Thursday, April 7, 2011

Take 2 - Second half of my last 4 day **AND Black Bean Quinoa Recipe!**

Alright, well, last couple days were interesting, but easy eating wise. I arrived in LA & did a 40 minute run before heading down to the hotel bar to watch the Butler v. UConn game. I brought my own salad down, our new salad on the plane, surprisingly good! Romain lettuce, black beans, corn, chick peas, tomatoes, & I think olives too. I added the rest of my salmon to it & used about half of the olive oil dressing that comes with it. It was actually really good & really filling. The perfect dinner with a couple beers while watching the game, even if Butler lost :( I got told by the waitress I couldn't have outside food, to which I kindly told her I had a "special diet" and couldn't eat anything there. She said I still had to leave. So I said I understood she was doing her job & if there was someone else I could talk to about it? She nicely said, yea, the manager, but she said I could stay and eat it as long as if he came over I told him she told me I had to leave. "Of course!" I'm not trying to get anyone in trouble here! Goes to show you what being nice (& probably buying  a couple beers too) can do for you!
I kept away from the salty snacks on the plane & stuck with my PB mix & celery. BUT did give into the caramel corn! That will be the death of me these next few months! I basically had the same for dinner in DC & munch on a few truffles gifted to us by a fellow FA flying us from another airline. YUM. I had my quinoa for lunch also on the way to DC. Just as good as the day I made it & as promised I will add the recipe at the bottom of this! I took the day of in DC & yesterday with the exception of some awesome crunches & lunges in my room before getting ready to fly home. I should have done a Tone It Up workout but didn't have one handy so I just knocked out 20 lunges each leg, 40 squats, tone it up's fave ab workout (see my entry back-back! Ahhh! for the link) & two sets of 20 push ups, first set girl style, 2nd set manly style! Pretty lame, but I knew the chances of my running after I got back to SF & drove home were slim, so wanted to do something.

Now I'm home & while eating healthy is slightly easier, it still has its challenges :) I'm off to get my run in after my usual hibernation/laziness post trip! I already have slacked the last couple days with my working/cardio, so a looong run will feel really good today! (Map of my run!) Hope everyone is having a good week & enjoying the rollercoaster of spring weather!


Black Bean, Roasted Corn, & Avocado Salad on a Bed of Red Quinoa
*As a note, I tend to loosely follow recipes & add things at will depending on mood haha so I will put the original recipe along with some of my modifications :)

1 C Red Quinoa, cooked with broth (chicken or veggie broth)
2 C chicken or veggie broth
1-15oz can of black beans (I roll with the TJs brand or any certified organic brand usually!)
2 C roasted corn kernals (I use TJs canned corn. It is good & crisp still, and I only use one can, probably about 1 1/2 C-ish?)
1 avocado, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup red onion, finely diced (I usually use more because I love red onion!)
3/4 C cilantro dressing (I usually don't use this)
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/4 C olive oil (I usually use a little less)
Zest of 1 lime (I use zest & squeeze in the lime!)
Sea Salt & Pepper
*I also often add sliced olives! Probably about 1/2 C-1 C

Cook Quinoa according to package directions subbing water for broth of choice. While quinoa cooks, combine beans, corn, avocado, tomatoes, & onions. Top with salad dressing and toss gently. Add salt, pepper & lime zest to taste. Add 1/2 of the cilantro & gently toss once more. Set aside.

When quinoa is cooked, toss with olive oil, add salt & pepper to taste. Set aside to cool. When ready to serve spread quinoa on large serving platter & top with corn & bean mixture. Garnish with remaining cilantro.(serves 6 as a side dish)

*As we all know I rarely make this for serving, so I put it all in a large bowl to mix together then store in the fridge :) It easily keeps for a 5-7 days & is seriously delicious every time in my opinion anyway!


Blogger FlyGirl17 said...

Ha I had forgotten I scarfed a bagel AND like 5 bites of cereal at 1am Cali time in DC. I blame it on being up at such an ungodly hour. Not that a bagel and cereal is the WORST to eat, but both at 1am on a day you're probably not going to get any cardio in. BAD. Just goes to show you, we all slip, just get right back on track after you do! :)

07 April, 2011 17:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does Coffee fit into your diet? or does it?????

07 April, 2011 18:02  
Blogger FlyGirl17 said...

It definitely does! If I have coffee at home I usually have coffee with almond milk, when I'm traveling & splurging I have soymilk lattes! YUM! Sometimes I will even ask them to steam a little less milk in them so it lowers the calories a little, but I like the taste better than a regular latte & think its worth the few extra cals. I don't care for the coffee we have on our planes so I tend to drink it rarely & when I do I use the 2% milk onboard because it helps off set the taste a little more with about half a pack of stevia to sweeten it up a little.

I go on heavy coffee drinking phases & light ones, I'm currently on a light one. Which tends to happen in spring for me it seems. Not cold enough to want a hot latte & not quite hot enough for a iced one. As it gets warmer I'm willing to bet I start throwing iced coffee in more often :)

07 April, 2011 19:06  

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