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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.

Quinoa and All Fired Up!

This weekend was a bit of sunny and a lot of bit of rainy because of our friend Isaac coming by. On Saturday morning I took Oreo to get her hair cut because last month we attempted to groom her ourselves, and well….only half of her chest is shaved, her legs have extremely long hair so she looks like she has a pair of uggs on all the time, and she has a beard. It’s safe to say that we struggled a bit.

So, off to the groomers it was. The whole, Let’s see if we can shave Oreo ourselves to save a bit of money thing, isn’t ever going to happen again.

You can kind of see her little beard in the picture, but trust me, when you look at her straight on there is no mistaking it.

When I got back, I decided to take Bacon for a walk to get me some Starbuck’s. This is definitely one of my favorite things to do with the pups. Nothing beats just sitting outside with your dog sipping on a cold Frappacino.

The Americano still fits into my Vegan diet and I don’t have to feel like I’m compromising what I love.

When I got home I decided to whip up some Quinoa. I hadn’t actually given this a try before, but I have heard such good things that I felt like it was time to. I decided to go really simple this time just to get the idea of it, but be ready for some more extravagant Quinoa breakfasts in the future!

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Rinsed Quinoa 1 1/2 Cups Almond Milk
Fresh Bluberries Fresh Strawberries

Directions:

1. In a saucepan, heat up the Quinoa and Almond milk to a low simmer. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes until the Quinoa has absorbed most of the milk and has a soft texture.

2. Once it is at the texture that you like, pull it off the heat and transfer to a bowl. Add in the fruits and enjoy!

I am definitely going to have to make this again and get a bit more creative. The options with this are endless. Quinoa is such a good base for just about anything.

When Brent finally got off work, we went out on a little date night. We went to Panera to grab him some food and I wasn’t took hungry so I ordered their berry smoothie. Normally, the way that they make it, they use a non-fat greek yogurt as the base. They actually took out the greek yogurt for me and had simply the frozen fruit and ice. It was delicious. I would say maybe even better than with the yogurt!

After downing that, we went to All Fired Up. I have been DYING to go there and I am so happy we finally got to! All Fired Up is a paint your own pottery place in Winter Park. I am sure there are tons of different places just like this all over the country but it was so much fun. There are tons of different things that you can paint. They had bowls and platters, and cookie plates, Christmas Trees, Halloween themed pottery, piggy banks. You name it, they had it for you to paint.

Once you pick out your pottery, you sit down and they explain all of the paints and all of the different tools for painting. Even if you are artistically challenged, they have stencils and stamps to help you make a master piece. Anything you can think of.

We decided on a cookie canister. When we finally sat down to paint it, we ended up staring at the empty pottery for a solid 20 minutes trying to figure out what to do next. I grabbed some lace and letter stencils and we just went to work.

The lace was apparently one of the hardest things to do, and the most time consuming, but that’s typically how anything with me goes. I like a challenge.

The girls working there are really helpful in getting you everything that you need and pointing you in the right direction. You can also bring your own wine to sip on while working on your work of art. They have some drinks there for you as well just in case you are there for the long haul.

This was our finished product, which only took a casual 3 hours. You end up leaving the piece there for them to put in the kiln. It is ready for you to pick up in a week. I can’t wait to see what this looks like when it is all done!

I highly recommend this to people that are looking for something fun to do on a weekend night thats a little more low key. If this isn’t close to you, just hit up google for a local Paint your own pottery place.

Happy Eating!