Before I dive into the food, it’s time for a quick ST30 Update for this week!
Sunday – 30 Day Shred, Level 2: I may or may not have ended this (after the cooldown) by laying, close to death, on the floor and declaring that Jillian is insane. And I love it.
Monday – Morning planks and leg raises: I did 3 planks for 60 sec each. My shoulders and abs were both confused as to why I thought they had anything left in them (see above: Shred, level 2), but we made it through each one.
Tuesday: “Arnold”s (arm routine that works the shoulders), squats, bicep curls and planks.
Challengers, what have you done so far this week? Share your progress!
Dinner tonight was another successful new creation.
I bought one large tomato at Whole Foods last week – it was local (from Maryland) and for some reason I just could not resist it. Perfectly round, firm, juicy, bright red and just waiting to be an inspiration for some sort of meal! Remembering Caitlin’s dinner last week, I took that casserole concept and went with it:
Quick Tomato Quinoa Casserole
makes 2 servings
1/2 cup Quinoa, uncooked
1/4 cup Roasted Red pepper hummus
1/4 cup Salsa
2 cups Broccoli (frozen and heated)
1/4 cup Garbanzo Beans (rinsed)
1/2 tomato, cut into pieces
Ground Red pepper, black pepper
I used frozen broccoli, but you could also use fresh and steam it or roast it first.
This could not be easier: cook your broccoli, chop your tomato, and then combine everything in a large mixing bowl. Heat the oven to 400*, pour the mixture into a greased casserole dish, and bake for ~33 minutes. Let it cool for another 3-4 minutes before eating, it’s hot!
The mixture, topped with cheese, was a great combination of flavor and texture. Crunchy quinoa, thick eggs, baked vegetables, and melted creamy Jalapeno Monterey Jack come together very nicely.
According to my calculations, this yields ~420+/- calories per serving, with a good nutrient distribution:
Protein: Quinoa, eggs, garbanzo beans, cheese
Fat: cheese, eggs
Plus you have a great nutrient load from the broccoli, tomatoes, garbanzo beans and salsa! Enjoy.