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Mexican Quinoa V2 + Strong & Confident

I really loved all of the pet discussion today about food and training. I try to keep the blog mostly focused on food/fitness/lifestyle and try to not go overboard with the pet pictures/posts. I do consider owning a pet to be part of my lifestyle so I’m happy that the food post was well received. For those of you who requested a post about training…I have to tell you that Sullie is selectively trained. She is very good at things like listening to commands, being good off-leash and being patient and sweet but she has always struggled with things like walking on a leash (pulling) as well as getting overly excited around new people/situations.

Despite her very few challenges, I do consider myself extremely lucky. Sullie is amazing and I am constantly telling her how cute and sweet she is (yes, I talk to her…all the time). I am always awed by how much comfort and happiness that pets provide. I feel so fortunate that I can bring her to work with me a couple of times a week. She really loves being with people and I feel so guilty when I leave her alone.

Okay, enough pet talk. Let’s get back to our other regularly discussed topics!

Breakfast this morning was overnight (20 minute) oats with Bob’s Red Mill Museli. I love this stuff and forgot I had some in the freezer. I added banana, peaches, apples, chia seeds, dried cranberries, cinnamon, plain Greek yogurt and almond milk and let it sit in fridge for about 20 minutes until it “set.” I topped it with peanut butter and Crofter’s jam.

I made a big pot of Mexican Quinoa for lunch so that I would have leftovers. I have posted a recipe for Mexican Quinoa before but this version is easier and I think a little tastier. Today’s recipe included:

1 cup quinoa
1 cup vegetable broth
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can MexiCorn, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes with zesty jalapeños (the whole can, juice and all)
1 handful of cilantro, chopped
1 quarter of a lime, juiced
Salt to taste

Add all ingredients except for cilantro and lime to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Simmer for about 25 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in cilantro and lime juice and season with salt.

I love to serve it over spinach (the spinach gets all wilty with the hot quinoa mixture) and top with cheese, sour cream, salsa and avocado and add some blue corn chips on the side for dipping. It’s also a great side dish on it’s own with fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, etc. So easy, just dump and cook. Try it!

Dinner after taking CrossFit and teaching yoga was a salad with salmon. Arugula blend, yellow tomato, carrots, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese, toasted pecans and dried cranberries with a TJs salmon burger. I dressed it with a simple honey/lemon juice/olive oil vinaigrette and toasted and buttered some whole wheat naan on the side.

Now, to start your day on a strong and confident note…

And one of my favorite blogs, Joy the Baker, wrote a great post yesterday about confidence as part of her “Notes to Self” series. This was the highlight of the post for me.

“Remember this:  everyone is just as scared and unsure as you are.  They may not have the exact same fears or worries… but they have them.  For sure.  Some people are just better at hiding their fears than others, but we’re all in this together.  When in doubt (which may be more often than we’d like), remember that you’re good enough exactly right now, stop fussing with your hair, get out there, and live!  Exactly right now… you’re, we’re dang good enough.”

Have a great day!

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  • Cheryl @ happy is the new healthy August 29, 2012, 8:08 am

    Your eats look SO good.

    Agree: Your dog is adorable!

    But I disagree about that picture. Strong is not the new skinny, and if it is, we’re in trouble. Replacing one ideal with another that’s just as out of reach (the photos show women who are arguably just as unattainable and extreme as skinny women are, just in a more fitness-world socially acceptable way) as the uber skinny women some people idolize. I wrote a long post about this, actually, because I think it’s really important to focus on being your healthiest, strongest, and best self–without photos of women with 8 packs and huge biceps half naked calling themselves strong. — http://happyisthenewhealthy.com/2012/04/26/why-do-we-need-a-new-skinny/

  • Erica { EricaDHouse.com } August 29, 2012, 9:36 am

    I will be making that Mexican Quinoa this week for lunches! I think I’ll use it on a salad one day and maybe roll it into a wrap the next. Minus the cilantro though – that stuff just tastes like feet to me 🙂

  • Bethany Hale August 29, 2012, 9:54 am

    Love your blog and love your food….YUMMY. Keep up the great work!

  • Julianna @ Julianna Bananna August 29, 2012, 10:23 am

    just the other day i saw quinoa i have sitting in the cabinet but didn’t have any inspiration for what to do with it. i think i know what i am making now!

  • Linda August 29, 2012, 10:45 am

    Sullie is just beautiful! I had a golden for years, they are amazing and wonderful companions.

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers August 29, 2012, 12:58 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. I missed the first one, so I’m glad I caught this. I usually make big batches of things for lunch too. It’s sooooo much easier. I <3 Leftovers

  • Brittany {yoga.life.spark} August 29, 2012, 1:55 pm

    Can’t wait to try the new Mexican Quinoa recipe. I love quinoa but get stuck in a rut with it pretty easily. Looks delish! Thanks for sharing the quote from your favorite blog – it really struck a chord and was much needed to hear today 🙂

  • Lisa August 29, 2012, 4:24 pm

    I love Mexican food, that quinoa looks incredibly delicious!
    I definitely think that saying can get a little over-used and then people can put too much focus on looking like an unrealistic figure competitor instead of the best version of themselves. I mean, its better than trying to starve yourself, but we also need to realize we can’t look like the women on the cover of fitness magazines as well.
    I really like that quote from Joy The Baker though! Perfectly said!

  • Lee August 29, 2012, 8:21 pm

    Murphy is selectively trained also. He won’t run away to run away, but if he seems something to chase, like a cat, he will not listen to “come”.

  • Katie August 29, 2012, 9:23 pm

    Yum, Jen! Just made this quinoa (I’ve been in a weird eating rut lately and also been eating mostly vegetarian)… a DELICIOUS and easy fix! I’m loving the incorporation of recipes to PBR 🙂

    • Jen September 3, 2012, 8:29 pm

      awesome! i’m so happy to hear it turned out well for you. i ate it four days in a row last week…unheard of for me!

  • Nadine August 29, 2012, 9:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing all your pics and stories about Sullie – she’s adorable! Since you are in Charlotte near Dilworth, thought you might be interested in a blessing of the animals that we’re doing at St. Andrews Presbyterian church on Oct. 7th. If you want to bring Sullie I can send you the details – should be a fun service with all the pets. Keep up the great blogging!

    • Jen September 3, 2012, 8:28 pm

      i love that! i should be in town that weekend. (i think…may be at the beach). i would love more information!

  • heidi March 31, 2014, 11:17 pm

    Love the Mexican quinoa recipe…although I realized I was out of quinoa so turned this into a Mexican couscous

  • heidi March 31, 2014, 11:18 pm

    Soooo good!!! 🙂

  • linda August 29, 2015, 8:54 pm

    Made this tonight for dinner & it was delicious & so easy to make!! Thanks for sharing! Even my husband loved it.

    • Jen August 30, 2015, 7:30 pm

      Yay! Happy to hear it!

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