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Recent Eats: Mexican Quinoa, One-Pan Dinners and Throw it in a Bowl

Hey there. Sorry I have been quiet this week. Things have been busy with the work I do outside of blogging while personal life and friendships have needed some extra attention at the same time.

One thing I have learned about juggling several job roles along with life in general is that everything ebbs and flows. These days I am able to roll with that a little better. It’s totally okay and normal to experience shifts in focus and I accept now that I can’t be 100% on top of the game on everything 100% of the time. That’s a recipe for crazy-making.

I’m going to do a quick catch up on food today and tomorrow I’ll share Friday favorites.

Let’s go in reverse order so a bowl of sweet potatoes isn’t the first thing you see again. 😉

Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers with Guacamole and Salsa

I made stuffed peppers with my favorite Mexican Quinoa recipe and then topped it off with salsa, guacamole, cilantro and lime. I first posted this Mexican Quinoa back in 2010 and have been making variations of it ever since. In the recipe you see above, I added a can of diced tomatoes and decreased the cooking liquid by a half cup to accommodate for the liquid in the tomatoes.

One Pan Greek Chicken and Rice

Here’s my take on that One-Pan Greek Chicken and Rice recipe that I shared in my meal planning post. I skipped the marinade (didn’t have time) and used my own seasonings instead and used a sprouted rice and quinoa blend in place of white rice. Also, I used a chicken breast instead of thighs because that’s what I had. I’m really good at putting my own spin on things (haha) and don’t judge me because my photo isn’t as pretty as hers. If only I ate during daylight hours. Maybe one day.

Greek Chicken and Rice with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

All plated up with roasted brussels sprouts tossed with sliced almonds, lemon juice and dijon.

Mexican Quinoa and Salsa Chicken Bowl

Leftover Mexican quinoa repurposed into a bowl of deliciousness. I shredded baby spinach and kale and tossed it in lime juice, olive oil and sea salt and then topped it with the quinoa mix and leftover shredded salsa chicken from the depths of the freezer. Finished off with guac, cilantro and limes.

Lunch at Dean & Deluca

Transitioning to lunch, one of my dearest friends sent me a last minute text on Monday asking if I had lunch plans. I had a feeling something was up so I dropped everything, threw on some jeans (getting crazy on a Monday for me) and met her and Dean & Deluca. We ordered matching lunches of salmon salads along with a glass of rose to toast fresh starts.


Clearly I’ve been all about meals in bowls this week. Here’s a lunch of the leftover quinoa/rice mix from the Greek chicken dinner over spinach with turkey, avocado and hummus.

Lunch at Whole Foods with Fried Plantains

Light lunch at Whole Foods. Salad with spinach, beets, artichokes, almonds, dried cranberries, oil and balsamic and the most amazing freshly fried plantains over coconut rice on the side.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl with Cashew Butter and Coconut Cream

It’s been COLD in Charlotte this week in the mornings. It was 34 degrees yesterday! I’ve been craving warm breakfast bowls so I’ve been sticking with the sweet potatoes. This bowl is topped with full fat coconut cream (YUM!) and cashew butter (DOUBLE YUM!).

Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I have to take my breakfast on the go and eat it while sitting in traffic which is not ideal but I do try to make sure the car is stopped when taking bites. I wanted to share this bowl because I mixed regular and white Japanese sweet potatoes and it was so good!

I’ll do another “after the Whole30” post in the next week or so and share where I’ve landed with food a little over two months later. It feels like a good spot! 🙂

Have a great evening and I’ll see y’all tomorrow! xx

Any favorite quinoa recipes to share? 

What’s been on the breakfast rotation since the arrival of spring? 

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  • Tera April 7, 2016, 9:02 pm

    The colors in your stuffed bell peppers are soooo vibrant!! Very pretty 🙂

    • Jen DeCurtins April 10, 2016, 11:04 am

      Thank you! Such a bonus when your food looks pretty, right?

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine April 8, 2016, 8:13 am

    Yea…so much for warmer weather! I’m still digging the hot bowls of oats and quinoa flakes!

    • Jen DeCurtins April 10, 2016, 11:05 am

      Agreed, I need warm foods to warm me up. Ready for those summer days!

  • Alyssa April 8, 2016, 8:30 am

    why does everything you create look so darn delicious?! I’m back into chia pudding right now. I’ve been adding frozen berries during the prep and it gives it a great taste in the morning.

    • Jen DeCurtins April 10, 2016, 11:05 am

      Aw, thanks! I will have to try the frozen berry addition to the actual mixture instead of on top. Thanks for the suggestion. My friend Teri at Foodie Stays Fit does that too!

  • Ashley @ DownHomeDuo April 8, 2016, 8:39 am

    Everything you ate looks awesome! My favorite way to eat quinoa is cooked in organic chicken broth, then served with a pat of butter and himalayan salt. So simple, so good! Every time I make it, my twins go absolutely crazy for it.

  • Ashley @ DownHomeDuo April 8, 2016, 8:46 am

    Everything you ate looks awesome!! Those sweet potato bowls are a great idea 🙂

    I love cooking quinoa in organic chicken broth, then serving it with a pat of butter and himalayan salt. It’s so simple, but SO good! My twins absolutely go crazy for it.

    • Jen DeCurtins April 10, 2016, 11:06 am

      Ashley – I love plain quinoa like that too. Sometimes I’ll cook it just like you mentioned and add chopped avocado. So good.

  • Becca April 8, 2016, 9:55 am

    I finally tried your sweet potato breakfast and I LOVE IT! It is one of my go to options during the week. Thank you for sharing and inspiring on a daily basis!

    • Jen DeCurtins April 10, 2016, 11:07 am

      Yay! So glad you liked it. 🙂

  • Amanda April 9, 2016, 12:21 pm

    These posts always serve as meal inspirations for me. So…thanks!!

    • Jen DeCurtins April 10, 2016, 11:07 am

      So happy to hear this!

  • Amanda April 12, 2016, 12:18 pm

    How long did you cook the stuffed peppers for? They look delish!

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