muffin. Delish.

These two little meals really got me through the day. BUT, I was still planning on how I was going to dress up the leftover pasta from last night. I mean, I do have 3/4 of a pound of pasta sitting in my fridge and you can only have so much before you are all fed up. So what I did was, cook up some crumbles (fake red meat that I think is better than ground beef), some leftover red sauce from my experimenting with red sauce the other week, goat cheese, and parmesan cheese. IT was MOUTH WATERING. The leftover red sauce is very garlic and full of flavor. The goat cheese really played off the flavor perfectly.

I know it might not look all the full of yum, but I was really in love with the flavor. For desert, I may have eaten 4 too many cookies. Don’t do it. It’s not worth it.

To finish up the day, and to digest some of those cookies, whoops, I headed out to the high school track. I wanted to get in a quick workout before it got dark, but it needed to count. This Interval Track Workout will do just that. You will run a little over 2 miles and be exhausted by the end of it.

It’s a great workout to rev the metabolism and it’s a quick one. You can really get through this in 25 minutes. It’s a nice way to mix up the treadmill workouts and long distance runs.

I really want to give this Body Pump class a go. That is the next thing on the workout To-DO list.It’s a great workout to rev the metabolism and it’s a quick one. You can really get through this in 25 minutes. It’s a nice way to mix up the treadmill workouts and long distance runs.