Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I'm in the mood...

...for some protein after that workout! Matt and I had the opportunity to work with one of the new trainers at the gym today. He took us through a 60 minute workout that was intense! The first time I looked at the clock I was covered in sweat and feeling it- then I realized only 15 minutes had passed. We made it through somehow, but definitely know that we have plenty of room for improvement. It felt good and I'm sure we will be feeling it tomorrow.

So to fill the protein needs caused by our intense workout I made something with a little Mexican kick. Tonight's meal came together in an odd way, and it all started with a yellow squash. After that I just kept grabbing random items until it looked like it might turn into something tasty.

Here's what I gathered:
1 yellow squash
1 purple onion
1 pepper
1 can black beans (protein!)
1 small can green chilies
1 cup quinoa (protein!)
2 spicy black bean burgers (protein!)
taco seasonings

I cooked the 1 cup of quinoa in 2 cups of water until all the water had been absorbed. Meanwhile in large skillet I sauteed the chopped squash, onion, and pepper. After the veggies were cooked down I added one can of rinsed black beans, green chilies, and taco seasonings.

At this point your quinoa should be done, so add it to you veggies. Then add taco seasoning to your liking, we like it spicy so we added extra cayenne pepper. Then add in the cooked and chopped spicy black bean burgers. (Note: feel free to leave them out and substitute chicken or any other meat you'd like.)

Mix it all together and then top it as you like. Our toppings included greek yogurt, sliced olives, grape tomatoes, and some crumbs from tortilla chips for a little crunch.

Does that look yummy or what? It was very tasty and it was super filling. In total the above recipe made four servings, so we also have lunch tomorrow!

Maybe something Italian tomorrow??? Or maybe I'll be inspired by something else during the day!

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